Working behind the scenes

Written by  Wednesday, 28 October 2015 21:18
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I have been busy working behind the scenes, creating a new website which is hopefully more productive for our volunteers who log onto the volunteers area.

This includes improved menus to help everyone find the area's that they are looking for, this has been a rethink of the menu system that we have been using, which over the last couple of years has grown and expanded.

With any luck it will help our volunteers to be more productive and not having to hunt around or send me a message on where to find things! There are a couple of weeks more work needed before the new site is ready to be released.

An extra feature which will be coming is the ability to comment directly on articles which are written on the site utilising the popular Disqus commenting system which will allow anyone to comment on articles using there social media accounts.

But the testing I have been doing does suggest it's faster than our current site, I have also been working through the wealth of articles we have and have corrected lots of little errors and spelling mistakes!

I have also spent time in making improvements on the server that the website sits upon. This has included improving elements that are cached for browsers to speed things up. But undoubtedly the biggest improvement has been being able to active something called http2.

Http2 is the single biggest change to the internet in the last 15 years, it's been 15 years since the last http standard was written this was version 1.1. So what benefits are seen by those who browse our site? Speed is the real single biggest improvement because the server is able to send more item's that go to generate the site in your browser.

When I haven't been working away on the site, I have been working on some of the job statistics that we have been undertaking, at the moment it's creating a monthly report breaking down the jobs by each hospital.

As soon as I can decide on a good format to display the information on the website I will fill in the gaps on the Job Statistics pages. Hopefully giving a broader view of the work the charity is completing in the community.

It's time for me to head back to getting more bits ready for the new website, and also look at writing 2 news articles about recent developments in the charity.

Dave Webber

Dave joined Devon Freewheelers in Feb 2013, as a rider I am part of the team that keeps the charitys IT working as it should. I also bleed members for articles that we can post on the site. Ride safe everyone.