"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Domain Registration, Website Design and Maintenance for Club

The project:
Register a local club's domain name; build and upload the website.

Just an hour tonight, though it shouldn't have taken that long. The domain host updated their look, so I spent half the time clicking about trying to find my way back into the web manager's tool area.

Creating the website, however, took HOURS. I did it last year, but the site had fallen out of commission. Tonight, I snapped the deserted domain name back and uploaded the files again. (Two files are missing; rebuild necessary - a project for next week?)

Why bother?
We've had a lot of fun with this activity, silly as it may seem. When locals got together to form a club, I volunteered my newfound (and very rudimentary) website development skills.

Due to moves and life situation changes, births and deaths, the club had become much less active, but new blood is coming in and they're raring to go. I volunteered to shell out for the domain registration and hosting costs this year, and maintain it indefinitely.

Worth it?
Sure, but perhaps too early to tell. Will it help the club members communicate with each other? Will it help other locals interested in the game find each other? If it becomes useful, THEN I think I'll feel more like it was worth the effort.

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