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  • #8191
    Gary Albach
    Forum Participant

    Hi all – as I mentioned in the thread about the importance of maintaining a functional Forum, this is a good opportunity for me to introduce myself as the unofficial ‘project manager’ of our website refreshment project, give a brief report on the project, and promote a discussion on what you feel is important, or not, about our site, including the Forums.

    I’m a retired physicist living in Victoria, and a member of the CVRS since 2012, when I returned to our hobby after a 40-year detour into raising a family and making a living. My passion is the detailed restoration of iconic radios that represent turning points in the evolution of commercial broadcasting. I got to know the CVRS board and committee members through various club activities both in Edmonton and Victoria, and agreed to help with a planned review and periodic renewal of our website. A motion was passed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last summer to refurbish our website, a budget was set, and since then I have been working with the board members to finalize our requirements and settle on a website developer. I am happy to report that earlier this month we formally got the project underway and have awarded a contract for upgrades to our site.

    By far, the biggest complaint about our current website is how slow it operates. So this has become our top priority for improvement. In addition, we are aiming to improve the ‘look and feel’ of the site, to ensure that the site is easy to navigate and maintain. Security of the site from outside hacking is a priority, as is the security inside the site of the member information that you choose to share. We are designing the new site to be more fully compatible with today’s search engines, thus allowing our colleges around the world to find us, and to be compatible with all major current browsers and mobile devices.

    The objectives of our revised CVRS website include:
    ● To be effective as the primary source of communications between members.
    ● To be a source for current and potential members to use and regularly return to for timely, relevant and insightful information such as: news, events, forum discussions, the Newsletter, and technical information.
    ● To compellingly present the benefits of CVRS membership and the unique attributes of our organization.
    ● To build awareness, understanding, confidence, interest, support, trust and respect with the members of the CVRS and the public who visit the site.
    ● To present a professional image in alignment with the CVRS brand.
    ● To provide a web site and framework where data are secure both in storage and transmission.

    Our objective is to have the new website functional early in the new year. I will be away on a trip to Southeast Asia starting next week but our website developers will be working while I’m away and I will be in contact with them. So if you don’t hear from me immediately in a post, please don’t think I’ve forgotten or don’t care – I’m just not sure how reliable my web access will be through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. (You may have read in the Newsletter about my travels by train with my wife across Siberia earlier this fall – there was virtually no internet access for days on end!)
    And while we would like to have a new site operating as quickly as possible, our designers feel as we do that it is important to ‘get it right’. Meaning, that if it takes a little longer to incorporate your changes, and make them work reliably, we will do that. We will not change from our current site until we are sure we have something better.
    Looking forward to an interesting project and delivery of a top-notch website that connects us together across the country.

    Cheers,
    Gary
    (and yeah, we gotta get this line break problem fixed. I’ve resorted to the kludge you see above. Thanks Phil, along with all the other things.)

    #8233
    phil
    Forum Participant

    Thank you for the Update Gary , and for stepping up to the plate. I’m looking forward to being in contact and I hope you enjoy your holiday and ave a nice escape from winter. We had a great meeting Yesterday with very good turnout. Lots of radios bought sold and traded and more importantly it really did introduce a few members to the CVRS. I’m also glad that the island folks have been getting together more and a few are back and forth often enough to help us keep it all together.

    i sold a few items and with the money bought a neat loose coupler radio from Ted so I am happy I have a new toy and though I don’t’ know too much about it it appears pretty simple and quite complete. Just guessing at the date I’d say 1917 or thereabouts which is probably the oldest I have and one of the few I could call a true antique, (if we still go by the 100 yr old rule when referring to “antique”).

    Phil

    #8240
    Les Dickson
    CVRS Member

    First, I find the CVRS an extremely valuable resource. One thing that I think would enhance the web site is a different method of viewing photos uploaded by members in the forums.

    Currently when you click on a photo you’re taken to a new page with only the photo available requiring you to use the back page browser feature. It should be possible to have a larger version of the image popup in front of the page with the possibility of navigating to other pictures if they exist, or clicking an X to close down the popup picture(s). I’m thinking of something similar to how photos are handled on eBay. I see that the site uses WordPress so there are plenty of plugins that area available.

    Thanks for the time and effort dedicated to making the site even better.

