“Our Front Page” Progress Update

Hi all, just a bit of an update on progress as I’m sure you are wondering what is happening with the updates on the site. Following on from Bill’s post “Our home page”, Duncan and I have been working away in the background trying to get as much of the web related things sorted as possible, ably assisted by Hayley, Lizzie and Allan, who have been testing things to destruction.

The following is an update on what is likely to be implemented over the next few weeks:

1.  A redesigned front page to give a more “gardening” focused feel.

2.  Greater focus on new members on the front page.

3.  The ability for members to select a category for their blogs. (Selection between: Gardening Blogs, Gardening Videos, Children’s Gardening Stories, Odds and Sods)

4.  A Search facility.

5.  An easier method of accessing personal member’s area and adding personal profile details.

6.  Tags – these are being dispensed with so will not be needed.

7.  FAQs section, please submit anything you think should be included here to one of the Moderators, Hayleyagora, Gonewest or RonValley.

8. Chat page, removed.

9. Diary Blogs – This is being worked on, but tricky, so not quite there yet.

10. Membership boosting. We have advertising posters in the pipeline.

We have already started implementing some of the changes that do not impact on the rest of the site and hope to begin implementing the more complex ones over the next few weeks. You may occasionally see a “site maintenance” notice; that will be the changes going in. Please bear with us when these are happening, we will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum.

If anyone would like to have a look at the work “in progress” we are testing things at www.gcshed.co.uk.  You won’t be able to log in or register, but please feel free to have a look around.

21 Responses

  1. Just had a look, VV and wow – you’ve all been working very hard on this :good: Looks brill so far. Can’t wait to see the finished product :yes:

  2. VegVamp says:

    Thanks Jane, hopefully it won’t be too long. :yes:

  3. Bill says:

    What a brilliant new front page !! A much better feel and tons of colour. Many thanks to all to you and Duncan and a really big thank you to all of the testers, Hayley , Lizzie and Al. All going in the right direction now. :good:

  4. gibbon says:

    yes much improved ,and a big thanks from me, what I am waiting for now is some were were I can put an interduction to fruit growing, that will stay were people can find it esaly and I can do a monthly what and how too, and for myself and others to be able to answer questions, on problems that can arise,

  5. :good: Looking good. thankyou for all the hardwork being put in by everyone behind the scenes :rose:

  6. cazrym says:

    Just had a quick look and i must say i like the look of it brill Well done all involved :yahoo: :good:

  7. Yewbarrow says:

    Wow, am in awe, looks brilliant, big thanks for hard work on our behalf

  8. TEDPIPES says:

    Looks good, more slick, will attract more new members, can’t wait to see it complete.

  9. gertie says:

    That is looking real good :yes: Thank you to the geniuses who are putting it together…admit to guffawing over the poor cats falling about…hope they weren’t hurt in the making of the film. Thank you for the story space too…must tell OB he writes good’uns. Well done and well doing All Mod-bods. xxxxxAnne :heart: :rose:

  10. Tig says:

    It looks great, much easier to navigate and see what has been posted

  11. cradleymike says:

    I like the new look, of course the layout changes are the easy bit, it is the work underneath that is the hardest, carry on the good work. :good:

  12. That looks really good, not easy to sort out so good on you guys for grasping the nettle Cheers :good:

  13. Beanstew says:

    I am really, really impressed – and I think we now have a set-up which, with the right support from its members, can go on to become a really great website, beloved of gardeners, and full of personality (that’s US) It has made me determined to get down to thinking about door-to-door leaflets to recruit new members from new housing developments – which I will get printed for delivery as time and place permit. We have been given the wherewithall by our dear techie geeks, and now its up to the rest of us to contribute as only we can, to be proactive in recruiting new members, to give them a GC welcome, and make sure they enjoy the experience.

  14. cilla says:

    Looks really good. You guys are so good and this site is going from strength to strength. Thanks to you all. :heart: :rose: :yes:

  15. VegVamp says:

    First of the big updates went in today, most of you won’t notice anything yet as it is just getting things in place for other updates, so sorry about the disruption earlier.

    However, the group admins should now be able to upload photos to topics in their own groups.

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