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Posted by: InstructorMax Jun 13 2007, 03:47 PM
If you have any ideas to improve our website, please feel free to let us know by posting your Ideas/Suggestions here and we will try to implement them wherever feasible.

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Posted by: Bdegan Jun 6 2008, 03:16 PM
QUOTE (InstructorMax @ Jun 13 2007, 03:47 PM)
If you have any ideas to improve our website, please feel free to let us know by posting your Ideas/Suggestions here and we will try to implement them wherever feasible.

This thread needs to get back on the right track.
It has been derailed for all the wrong reasons.

Posted by: ta154 Dec 9 2008, 10:56 AM
Perhaps a way of keeping it more up to date would be helpful.

Maybe we need someone to take on that task.

Posted by: Maxwell Dec 10 2008, 09:33 AM
The only thing which leaps to my mind is that we need to remove items which are stale dated or no longer applicable. There is no value in seeing an item which is a year old.

Posted by: jim judges Dec 13 2008, 12:02 PM
we should ask the membership again ,if there is anyone to manage the website on ongoing basis as this will also enhance communication for recent news ,for members andnon members alike. such as meeting minutes which have not been posted for members in years. some old things which have been discussed may or may not beimportant to some.. but for sale lists and forums of different types need to be attended to on at least a weekly basis plus website information on instruction... ect

Posted by: Bob Dec 26 2008, 10:07 PM
Hi Jim,

My understanding when this topic was very briefly discussed at our last Club meeting both Max Perez & Evan Cambray designated/assigned Brad Egan as the club’s Webmaster. My impression was that Brad had accepted the responsibility of updating the web site and told me he has the prerequisite web management software tools required to manage the web site. That is my perception of what occured unless I got the wrong end of the stick and totally miss read what was said. dry.gif

Regards Bob

Posted by: Bdegan Dec 26 2008, 10:16 PM
QUOTE (Bob @ Dec 26 2008, 10:07 PM)
Hi Jim,

My understanding when this topic was very briefly discussed at our last Club meeting both Max Perez & Evan Cambray designated/assigned Brad Egan as the club’s Webmaster.  My impression was that Brad had accepted the responsibility of updating the web site and told me he has the prerequisite web management software tools required to manage the web site. That is my perception of what occured unless I got the wrong end of the stick and totally miss read what was said.    dry.gif

Regards Bob

HI Bob,
This had been a discussion between Max and myself for a few months. After I spoke with you at the meeting. I spoke with Max about you coming on board as well. Because your knowledge exceeds my own.
Max agreed that you would be a valuable member to the team.
Max is supposed to contact you, about us all getting together to go over the website. Layouts, ideas etc. Sometime in the coming week.
I am off work this coming week, so I am available most days except the 1st of course. I need to freeze my fingers icon_mrgreen.gif

Posted by: Carlo D Aug 9 2009, 11:08 AM
Max perhaps there should be a link to the real time weather in aurora on the amac website. Or even an icon with the real time weather right on the site.

Posted by: Bob Aug 9 2009, 07:09 PM
This is as close to real time as you get: wink.gif

http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/radar/index_e.html?id=WKR

Posted by: InstructorMax Aug 9 2009, 07:50 PM
QUOTE (Carlo D @ Aug 9 2009, 11:08 AM)
Max perhaps there should be a link to the real time weather in aurora on the amac website. Or even an icon with the real time weather right on the site.

Hi Carlo. There is an icon and link to the weather network Aurora weather at the bottom of the main page Here:

http://www.auroramodelaircraft.com/

Posted by: Bob Aug 9 2009, 09:32 PM
QUOTE (InstructorMax @ Aug 9 2009, 08:50 PM)
QUOTE (Carlo D @ Aug 9 2009, 11:08 AM)
Max perhaps there should be a link to the real time weather in aurora on the amac website. Or even an icon with the real time weather right on the site.

Hi Carlo. There is an icon and link to the weather network Aurora weather at the bottom of the main page Here:

http://www.auroramodelaircraft.com/


Max he asked for real-time, the weather link at the bottom of the web site is a standard ho-hum weather forecast that is updated 3 times a day. There are frequently up dated marine and aviation forecasts that get close to real time. The only real time weather information is the automated weather buoys in lake Ontario and the radar network across Canada, the closest being in King City.

