Hi there folks.
This is just a post to tell you about the new website theme. I had to change the theme as the old one is now unsupported. The font was a little small too and was difficult to read on mobile devices. The new theme is called ‘SimplyBlack’ and is high contrast to improve it’s readability.
I’ve used a spectacular photo from our archive as the new header image. It was taken by EddyAycliffe on the Coledale Valley Walk in 2010.
I think it looks great and represents the club quite well, but any comments would be gratefully received.
I’d like to apologise to users of the website for the downtime we have experienced this month. There was a problem with the website hosting and the backups failed to restore properly. As a result of this, the legacy posts from the website are being re-created from archives. This is a bit of a time consuming process, but eventually almost everything will be restored.
If you had signed up to contribute to the website in the past, you’ll need to register again, as there is no way I can recreate these accounts as an administrator with your original username/password details.
I’m restoring the most recent stuff and working backwards. There are also a lot of links to other websites that will need to be re-created, but i’m giving these a lower priority at the moment until the main bulk of the posts have been restored.
The photo gallery has now been removed (because of spam photos) and the old photos incorporated into the thread of posts. See the photos category at the right of the page.
If you notice anything missing, please drop us a line on the Contact Us page.
Dave O’Hara, Admin
In the last few weeks, I’ve been negotiating a deal with LateRooms.com in order to be able to offer their discounted accommodation search through the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club site. This will pay a small commission to offset the hosting costs of the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club website. If you intend staying anywhere in the North, the rest of the UK (or abroad for that matter), please consider using the search box on the right hand side of the site to book your accommodation.
The new website continues to attract new visitors and members, and in January 2012 the website received a new record number of visits. 208 people came to our site during the month, viewing 488 pages. Thanks for the support, especially those people who have supplied pictures, and I hope to add more articles in 2012.
Request – if anyone can write a ‘story of their walk’ when they go on Aycliffe Fell Walking Club trips, we’d like to hear from you. If you are signed up as a member of the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club website (and 18 of you have so far), you can contribute your posts to the site. Once they’ve been checked out, we’ll publish them. We’d really like this to become reality, as the site truly then becomes ‘yours’ as members.
I hope you’re enjoying the new website and the extra facilities it puts at our disposal. One of the reasons for creating it is to popularise the club and improve it’s visibility. We’ve started to submit the site to other online walking sites, and are being pro-active in spreading the word, but you can also help.
If you have a Facebook account, or post on other Social Networking sites, please share the posts about upcoming walks with your friends by simply clicking the Share/Save button at the bottom of any post. This will put an automatically formatted post on your Facebook wall so it can be read by your friends. Hopefully this will help to generate extra interest in the club. Bearing in mind most people have 100+ friends on Facebook, this allows us to potentially reach thousands of people. If only a small proportion of these are interested, it will help a lot, and you could get to walk with your friends. 🙂
Aycliffe Fell Walking Club now have a new domain name available to access our site. It’s a lot easier to remember and gives us more of an identity. Please update your bookmarks for this. Please also take note that there are new email addresses associated with it, located on the Contact page.