The NSNC board decided that it was time for a newer website, something more in keeping with the times, something trendy and dynamic, to attract the attention of young potential members and to meet the changing needs of current members.
We wanted to do things that were not possible with the old site — have an RSS feed to let people know when the site is updated, integrate video clips from YouTube, have dynamic slide shows, create a member list available to everyone — to mention just a few.
Once we decided to commit to the change, it happened rapidly. Vice President, Ben Pollock, explored the possibilities at one of the best third-party platforms for journalists, WordPress.org. Templates were juggled, files were moved, adjustments made, and in a matter of weeks both Ben and the WebEditor became near experts at blog management. The site previously had a lot of files few could access, even with the search button. We cleaned a lot of that up, and along with the new navigation, material will be easier to find.
The theme selected by the board is called Swift, named for its fast loading time, and created by genius hacker Satish Gandham. Based on a basic blog format, it contains cutting edge features. It is not to be confused with simple blogs but is a complete information handling system. The site was transferred to our server and tested by Neal Colson, President of Paze Interactive.
The website is one of the society’s main tools of communication with the membership as well as with the world. We hope you will stay and explore for a while and please contribute your news, information and suggestions. We are trying hard to respond to your suggestions.