Posted by: DaveandGarry Aug 18 2009, 08:28 AM
Max, I've seen websites that highlight in bold the posts that you have yet to read and also indicates how many unread posts you have yet to read since last logging on. I find that helpful as then I know what I have missed. GB

Posted by: Bdegan Aug 18 2009, 08:56 AM
It does highlight the new threads and any thread that has new posts since you last looked at it

Posted by: DaveandGarry Aug 18 2009, 11:45 AM
Hi Brad, mine doesn't, perhaps I have something set up wrong. There is an icon that says view new posts but there are websites that have a counter indicating all new posts since last logged on. I will check my setup and profile to see if that can be corrected from my end.

Posted by: InstructorMax Aug 18 2009, 12:05 PM
I suspect its from your end Garry.

In order for your computer to "know" what you saw before and what is new on the forums, you need to have cookies enabled. If you set your Internet secutily level to "high", it disables cookies. That could be your problem (also check your antivirus software- some of them also set your Internet preferences to raise the security level automatically.)

Posted by: DaveandGarry Aug 18 2009, 03:35 PM
That must be it Max because new posts only appear if I select the "View New Posts"
header.

Thanks, GB

Posted by: Lenny G Aug 23 2009, 11:46 PM
ON THIS PAGE WHEN WE WRITE OUR REPLYS PUT AUTO SPELL CHECK.


AND IF IM MISSING IT THEN SORRY ALSO THERE ARE ALWAYS ERRORS

Posted by: Bdegan Aug 24 2009, 06:59 AM
No spell check. I have not seen a spell check on any public forum.
Slow down and sound out your words laugh.gif

What errors are you getting ???
Is it it the flood control message? You are trying to post to many messgages or replies to quickly?

One more thing......" STOP YELLING !!!" laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Wildlabman Aug 24 2009, 08:21 AM
QUOTE (Lenny G @ Aug 23 2009, 11:46 PM)
ON THIS PAGE WHEN WE WRITE OUR REPLYS PUT AUTO SPELL CHECK.


AND IF IM MISSING IT THEN SORRY ALSO THERE ARE ALWAYS ERRORS

What web browser are you using????

I use Firefox and it has built in spell checking.

Also, STOP YELLING......please biggrin.gif

Chris

Posted by: ta154 Aug 24 2009, 08:32 AM
QUOTE (Bdegan @ Aug 24 2009, 07:59 AM)
No spell check. I have not seen a spell check on any public forum.

One more thing......" STOP YELLING !!!" laugh.gif laugh.gif

That's interesting, Brad.

I've wondered about that because when I post from the Mac, there is a spell check already in operation.

Back in the day, on RCU, you could run a spell check on the message. You did that on your entry just before posting. Not any more.

Of course, the PC is something else entirely. It lets things like this go right on by:

I was haveing a really hard time

and this: I got it toa descent point

and:extended verticles

Ya jest cain't win!

As for caps, that's another matter altogether. Perhaps he has his keyboard set so that they come on as soon as he boots up his machine.

Posted by: Bdegan Aug 24 2009, 09:27 AM
QUOTE (Wildlabman @ Aug 24 2009, 08:21 AM)

What web browser are you using????

I use Firefox and it has built in spell checking.

Chris

I will have to check if IE does it....hhhmmmm ????

Posted by: Wildlabman Aug 24 2009, 09:28 AM
QUOTE (Bdegan @ Aug 24 2009, 09:27 AM)
QUOTE (Wildlabman @ Aug 24 2009, 08:21 AM)

What web browser are you using????

I use Firefox and it has built in spell checking.

Chris

I will have to check if IE does it....hhhmmmm ????

There are some plugins that also have it......Yahoo toolbar or Google toolbar both do it.

Chris

Posted by: Bdegan Aug 24 2009, 09:41 AM
Just found this one to try

http://www.iespell.com/download.php

I just downloaded and installed it.
It looks and works like the one in Microsoft Outlook or Word


Posted by: Lenny G Aug 24 2009, 08:24 PM
Im not YELLING!! lmao I just like to type with my caps on ... OK

LOL

LENNNN

Posted by: Carlo D Aug 31 2009, 12:03 PM
A good idea would be to add some kind of real time chat room that members can log into when they are on the website so even if a member does not have another members number they can still speak to each other if need be

Posted by: davecrash Aug 31 2009, 02:57 PM
QUOTE (Carlo D @ Aug 31 2009, 01:05 PM)
A good idea would be to add some kind of real time chat room that members can log into when they are on the website so even if a member does not have another members number they can still speak to each other if need be

I like this idea. not so much a room as a pop up window.

