Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Managing a website

I wrote here a while ago about setting up a new website for my women's network Growing Old Disgracefully. When I set out on that journey, I thought that once the website was live I would be able to withdraw and leave it to the team of colleagues who had expressed an interest in looking after it. That was before we opted for a content management system (CMS).

One of the two design companies we asked for an estimate was offering us a contract which included maintaing and updating the website; the others offered us a website which we could run ourselves, with a manual of instructions for making the sort of day to day changes and updates that we should require. This last was going to be a cheaper option for us on an ongoing basis, so we decided to go for it, not without misgivings. Only about half our members are currently on line, and I have the impression that many of those do not use their computers for much beyond emailing. It is time, we thought, to nudge them forward a little into the age of cyberspace.

What I didn't realise was that managing a website goes on all the time - that is if you are going to keep it lively and up-to-date. And that although the manual we were given was very good, and despite my blogging experience, there is still a lot to do and to be learned about editing text, adding pictures, updating the events calendar and responding to enquiries about membership.

Added to which I have invested so much of myself in this project, and it has been so interesting and satisfying to work on, that I now find myself deeply embedded in the fabric (or the wire frame, or whatever), and unable to tear myself away. But a deal will have to be struck somehow, between growing old disgracefully and Not Dead Yet! I am determined to get back to regular blogging here.


G in Berlin said...

It sounds exciting- I have missed hearing what you are doing, in a purely vicarious way.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Keep us posted. So to speak.

Avus said...

Nothing like such involvement in new projects to keep the old brain cells exercised, Judtih.

Hesadevil said...

I too aiten't dead yet and living in Hertfordshire.

I found you through the 'elder blogger' link.

Is there a local Growing Old Disgracefully group? I belong to a local Red Hat 'chapter', but am keen to meet more potential friends.

Pat (in Hitchin)