Partly funded by a grant from Chorley Council, the aim of the new site is to engage with the local community and to increase the use of the hall.
The hall has had a website since 2002, and since the last design refresh in 2006, internet technologies have developed which allow websites to be much more “interactive”. The new site uses a highly customised version of the popular publishing tool WordPress, which does lots of clever things in the background to allow the new features to work.
There’s also been an explosion in ‘social media’ services since 2006. These new services have the benefit of being free and very popular, and we will be using them to share our news and events, promote the hall and interact with hall users and the wider community. With this in mind, the new site allows commenting on news items, and integration with our new Facebook page.
You can also now keep in touch with news and updates from the hall via Twitter, view photographs on our Flickr page and watch videos of the hall on YouTube (we’re waiting for some good weather to do some HD filming of the hall… we’ll keep you posted on when we’ve managed to get this particular video done!).
Other new features include a new events calendar, pages for each of the regular users, and a blog by our Chairman, Steve Williams.
We’d love to know what you think! Leave us a comment in the box below.