Posted by: davecrash Sep 2 2009, 02:59 PM
How about picture hosting. I hate having to load them to Photobucket and then tag them.

Posted by: crashalot Oct 28 2009, 08:54 PM


SWAP FORM - does not work on the Swap meet info. States " Error "

Posted by: Bdegan Oct 28 2009, 09:20 PM
QUOTE (crashalot @ Oct 28 2009, 08:54 PM)
SWAP FORM - does not work on the Swap meet info. States " Error "

Its not completely set up yet.
The form is being updated for 2010. Its coming, don't worry. you have your 2 tables wink.gif

Posted by: wparsons Mar 21 2010, 08:14 PM
I think the best thing to do for the main site is to use some form of CMS to make it easy to update and organize... Whether is wordpress, phpnuke, etc, etc, etc isn't important, although I would lean towards wordpress since the 'blog' main page could be used for news/updates and its SUPER easy to manage.

There used to be free packages that integrated nicely with the phpbb forums, and you could add user galleries, etc as well. This lets you use the forum user management tools to manage main site access as well(ie only actual members can have galleries, create an admin group that can perform updates, etc).

I'd be up for helping out with some design work, as well as set up, etc even though I'm not actually a club member. I've done design work for fun and to help friends, and web development puts food on my table biggrin.gif

A big part about it will be what all the members feel is useful, and what(if anything) could be ditched.

*edit* - this might be useful!

*double edit* - REALLY should've noticed before.... this isn't run on phpbb, AND its hosted on the invision servers which means no direct integration without moving the forums. Spoke too soon biggrin.gif

Posted by: wparsons Apr 10 2010, 08:42 AM
I got bored one night so I whipped this up quickly... FAR from anything finished, just an idea I had:

user posted image

Posted by: crashalot Apr 10 2010, 09:20 AM
Looks Greart. Thanks for the effort.
Maybe you should volunteer to help with the forums and our AMAC site

Posted by: wparsons Apr 10 2010, 09:38 AM
I'd definitely be up for that! Just don't want to step on any toes since I'm only a forum member, not a full member(yet).

Posted by: wparsons Apr 24 2010, 12:51 PM
Had a few more minutes to kill, so I whipped this up just for an idea..

http://amac.thewpp.ca/

Thoughts, suggestions? The navigation isn't finalized at all, it was just an idea of how to clean up the menu and make the site easier to navigate.

Posted by: Bdegan Apr 24 2010, 05:11 PM
It looks good thumbsup.gif

Posted by: InstructorMax Apr 24 2010, 06:14 PM
QUOTE (wparsons @ Apr 24 2010, 12:51 PM)
Had a few more minutes to kill, so I whipped this up just for an idea..

http://amac.thewpp.ca/

Thoughts, suggestions?  The navigation isn't finalized at all, it was just an idea of how to clean up the menu and make the site easier to navigate.

I like it.

So?

Hurry up and become a member so you can help me out...LOL! tongue.gif tongue.gif

Posted by: newrc Apr 26 2010, 08:32 AM
QUOTE (wparsons @ Mar 21 2010, 08:14 PM)
I think the best thing to do for the main site is to use some form of CMS to make it easy to update and organize... Whether is wordpress, phpnuke, etc, etc, etc isn't important, although I would lean towards wordpress since the 'blog' main page could be used for news/updates and its SUPER easy to manage.

There used to be free packages that integrated nicely with the phpbb forums, and you could add user galleries, etc as well. This lets you use the forum user management tools to manage main site access as well(ie only actual members can have galleries, create an admin group that can perform updates, etc).

I'd be up for helping out with some design work, as well as set up, etc even though I'm not actually a club member. I've done design work for fun and to help friends, and web development puts food on my table biggrin.gif

A big part about it will be what all the members feel is useful, and what(if anything) could be ditched.

*edit* - this might be useful!

