Webminister

The Webminister is responsible for the web properties and calendar associated with the barony including this site!

Webminister

  • Badge
    • Webminister Badge
  • Current
    • Lady kolfinna in kyrra Ottarsdottir (she/her)
  • Deputies
    • [ none ]
  • Contact
  • Term End
    • Aug 2022

There are two main reasons we maintain, and want to continue to maintain, a reliable, dynamic website:

  1. The website is a means for us to serve the needs of our local branch, to inform, educate, and communicate with the populace.
  2. While electronic lists, social media platforms, and other mediums are extremely valuable to disseminate information to a large group of people in a timely manner. Not everyone has access to other platforms, nor does everyone wish to have access to other platforms. The website serves as a central platform that everyone can access regardless of whether or not they have accounts.

  • Make regular updates to the Bryn Gwlad website
    • The website is a dynamic, constantly improving project
    • Information often benefits from a read-through, reorganization, or rework
    • Forms sometimes need to be updated or fixed
    • New pages need to be created, pages sometimes can be combined, or menus reogranized
    • A good practice is to set aside a small amount of time every week to review a few pages of the website. Doing this will ensure that you review all pages every month or two
  • Maintain the Bryn Gwlad Calendar and Meetup
    • Updating activities, adding activities, removing activities
    • Encourage members to use the forms on the website to submit information so you can have a single place to look for update requests
  • Provide timely responses to inquiries and communications
    • Aim for acknowledgement within 24-48 hrs and action/plan of action soon after
  • Monitor pages for policy compliance
    • This includes pages/posts authored by the Webminister as well as pages/posts authored by others
  • Monitor the cross-platform integrations associated with the webmin email
    • Website -> Email List
    • Website -> Facebook Group
    • Website -> Discord
    • Calendar -> Meetup
    • Calendar -> Facebook Page
  • Other duties and special projects that may be assigned or requested by the populace or other officers
  • Our website should make it easy for people to…
    • Find information about local activities
    • Find information about local guilds or groups
    • Know who to contact if they have questions
    • Find ways to get involved
  • Pages should be used for…
    • Information that will not change
    • Collecting information related to a specific topic (FAQ, officers, events, etc)
  • Posts are best used for….
    • Short term information (activity updates, sharing educational resources, announcements, etc)
    • Editorial content

  • Use simple, easy-to-understand language
  • Maintain easy to read, uncluttered pages
    • Too much information on page or section obscures the page’s true message
  • Using abbreviations or SCA terminology?
    • Define it
    • Link to the Jargon Page
    • Link to another page that explains the term
    • Keep in mind that the web site may be the first point of contact for people otherwise unfamiliar with the SCA and its specialized vocabulary.
  • Keep all your pages as uniform as possible
    • Nothing confuses a visitor faster than obscure navigation and drastic visual changes from one page to the next
    • Do not use flashing text, overly large fonts, overly small fonts, or things inappropriate for a professional web site
    • Maintain a high contrast between text and background
    • WordPress has built-in accessibility features, so that makes things simpler
  • Obfuscate all e-mail addresses by placing spaces between names and “at” “(@)” signs, spelling out “at”, or any other method which prevents automatic e-mail address farming
  • Spell-check and grammar-check all content
  • Check your links regularly and ensure they are not broken

When in doubt, reach out to the Kingdom Webminister or other webmins for advice.

  • Are you an officer, deputy, committee member, or guild leader?
    • Consider adding content to your officer page — educational info, links to resources, information about getting started
    • Make posts about upcoming activities or useful resources
    • If you don’t want to do it personally, nominate a deputy or representative who can work on it for you, OR Contact the Webminister
  • You want to work with the Webminister and learn the ropes?
  • Are you a member of the populace who has resources, articles, or other SCA or educational info you’d like to see added?
  • Domain
  • Group pages/Group sites
    • Web sites or pages for a specific group in a Kingdom, Orders and recognized Guilds
  • Host or Hosting
    • The company that is maintaining the servers on which web pages are stored
    • The Bryn Gwlad Website is hosted by WordPress
  • Main page
    • The index page or the first page that people see when visiting a web site. This does not include splash pages
  • Official site/page
    • A web site recognized as the web site for that branch, group or office (recognized by the Kingdom or local branch)
  • Splash page
    • A greetings page. Sometimes these include animations or a choice of options to select what kind of detail a user would like to see on the web site
  • Web page
    • One page of web code
  • Web site
    • A collection of web pages gathered together to represent an idea or theme