Just a few words to welcome the new ShareSoc web site – still at www.sharesoc.org of course.
The old one was basically knocked up by me using the Serif WebPlus software in a few days when ShareSoc was first founded at the end of 2010 and it has lasted a lot longer than could reasonably have been expected. Although quite a lot of content was added over the years, the structure and functionality remained pretty much unchanged. So it was certainly time for a redesign.
Some folks liked the old design, while others did not, and technically it was becoming out of date. But not too bad for an amateur web designer I thought. It also of course cost ShareSoc nothing, while the new one has been a significant expense as it was developed by a commercial third-party. But it does provide a much better platform as the basis to improve membership recruitment and the provision of new services to members.
Have a good look at it and see what you think. I am sure you might be able to suggest further improvements.
Just bear a thought for the poor designer/artist who just had his efforts scrapped and consigned to history. But that’s life in the IT world.
I understand your sentiments. All your hard work will not be forgotten and is much appreciated. A key reason why it took so long to complete the new website was the sheer volume of content in the old one.
Visitors to our new site have already informed me that they’re finding the valuable content you created easier to find, which was one of my key objectives. So, hopefully your work will be more widely read, in future.
As a point of information, WebPlus has now been discontinued. I wanted to purchase a copy so that we could maintain the old website during the transition, but was unable to do so. The only way we could maintain the old website was by hacking the HTML directly! As you know, the new site is on the WordPress platform, which has become the de facto standard for SME websites.