We’ve had a surge in SPAM and have suspended the public end of the support forum. You can of course login with your Ourlocality credentials to ask questions or to reply. I’ve reproduced the article I wrote on the Forum website below, as this gives you a number of hints and tips for managing those unwanted communications …
Most of you are familiar with SPAM – unwanted communications that find their way into your inbox. If you use web based email services like gmail, maybe the SPAM has disappeared completely, or almost. Well
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.
This post is not about the witty panel game that requires people to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without repetition, hesitation or deviation”. It’s even more boring than that.
This post is about the often tedious record that follows an equally tedious meeting, known as the minute or minutes of the meeting. And because all good rants should start with a joke, here is a drole quote from that old BBC series “Yes Minister” delivered by none other than Sir Humphrey himself, no doubt an indisputable master of minutes: Continue reading →
We have just upgraded to WordPress 3.4. “Green” in honour of guitarist Grant Green, known for his soulful simplicity. Check for problems and report back.
Simplicity is a refreshing constant in the WordPress philosophy so we try not to clutter the OurLocality toolbox with too much stuff. However, with Green there a handful of new features that you might like to try out, but which we feel need some extras, so do read on.
First, see what the good folk at WP have to say as they claim that it could improve your looks, always worth a try and it is free.
Let’s face it the web can be a dangerous place. There are online scams. There are viruses. There’s phishing. There’s cookies, remember them? Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. While cookies are not likely to be exclusively implicated in any of the nasties above, because they can be used to personalise and improve the user experience they may also be used to gather information about you, by third parties, which maybe you didn’t realise.
And because most of us haven’t a clue how the web works, let alone change the settings in our browser, we all need to be much more aware. If you don’t know how to reinstate your home page, reset your default search provider or get rid of all those pesky toolbars that have insinuated themselves, then you need help.
You need Government to make a law to stop this from happening without you knowing.
OurLocality is changing all the time. In more ways than one.
Partly this is due to the assemblage of tools that we use to keep everything going. Sometimes things don’t work as well as they should. Sometimes they don’t get used, so we pull the plug. All this behind the scenes stuff goes mostly unseen, which is great. Who cares how it works? It must simply do the work when you need it to. We just get on with it.
But here is an early warning that should interest you, as we’ll be retiring the Plus! Annual Package imminently. No more annual fees? No more annual fees.
If you need a feature or a template adding, from now on we’ll add and enable it for a one off fee of £24, no further fees until you want another feature. If you are a community group with a funding line, it is £12. No money? Ask nicely and we’ll look at it. A donation – however small – always helps.
I’m not sure that everyone knows that their posts when published to their ourlocality site are also reproduced over at : http://news.ourlocality.org
This news site contains a complete and searchable archive of all the historic articles ever published by you. We occasionally prune duplicate postings (we know who you are, so if you are reading this – please don’t publish the same content on different sites!). More rarely we redact / edit them (to correct typos, missing headlines, shove a read-more link in, that sort of thing etc).
Click on a news item title or the read more link and you will be propelled instantly to the publishers website, for more scintillating stuff. Continue reading →
We are always trying to improve, just like my report card used to say – ourlocality is very ‘capable but could so much better.’
Anyway, from today you can embed Polldaddy.com surveys (and polls) easily into any ourlocality hosted website.
You’ll need an account over at polldaddy.com but signup is free, after which you’ll be sailing as surveys and polls are really easy to create.
The free account gives you 10 questions and 200 responses per month, which for most community polls will be more than adequate. If you need a professional survey and 1000s of responses you can get yourself a pro account, though we’d recommend you get some advice on survey implementation before you go that far. ;)
Oh yeah, you can get 5 star rating (or nero thumbs up/down) to add to posts, pages and/or comments too.