Webmaster's page

The website started to go live 20 July 2019, and I will be ironing out the creases over the next few days.

The domain saame.com.au was registered, as the main domain name for SAAME on the internet, along with saame.org.au (preventing anyone else causing us problems by registering it).  Both of them (with or without a www prefix) point to this website.  But saame.com.au is the domain being actively used.

NB:  If you're going to type the SAAME website address into an email or social media website, writing it as www.saame.com.au is more likely to turn it into a clickable link.  If that's not recognised, then include the access protocol prefix as well:  http://www.saame.com.au

Also, the domain mediamatters.org.au was registered, for the 2019 conference.  At the moment, it's acting as a shortcut to the media matters pages on this website.  It was the easiest way to deal with a technical shortcoming on my website hosting provider.

We need to promote the sites by having links to them on normal websites, the more links to it, the better.  But don't submit them to search engine website promotion sites or search engine optimisers (most of them, if not all of them, are some kind of scam, and will actually harm our page rankings).  If you're writing the links into webpages with an HTML editor, then include the full address and name the site in the link.

e.g. <a href="http://www.saame.com.au">South Australian Association for Media Education</a>

e.g. <a href="http://www.saame.com.au">SAAME</a>

Website purpose

What is wanted, or needed from a website?

Does it need to be simple enough to work on a smart phone?  (Technology-wise, as well as being easy for people to manage on a tiny touch screen.)  Does it need to be a wiki that members can directly update?  Did members use that feature of the old wiki, or was just one person maintaining it?  Should it be something that someone else manages for you, and members have no direct authoring access?  (That would be expensive to be professionally done.)

Do you want to set up a library of reference material?  Does it need a calendar/meeting-schedule?  Does it need to play media files?

Do you need to be able sell things through it?  (Resources, membership, tickets to events.)  Though you can easily just link to an external site for convention ticket bookings, etc., and save yourself the problems of being responsible for any hacking scams.  People's own on-line banking sites can let them transfer money to you with an explanatory note via email, and services like Paypal can do the same kind of thing.

Does it just need to be a central point you can easily refer to, with links going to the MEET group on facebook (which gives you group collaboration with member control), and to other sites as needs arise.  SAAME could have its own YouTube channel, for instance (apart from uploading your own clips, you can curate a playlist of other existing clips on YouTube).

That's just my short list off the top of my head.  I'd thought of other things before, though can't recall them all now.  But have created this website as a practical demo, and test.

Design considerations

I've taken a minimalist approach as a way of making things simple, neat and tidy.  And easy to view across a variety of devices, with small or large screens.

I'm trying to stop mobile phone web browsers from turning some/all of the text into tiny unreable text (due to a stupid design flaw in those browsers when reading a page in portrait orientation), while not making everything huge for other browsers.  You shouldn't have to zoom in and out to read the page, nor have to spin your device around.  I only have an Android phone to test with the Chrome and Firefox browsers, I can't see what an iPhone or Windows phone will do.  Please let me know if your browser does something problematic with these pages.

NB:  It's impossible to make a webpage appear identical in all browsers.  Nor is it possible to dictate precision layout.  The web doesn't work that way.

I'm in two minds as to whether to make email links clickable.  While it makes it easier for someone to send a message, it usually subjects that address to masses of spam.  The alteratives are to make it so that the person has to handtype your address after reading on the screen, or cut-and-paste it, which is inconvenient but stops masses of spam.  Or to use a webform to send a message, which is slightly less inconvenient (the writer has to hand type in their own address, if they need a reply, and it can still be a source of spam).  The webform has a small amount of intelligence testing to be able to send a message, without using a seriously annoying CAPTCHA system.  But webforms are another thing that can be difficult to use on a mobile phone browser.

Submitting material

Once things are up and running properly, and in the meantime, consider the following regarding files to be added to a website:

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