The OurLocality Network offers a free publishing network for anyone in or around East Lothian.
Whether you have a one off project, need to setup an emergency website or have a slow burning idea that needs space to evolve, our free and easy platform, based on WordPress is available at no cost but your time.
An AA box inconveniently located in a field
We’ve noticed that some projects that come our way stumble to get their web projects started – web publishing is slightly more complicated or just a bit more time consuming than at first appears. Also once started some projects get a bit lost, run into trouble, or run out of gas or something else a bit more technical.
So we’ve decided to offer a new support regime, which a bit like AA roadside support should help you get you started again.
Pay us an annual fee of just £24 and you’ll have direct access to the friendly support you need to help get you back on the road.
For the same amount we can also undertake a quick respray or a wash and polish – interactively or just leave it with us.
The database and files were moved to the new server the day before yesterday, when we closed down the administration area. Sorting out the DNS took a little bit longer to get started, but with a little bit of help from our good friends and hosts at bytemark.co.uk, we got that under way about midday yesterday, which set the clock ticking. Domains with nameservers with our hosts were up within the hour. Domains that were Cnamed took a while longer, but this morning all the domains are looking good.
However, please check that there is nothing awry. We expect some wrinkles, but not too many. If you do not see your website at all, that could be a human error. Let us know and we’ll get on the case.
We’ve already spotted another small issue. Emails sent via the website (the subscriptions plugin and recaptcha contact form) will have the your “From Name” in the email at the recipients end overwritten by “ourlocality.org”. We’ll try and fix that as soon as we can figure out what is going on.
Still getting the admin closed message? Did you forget to follow the instructions we gave you? Seems some of you did!
Correct the A records @ and www to point to 220.127.116.11 and all should well again. Also adding
@ CNAME ourlocality.org
will also do the trick, but you must NOT be using your registrar’s email services to use this method or you’ll delegate management to us, and we’d rather not.
Anyone wishing to reclaim their domain nameservers may do so now, but should use the A record indicated above to ensure their website doesn’t go offline.
We are planning an important update and moving ourlocality to a new webserver.
This move should give us more flexibility into the future and save us a bit of cash at the same time, we hope.
We need your help to smooth the process, so we’re contacting owners one by one to check their domains continue to work. If you don’t have a domain mapped to ourlocality, you don’t need to read any further.
News subscribers may have missed out on recent news if they were using our Feedburner Subscription service.
Feedburner has been playing up recently and would or simply could not read the standard url format on our news aggregator site. Inexplicably the other feed services seemed to work just fine and the url readable using other feed readers.
Anyway, I have repaired the feed using a workaround and made some small optimisations to it while I was at it, making it more friendly and useful in different formats. I am hopeful that normal news service will be resumed shortly.
In the 2004 book, ‘The paradox of choice – More is less’, Barry Schwartz argued that eliminating consumer choices can greatly reduce anxiety for shoppers. I would generally concur, that less is more so long as there is a decent choice, well more or less.
Less is more is an important precept in minimalism and design and serves lots of other practical purposes too. So how does it pertain to the world of publishing and ourlocality specifically?
The line between copyright infringement and innocent online scrapbooking or hotlinking is hazy for most of us mortals without a legal background. At ourlocality we take care to avoid flagrant abuses and will counsel those of you that have received a snippy email from an aggrieved photographer. They will know that it ain’t worth it, i.e. borrowing other’s work without permission is not a good idea.
Always check whether you are free to use the image, or ask the maker/author. A way around this is to be original (if you have not time to take your images and your design skills are weak). A suitably cropped screenshot of a web page to include additional text as well as the image etc, rather than using the image alone, could be a way to overcome obvious objections. But the question is how do you do it?
We find that most of our publishers struggle to keep their website properties up to date. It is not that hard to string a few words together keep online presence fresh, but we understand that life is increasingly too short and there’s never enough time. We already need extra time to update our facebook status, check so and so’s relationship status, catch up with the latest episode of whatever on iPlayer and so many other things that your free website is the last thing on your mind. We understand. And lack of freshness is just fine and dandy, so long as your mission critical project timeline doesn’t rely on it and hey, your immense following on twitter isn’t really paying attention as they forgot what they were thinking 30 seconds ago. Phew!
Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media.
Spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings. Because the barrier to entry is so low, spammers are numerous, and the volume of unsolicited mail has become very high. In the year 2011, the estimated figure for spam messages is around seven trillion. The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the deluge.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kill SPAM or SPAM will kill us. Our servers quietly deal with a lot of the attacks targeted at weaknesses in the server, email, websites and individual blogs. But the sheer volume of attacks seems to be on the rise, so batting the stuff away keeps the system pretty active and affects performance. Also, there are increasingly many opportunities that can be exploited. Continue reading
“It is good to have hair-splitters and lumpers.”
Unless you are a compulsive organiser filing is a chore. Making sense of piles or files isn’t straightforward as the rationale and difference between a pile and a file is often subtle. Someone’s piles are as good as files, so long as they don’t have to share their home or work. I have heard that some simply create a new file for each bit of paper that arrives, but this form of splitting must be so rare as to be apocryphal and probably has its very own medical syndrome. Continue reading