About this site

This website is powered by a Web Content Management System called WordPress. It’s hosted on WordPress’ own servers, joining many thousands of blogs and websites including some belonging to NASA, CNN, The FT and many more.

WordPress started out as blogging software, but has evolved into a flexible piece of software able to cope with both static and dynamic websites. The home page of this Membury site, and the page you’re reading right now are all static pages. We do have a dynamic feed as well, you can find this on the ‘News’ link.

How do you use this site? Well, click the various links above and start reading! Apart from ‘News’ they are all, as mentioned above, static (which means that they’re intended to change very infrequently) and you can find out lots of information about the village, it’s various organisations etc. If you click on the ‘News’ link you’ll see a (hopefully) regularly updated series of ‘posts’ which should change quite frequently.

Sometimes we might update one of the static pages eg. when an important change to a scheduled meeting has happened, and then we might put a post in the ‘news’ section about this as well – the theory being that people will check the news section more frequently than all of the individual static pages. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can make use of a news reader – which is a piece of software that scans certain blogs (the ones you tell it to) and picks up new posts as they get posted. My personal favourite news reader is Google Reader – which you don’t even need to download – it can be accessed using your gmail account (if you have one) or if not, you can sign up free. Google Reader and other news readers use RSS feeds – the one for this Membury site is: https://memburyvillage.wordpress.com/feed/ (note that if you just click this link, it’ll be totally meaningless – you need to use it with a news reader).

Who looks after the site? This site you’re reading now was put together by David Dodd and Rob Spencer and is maintained by Daniel Lazar and Barbara Mackinder (along with the nice people at WordPress). Special thanks also to Daniel Pavey (Devon Web Services) who helped out with an earlier incarnation of this site.

I want to get involved! There’s plenty to do if you do want to get involved – if you have a little bit of spare time, even if it’s only a few minutes a month, then you could help with:

  • Updating the information on the site – historical, organisational, pictorial etc or researching the information for us to update.
  • Writing your own blog or journal about a facet of Membury life
  • Approximately a million other ways…what are you good at? What are you interested in? What would you like to see here?

If you’d like to help out, have a chat with David next time you see him, and we’ll take it from there. You can be a published blogger on the Membury site, but if you want to go your own way and work on a solo project then see ‘How do I get my own blog?’ below.

Can I have a link to my blog or business? Probably – as long as you’re significantly local. We’d also like a link in return – to http://www.membury.org.uk and it mustn’t be a ‘rel=nofollow’ link, and should have ‘Membury Village’ anchor text. If you’re not sure what that means, then just a standard link is fine. We won’t link to affiliate sites, and spamming of any sort will not be permitted. If you post a comment on a news article and it doesn’t appear within a day or so, let us know as it may have been incorrectly caught by the spam filter.

How do I get my own blog? you can get a free wordpress blog by going to http://www.wordpress.com or to this helpful introduction to wordpress. If you get to the point where you’re annoyed by the constraints of WordPress.com and want to use all the cool free plugins and premium themes, then I recommend TSOHost to self-host WordPress who have a hosting package available for £15 a year, and it comes with an installer called ‘Fantastico’ which will install your very own version of wordpress for free, with just a few clicks.