Membership system now available

I’ve spent the last month or two developing a membership system to allows clubs and societies to securely store member details. This post explains why I decided to write another membership system, rather than using one of those that already exists. Why write a membership system? I am currently the Chairman of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation, a charity which rescues people from mountainous regions and inhospitable terrain in North Wales. The Team needs to keep records relating to its members. We also have a support group called 333. Members of 333 pay an annual fee which helps fund our charitable work. They get a newsletter and we put on some events in return for their support. Historically the Team has stored information in Excel spreadsheets. Whilst this has worked effectively it has a number of issues. Specifically it is difficult to share information appropriately, and it needs someone to keep …

Snowdonia IT Services new website live

After a few weeks adding content and working on design, Snowdonia IT Services new website is live! This post explains how I got to this stage, and why I decided to use WordPress for my business website. My First Website I started developing websites in 1997 whilst working at GKN Westland Helicopters during my summer placement from Bangor University. During the evenings there was not a great deal to do, so I decided to write a website to help people find enjoyable walks in Snowdonia. My first website, Walking in Snowdonia, was launched that summer. I rewrote the site a few years ago because it was becoming quite dated. The update added features such as Google Maps and GPS downloads, as well as a hill recognition quiz. I also made the site mobile friendly. This is essential with the number of people browsing the web on their mobile phones. The …