Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

Where walking is a pleasure

Our web-site

Introduction

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.

Framework

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 http://www.ramblers-webs.org.uk/. 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 www.ramblers.org.uk. Various different feeds are provided to generate the various formats we provide.

Categories

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  

Structure

 

Type

Notes

Walks:

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

   

Blog

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

   

      General

   

      Week-ends away

   

      Coach Rambles

   

   Nearby groups

   
   Contact Secretary   Single contact
  Contact Membership   menu alias
  Contact Webmaster    

Members

   

   Login

   

   Request a sign-on

   

   How to create an Article

   

   Submit new Article

   

   Make a suggestion

   

   Committee Members

   

   Backend module

External URL (Admin module)

 

   Logout

   

   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

About

   

   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.

Modules

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

Misc

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