Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

Where walking is a pleasure

Our web-site


The purpose of this article is two-fold:

  1. to document the decisions that have been taken, and the configurations that have been implemented. This will act as a mnemonic for the current webmaster, and a training guide for any successors
  2. to allow any intersted parties to understand the way the web-site has been set up, and either use the same techniques themselves, or even provide alternative, more elegant solutions.


The underlying framework for the site is Joomla. The starting point for the construction of the site is that provided by The Ramblers, and in particular the skeleton site provided by the preferred hosting service as described on This uses as its base template one called Gantry, but also includes a number of specially built modules/plug-ins, e.g. RA Header and RA Footer.

We use Json Feeds to populate the walking programme. These feed off a master database of walks held and maintained on Various different feeds are provided to generate the various formats we provide.


The following Categories are used:

Name Use Description?
Home provide filter for the Home page Y
Walks Articles used by the Walking programme  
Blog Articles for the general blog page about past walks and events Y (disclaimer)
Paths Articles decribing the path maintenance work we do Y (with a photo)
Forthcoming events Information about planned future events  
Internal Classify articles in general information  
Walks Update    
Committee   Y
New article submission Default used when articles are sumitted from the front end  






Category blog (Home)

(this contains only a single article)

Static text

   Walks Programme

Our Walks Programme” (contains embedded code to format a Json feed)


   Table of walks


   Map of walks


   Walks finder



   Printable list



Category blog (Blog)

Static text
10 Articles, 2 columns
Date Created, most recent first

Footpath work

Category blog (Paths)

Static text (with picture)
10 Articles, 3 columns
Date Created, most recent first

Forthcoming events

Category blog (Forthcoming Events)

No static text
2 columns
Published, Oldest first

Useful Contacts


   Request information

   Link to Membership Secretary

   Subscribe to RSS


   Subscribe to mailing list




      Week-ends away


      Coach Rambles


   Nearby groups

   Contact Secretary   Single contact
  Contact Membership   menu alias
  Contact Webmaster    





   Request a sign-on


   How to create an Article


   Submit new Article


   Make a suggestion


   Committee Members


   Backend module

External URL (Admin module)




   Document Library

Article with embedded module (Easy Folder Listing)

 Article Document Library containing the extension Easy Folder Listing. Shows files present in www02/images/ /group/PDF



   National Ramblers Association


   Local group


   Local Committee

Category blog (Committee)

Static text

8 Articles, 2 columns

Date Created, most recent first

   Our website

   This document

Menu entries show in yellow  only appear when a member is logged in.

Note 1: Forthcoming events - should always have an "End publishing" date, set to the day after they took place (e.g. if they are to take place on the 1st of the month, stop publishing on the 2nd).  As they are sequenced by published date, oldest first, the "Start publishing" date should be set to 6 months before the "End publishing" date.  This way, they will always appear in the correct order, regardless of when they were created.


Walks Menu is a Custom module, containing several hard-coded links to Internal Articles. N.B. if a module is edited, you must re-save the menu-item on which it appears (i.e. Home) before the change is triggered!

Our Next walks – Custom module that formats a JsonFeed. Addition formatting is provided by ramod_outline0186

Stop Press - Custom module that shows Articles in Category “Walks Update”. Addition formatting is provided by ramod_outline0186


Google API key AIzaSyDMkkf0Jqd2qHUDN_80E2iCRac_W_M7gvU

Location for Walks within .... is School St Car Park: Easting 385149, Northing 346150

Stoke Newcastle Ramblers Logo Green


Sunday, April 22, 2018