You may be surprised to find Chandler’s Ford Today website has a new design today.
The colour is now much toned down.
The improvement today has made Chandler’s Ford Today a mobile friendly website. If you read this site using mobile phones or a tablet, you may find the site is now easier to navigate and read.
This morning, Neil Duddridge, whose SO53 web design firm hosts Chandler’s Ford Today, popped in to see me. After an hour’s discussion, we decided to go for this user friendly template, and temporarily let go of the old theme.
Neil (yes, your jumper tells us where you work and live: SO53!) looks rather radiant in front of my Christmas tree.
This new theme is an experiment. If we find this theme is not working well, we could switch back to the old one, or find a new theme.
Our considerations are: cost, and mobile friendliness.
This new theme on WordPress is free of charge. It is mobile friendly, and will certainly improve your reading enjoyment.
We will find out later how to change certain features on this site, such as a new header, and colours. A few old features might have been lost too, but I think in general, this site still functions perfectly.
I would use this opportunity to give you a brief summary of the running of Chandler’s Ford Today.
How much does it cost to run Chandler’s Ford Today?
Last year I asked for your donation for the first time since the site was set up in 2013: The Best Birthday Gift You can Give – Donate to Support Chandler’s Ford Today.
Thank you for your generous support. From now on, I do not need any donation to run this site.
Last year I told you I had spent over £1,000 for this website in over three years (the cost included some mistakes I had made in learning to run this growing website).
In a year, I received a total of £450 in cash / cheques / direct debit donation (see donation details here), including the most recent donation from Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.
Church treasurer Chris Goodhead from Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church sent me this letter, with a cheque of £100, in late August this year:
“I am pleased to enclose a cheque for £100 from Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church as a donation in support of the excellent work of Chandler’s Ford Today…”
I told you in 2015, Chandler’s Ford Today website cost £220 to run.
I anticipated the cost in 2016 to be £400. However, the cost this year turned out to be just over £100.
For 2017, the cost will only be £68. I hope this stays the same in the next few years.
Neil has dropped the monthly hosting fees (and backup) from May this year to only £5 (previously £15 monthly). Site domain name costs £8 per year. Therefore the cost in 2017 will be £68. The hosting fees are being paid for by a contributor, who pays £5 in monthly direct debit.
I decided not to go for a new theme (US$79 per year) I seriously considered last year, as I decided that free resources should be sufficient for me to run this website. I also consider that in the long term, a low cost website will be more sustainable.
On this website, we use many online resources for free. For example, for photos, we frequently use high quality photographs from Pixabay, and a few other photo sharing sites. For image editing, we do it for free on PicMonkey. To save cost, I didn’t go for an upgrade on PicMonkey either as the existing resources are sufficient.
To conclude, Chandler’s Ford Today will stay as a non-commercial community website, for you to enjoy a clean, ad-free website. We continue to share local stories and events, written my many local writers and contributors.
For those keen readers who love numbers, here are some numbers for you to digest (click images to enlarge).
More stats reviews will follow at the end of the year.
Once again many thanks for our readers, supporters, and writers and contributors, for your support, for reading and sharing, for commenting on the posts.
I’m glad that through our team work, we are able to produce a strong community website for everybody to enjoy. Let’s keep it that way.
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