An Introduction From a New Volunteer


Greetings. I’m Andrew, I have volunteered to work for the society with regard to its web and social media presence. I will also be working with Colin on the newsletter, as an apprentice of sorts…

My experience is largely administrative but I have strong and broad IT user skills. I have a number of IT user qualifications and have been using IT for well over 30 years. I don’t regard myself as a “Techie”; more a very experienced user, and it was this experience that led to my first volunteering, some years ago, in an IT community centre in Edinburgh (I’ve got around the UK a bit), as an IT Tutor.

I’ve volunteered, usually doing the same role, several times since. The most recent occasion was in Oldham, where I created a web site from scratch for a community centre. This was an experience that will be highly relevant to my role with WCBS, as both that web site and the WCBS site utilise WordPress.

That leads me on to what I will be looking to do. The web site is in need of an update. In the last two years alone, Internet usage has changed dramatically in that more people now browse the Internet using a device or mobile. I will therefore be making changes to the web site to optimise it for such use.

There will be one dramatic change made at first, as I will shortly be changing the “Theme” that the web site uses, so the look and feel of the web site will be significantly different when that happens.

There will then be numerous less dramatic changes to the content side, primarily to aid search engine optimisation (SEO), but also site navigation.

Although these may be introduced fairly quickly, they will be in steps and are likely to take some weeks. Whilst no loss of web site service should occur, please bear with me as this takes place and please use the site contact form if you want to contact me about such.


Andrew J Moran