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WI good cheer

Stanhoe WI members get into the festive spirit.

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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 8th November 2018

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November film

The Mercy (12A) is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 12 November.

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Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 8th November 2018

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A good WI year

Stanhoe WI members look back on recent successes.

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October film

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is showing in Stanhoe on 17 October.

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Wise women

Stanhoe WI members learn about witchcraft.

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Tide times

Hunstanton 18 Dec
01:43 high (5.78m)
08:28 low (2.16m)
14:39 high (5.82m)
20:57 low (2.47m)

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About stanhoe.org

stanhoe.org is a project of the local history group Stanhoe Archive.

Webmaster (tel 01603 873386) maintains the structure of the site.

The site is powered by CMS Made Simple and Piwigo, and hosted by Tsohost. It has been running since July 2008.

Through the stanhoe.org domain we are also able to offer free email addresses to Stanhoe residents. See the email page for details.

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See this page for our policy on handling personal information.

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Standards and accessibility

stanhoe.org is designed to work with all modern browsers. As it stands, the site should be fairly accessible to visually-impaired visitors, though we’d ideally like to implement a formal accessibility policy in the future.

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To use all the functions of this site requires Javascript to be enabled in your web browser.

Javascript is used for slideshows and certain other images, for Google Maps, to protect email addresses, for “expand/collapse” text areas, and for backend editing. All other functions should work with Javascript turned off.

We use HTML5 to embed video and sound recordings.

Almost all pages should be valid HTML5 with CSS 2.1, plus a bit of proprietary CSS for curved boxes and drop shadows. As of September 2018 the photo gallery is not yet properly HTML5-compliant.

General site information

September 2018

  • Site availability is normally above 99.8%, measured on a monthly basis via checks every 30 minutes. Unfortunately, availability occasionally drops below 98%. We are on a cheap hosting package and there’s not much I can do about this. Almost all of our outages last less than 30 minutes, and mail is generally not affected.
  • Apart from the photo gallery, the site design is not friendly to smartphones and small tablets. A responsive layout for the whole site is not likely, but before too long we hope to provide a better experience on small screens.
  • We have had an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt since November 2017 and all http requests are served as https.

Our experience with digital image galleries

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Originally we hosted our images on the now-defunct council-funded NORCAN website. This purpose-designed system had one or two nice features, including powerful searching and the ability to set “hotspots” within images. However, it was opaque to the outside world (including Google) and did not support bulk uploads or downloads. It couldn’t import existing metadata, and didn’t store full-size images for archival purposes. It was a great example of how to waste public money failing to reinvent the wheel.

So we also experimented with Google Picasa Web Albums. Thanks to the Picasa desktop software, this has good support for metadata, bulk transfers, backups and image editing. Searchability is rather poor, and the limit on the number of photos per album was a pain. The multi-user aspect is limited too: other users can upload and edit their own photos, but any particular image can only be edited by its owner.

In July 2011 we moved to a Menalto Gallery3 database on the stanhoe.org server. Gallery3 had the advantages of being simple to set up. It just about met our needs, was easy to administer, and ran happily for just over three years.

Around August 2014 the developers of Gallery3 announced that the software would no longer be maintained. We therefore migrated to Piwigo in October 2014. Piwigo is a popular replacement for Gallery3 and the move was easy. The new gallery works much better on mobile devices and gives the adminstrators more power, though the learning curve is steeper.

The ideal would be a “museum-class” CMS such as Greenstone, dspace, EPrints or Fedora Commons. This would provide better searchability and support for more types of metadata, and allow us to catalogue scanned documents as PDFs with embedded text. But they are more complex to set up, and we don’t have the expertise. The would welcome any offers of help.