*double edit* - REALLY should've noticed before.... this isn't run on phpbb, AND its hosted on the invision servers which means no direct integration without moving the forums. Spoke too soon biggrin.gif

I think using wordpress would be an amazing idea. I've been using it for years and always have loved it. It's totally free and you can even get a free forum integration plugin for it. We could get a custom theme made up easily and cheaply if not free. It would be a lot easier to use than manually editing the html and style sheet etc. I looked at the source code on the main page and that seems to be what's happening. Right now i see it's not w3c compliant, has no DOCTYPE etc. Using wordpress would be a very viable solution and would allow for frequent website updates to be done as long as someone's willing to do it. There are plenty of great looking themes out there that are free to use.

Posted by: odam2k Apr 26 2010, 08:56 AM
I agree, a CMS system of some sort would allow multiple people to maintain sections on the site without them needing to be web gurus... and if it came with a forum system that allowed more tags, that would be great. Most forums allow you to use [YouTube] tags, so you can see the videos right there.

Posted by: Bdegan Apr 26 2010, 09:00 AM
QUOTE (odam2k @ Apr 26 2010, 08:56 AM)
a forum system that allowed more tags, that would be great. Most forums allow you to use [YouTube] tags, so you can see the videos right there.

Yes agreed, that would be awesome thumbsup.gif

Posted by: InstructorMax Apr 26 2010, 09:37 AM
It has always been my objective to get more people involved in the club website. I am glad to see that our club has gorwn over the years, as well as the number of people who are helping out- the success of the last swap meet is a good example of the rise in members participating.

So I guess now is a good time to ask for volunteers to assist me in managing the web site.

Some great ideas being discussed here. I am an old dog but I still can learn some new tricks.

Rod?
Liam?
WParsons?

Posted by: newrc Apr 26 2010, 02:35 PM
QUOTE (InstructorMax @ Apr 26 2010, 09:37 AM)
It has always been my objective to get more people involved in the club website. I am glad to see that our club has gorwn over the years, as well as the number of people who are helping out- the success of the last swap meet is a good example of the rise in members participating.

So I guess now is a good time to ask for volunteers to assist me in managing the web site.

Some great ideas being discussed here. I am an old dog but I still can learn some new tricks.

Rod?
Liam?
WParsons?

I'd be happy to help get a system like this in place.

Posted by: wparsons Apr 29 2010, 08:38 PM
I'm most definitely in!

I'll see if there's any tools to backup the forums from invisionfree, and migrate them to either phpbb or vbulletin(not free, I think its about $500 for a license).

Once everything is up and running, it would be MUCH simpler to keep up to date and maintain.

Is there any club meetings coming up, or a convenient time to get together somewhere? Even a day at the field or something if that's easiest?

Posted by: newrc Apr 30 2010, 07:52 AM
QUOTE (wparsons @ Apr 29 2010, 08:38 PM)
I'm most definitely in!

I'll see if there's any tools to backup the forums from invisionfree, and migrate them to either phpbb or vbulletin(not free, I think its about $500 for a license).

Once everything is up and running, it would be MUCH simpler to keep up to date and maintain.

Is there any club meetings coming up, or a convenient time to get together somewhere? Even a day at the field or something if that's easiest?

I think smf(google simple machines forum) would be another good choice. Theres a landslide of plugins and themes available for it, it's free and i think it may be open source(not sure though). There are also plugins for wordpress that can integrate the admin section of the forums so it's viewable in the wordpress admin panel.

phpbb is also a great choice as i think it's free too. I can't really say anything about it though as i've never really used it that much.

I just think that no matter what script is decided upon, it's going to be a good thing that it's hosted by the club. That way if invisionfree has problems or goes down, the club doesn't suffer any damages, plus it could be backed up very easily.

biggrin.gif

Posted by: wparsons Apr 30 2010, 07:44 PM
There's an integration tool to do the same with wordpress and phpbb!

http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=544065

I think the forum choice should probably go to whichever is the easiest to migrate data to from the current one (if any).

*edit* - there's an existing tool to migrate from InvisionFree to phpbb3, the only snag is that apparently InvisionFree charges ~$50 for a database backup angry.gif oh, and passwords would have to be reset for every member. All posts, user accounts, etc would be kept thumbsup.gif

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