4/12/10 - Radio Amateurs of Skagit County site gets a makeover

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kg7hq Mon, 04/12/2010 - 09:57

I’m taking an opportunity to toot the horn for Radio Amateurs of Skagit County newly designed website. (http://www.rasconline.org/) Maybe I’m just tooting my own horn at the same time as I’m the current admin for the site. The recent makeover has taken the site from a 1990’s “what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) design to a blog style allowing for leadership and members to interact with each other during the course of the month between official meetings. You can take a look at the prior site style by visiting http://web.archive.org/web/20080704235701/http://www.rasconline.org/
The current design is based on Drupal allowing for a modularized approach to its build and maintenance. This allows for easy and quick updates to keep the site securities current with the added bonus of flexibility on layout and function. Since this site is also based on Drupal, I didn’t have much of a learning curve to getting it up and function. A little graphical editing using Gimp, I was able to provide for a fresh and crisp look.
The multi-tiered approach to access securities allows for expanding the user experience while limiting the potential for site contamination from website trollers who only have ill intent. As the users get used to the open nature of a community website, I am hoping that this will generated additional interests in current technologies.
Along with the blog style approach, members now can post photos of hobby related events and functions. This helps in establishing a personality to the site thus showing those interesting in Amateur Radio a peek into the hobby.
Since this redesign is only a couple of weeks old, there will be additional pages and items added as the leadership and members take a more active role. Take a moment and stop on by.