The Happy Valley web site celebrates 24 years of service in summer 2020 – it was one of the first million or so web sites available in 1996; today there are literally billions of sites. I, Tim Boddington, started out with a couple of dozen pages, now there are over 500 plus c.2,000 family history pages, plus every edition of Bollington Live!, with hundreds of users accessing the site every day. The technology has moved on tremendously over the years, both in the method of displaying pages and the programming languages and techniques for writing them. All the pages are now dynamic, created on demand from a database, and capable of being maintained online, at the desk, or on the road via smart phone or tablet, so enabling instant update.
Thank you very much for using the Happy Valley web site, please keep coming back! I hope it provides you with the information you seek. If you would like additional information to be made available here please let me know, or send it to the webmaster for inclusion!
Your webmaster is noticing the passage of the years! (I admit to being somewhat over 70.) I recognise that there is a need to hand over to someone younger and brighter. I am very ably supported by Linda Stewart, but it would be useful to have an additional person – especially someone with WordPress experience!
Neville Bester made an excellent job of transferring the Happy Valley website to modern web development technology using the very popular WordPress (WP) content management system (CMS). Started in April 2017, this work took six months after which the new site replaced the previous site, but retaining the same address. Once that was completed, further development was carried out to add new pages and reorganising some of the existing pages. The history pages have received a lot of attention with new research being documented by Linda Stewart. WordPress provides the ability, for the first time on the Happy Valley site, to have multiple editors, each limited by the security system to managing their own pages, and there will be opportunities for some groups and individual contributors to have, and maintain, their own pages.
Many thanks for using the Happy Valley web site!
Tim Boddington, Webmaster, February 2020.
WordPress has arrived …
What you are now looking at is the brand new Happy Valley website, written using WordPress!
Tim and I have transformed the old Happy Valley website into what you see now. The content has been copied across and updated, and the look and feel is much improved.
WordPress also automatically provides the ability to view the Happy Valley website on a smart phone or tablet computer, which makes it handy for use when out and about.
Welcome to the future!
Neville Bester, November 2017.