After the May 2014 club meeting had ended last Wednesday, the club president approached me about our website. We've both talked about replacing it, many times before, but I just hadn't managed to get around to it.
Well, when we got home after the meeting, the first thing I did was set up a facebook page for our radio club. My fist step in modernizing our approach to advertising and recruiting. Two days later, on Friday, I was talking with my good friend Robert. Robert builds websites for a living, and does a damn good job of it too. His main tool is WordPress, which I had always dismissed as plain old blogging software. After seeing some of the sites he has built with it, over the past couple of years, I started having second thoughts. I installed WordPress on our club's site, in another directory, and went to work on it Saturday morning. By late Sunday afternoon, the new site was complete, and I sent out an email to our club's Yahoo group, announcing the new site's availability. My friend Robert played no small part in this, his knowledge and insight helped me get the site built and ready in such short notice, and I thank him for that.
I never cease to be amazed at the progress of open source software! By using WordPress, which is most certainly open source, I was able to completely rebuild our club's website, in one weekend, and give it a fresh new look as well. Oh, that photo gallery software I wrote in PHP those many years ago? It has *finally* been replaced on this new site, with the WordPress Photo Album Plus plugin. What a fantastic piece of software, and fairly easy to use as well.