    #8242
    Don
    CVRS Member

    Hi Les:
    I agree the photo access needs some revamping, although I’m not sure about the features/organization that would be best. When you say that you should have access to the other images directly available, do you mean like the array you get when you go to the Photo Gallery by click on the link in the footer of every page, i.e. https://canadianvintageradio.com/photo-gallery/

    Don

    #8243
    Les Dickson
    CVRS Member

    I guess it’s a bit difficult to explain, but I found an example of what I’m envisioning in the link below. It’s a site that sells mobile homes. For each home model there are several thumbnail sized images which you can view in a larger format by clicking the thumbnail. While the larger image is displayed you can navigate to the next or previous image by placing your mouse on the right or left side of the image which reveals a link in the shape of an arrow taking you to another photo of that home.
    https://medallion-homes.ca/featured_homes.php

    #8244
    Don
    CVRS Member

    Excellent! Thanks, Les. I’m sure they will find the example helpful in revamping this aspect of the website.

    Don

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    #8881
    Gary Albach
    Forum Participant

    Welcome to the new website! To get here, you will have already discovered that we have a new site, and all of us involved in bringing it to you hope you like it.

    Yes, it’s a big change. It not only looks different, but inside the cabinet it’s a whole new chassis.
    Like radios, the technology to design, build and maintain websites has evolved over the years. In delivering your new website, we have tried to incorporate the latest technology within our budget. We have stayed away from ‘trendy’ bells-and-whistles on the new site, the ones that tend to either slow the site down, or to require constant maintenance. But we have pushed our graphics designers to give us a ‘look and feel’ that will remain fresh for years to come, and they have delivered.

    Despite the site having a conservative design, a careful build, and extensive testing, I can practically guarantee that bugs will still crop up for a while as we all navigate the new pages. Please be patient, and let us know your experiences by posting them here. Also, please check in here and give us your feedback on how the site could be improved. What additions or deletions would you like to see? Can some of the current features be streamlined to make them more accessible or easier to use?

    I have very much enjoyed working on this project with the others on the team, who have had much more experience with the CVRS than I have. In particular I would like to thank Don White in Nanaimo, Rick Williams in Edmonton, and Gerry O’Hara in Coquitlam for all the time and effort they have devoted to this new site over the past months. Without them it most certainly could not have been done.

    Our first objective was that the site “be effective as the primary source of communications between members”. So please, weigh in and share your thoughts!

    Cheers,
    Gary

    #8925
    John Bartley
    Forum Participant

    Seeing as how nobody else has responded to this request for feedback …. I will.

    The new site seems to work well enough for someone (me) who is registered only to use the forum and not as a CVRS member. Is it different? I don’t know. The change I see is cosmetic. It presents exactly the same way the old forum did, with a choice of either forums or threads and the threads presented with the most with the most recently updated thread first. It is about the same speed, maybe a bit slower, but that’s not a big deal to me. Otherwise … not a lot of difference.

    I’m guessing that this isn’t the “three cheers” review that maybe was hoped for, but that’s what I see …. the same forum with a different face.

    cheers

    John

    #8926
    Gary Albach
    Forum Participant

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the feedback and being the first to wade in. You are correct in your observation of the Forums – they have the same categories as in the old site (Electronics Restoration, Cabinet Restoration, etc.) and each Forum retains the same basic structure as before, with the most recent Topics presented first. This was generally acknowledged by the members as being a good arrangement, so we left it alone. By not tinkering with it, we were also able to keep the Search capability the same within the old posts.

    Is access to the Forums different? No. As a Forum Participant who is not a CVRS member, you will see that access to many of the forums is still free.

    As for the speed of the Forums, we do expect it to be better with the new site. Now that the site is launched, we are optimizing its performance, so you will see improvements. It’s helpful to hear that the current speed is acceptable for you.

    Beyond the obvious change to the look of the site, the main differences between this new site and our old one lie behind the scenes. This site is designed to be more reliable than our old one and to be easier to maintain. Overall, it should be less prone to the failures we continued to experience with the old site, thus being less frustrating for all of us using it when things didn’t work properly, and now requiring less time from our volunteer members. Also, the site is designed to allow new information to be easily added, a part of the overall CVRS objective of ‘… sharing of the history and technology used to communicate and entertain in Canada’.

    Cheers,
    Gary

    #8927
    Les Dickson
    CVRS Member

    I like the photo navigation in the new site. It does seem to be duplicating each image though.
    I also like the link in the bottom right corner that takes you back to the top of the page.
    The colours are more appealing as well.

    #9010
    Gary Albach
    Forum Participant

    Les, I finally got it about the duplication of images when I looked at Peter’s photos of his Bremer-Tully. Weird. We’ll try and figure why this is happening.

    #9072
    Gary Albach
    Forum Participant

    Les, we got the duplication of images fixed. Anything else?

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