Welcome to the Web Forum

What’s the Web Forum all about? Find out here…

FAQsThe Ultimate FAQs document – everything you need to know before you get started.

For training on setting up a Community Web Site click here.

See an example of a simple WordPress.org (hosted) site.

To find out the results of the Best Community Website competition 2013, click here…


FREE WordPress training booking system re-opens

How-to-blogGood news! The free WordPress training courses we ran during 2013 have re-started. These training sessions are free to any community, village or social group who is looking to set up their own  community website or update an old existing one. If you are a beginner to website design or to WordPress and would like to have training on setting up a WordPress community site, book your place by going to the online booking system . You must:

  • be computer literate
  • have an email address and password
  • have an idea of the content and layout that you want your website to hold
  • bring some images on a memory stick

All training is carried out by an experienced trainer at libraries around the county. The first course is on Thursday 6 February, from 10am – midday at Northampton Central Library. FAQs

It is strongly recommended you read the  FAQs document first, before selecting your training session.

Social media slides are now available

social mediaWe have now held two social media sessions run by David Bridson, editor of King’s Sutton website. These have been very useful and along with Twitter training, we will be running further sessions next year. If you would like a copy of David’s slides please contact Elaine.oleary@northantsacre.org.uk. You can download a copy of the  How to do TWITTER manual that Fiona Cowan, from Collyweston has written here.  A bit of light Christmas reading for you.

Notes from recent free Twitter training now available

twitter trainingOur first Twitter training session took place recently at Kings Cliffe Memorial Hall, which was a lively and interesting evening. Many thanks to Fiona Cowan from Collyweston who carried out the training and who has also put together a useful guide: How to do TWITTER to help all newbie Tweeters!

Great news! Further community website funding obtained

fireworks 1I am delighted to say that we have obtained funding to support the Community  Website project and the associated Northants Web Forum for another two years! This is really good news as it means we can continue to push forward with providing free training to any community group who wants to learn how to set up a website using WordPress. It also means we can continue to provide a wide range of on-going support, whether through the forum, at specific topic training events such as the recent Twitter evening or via one of our review evenings.

Many thanks to Cllr André González De Savage, Cabinet member for Public Protection, Strategic Infrastructure & Economic Growth at Northamptonshire County Council and to Grace Kempster, Customer and Library Services Manager, Northamptonshire Libraries for the new funding and their continued support of the project.

Congratulations to Geddington!

Geddington with cert and trophyThe awards to the best community websites in the county took place on Wednesday 4th September 2013 at the Hunsbury Hill Centre. An excellent turnout saw Geddington.net awarded the overall Best Community Website 2013. To find out more about the evening and to see all the winners in the categories, click here .

In particular we would like to thank our guest speaker John Griff for his excellent speech and for presenting all the awards and thanks go to Steve McCarthy, without whom this project would never have happened. We wish Steve all the best when he moves to his new home in Lincolnshire and who knows, we might even be supporting a cross-county website hub one day!

Content Review Evening

content is kingFollowing the successful Project Review evening in May, we decided to hold another review evening on Wed. 24th July. This time the aim of the evening was to look at what sort of content a community website ought to include or cover and secondly, how to engage your community with your website, particularly in relation to using social media.  Although not as many people attended as the previous review evening, it was certainly a lively and useful event. I have now finished the notes from the evening and they can be downloaded here.

There are also a couple of documents about using social media that are worth checking:

Project Review Evening

its-a-jungleThe evening was attended by nearly 40 people from all over the county. We did wonder if there was going to be enough room but everyone managed to get a seat. Elaine O’Leary from ACRE managed the evening and was kept busy meeting, greeting and introducing the various speakers. Steve McCarthy introduced the session with a history of the project and the progress to date. There was a lot of emphasis on engagement and becoming involved in the project.

There followed two case studies the first from Alison Evans-Smith and Mike Bailey who presented the work they have done on developing the excellent Walgrave site. This was followed by an humorous description by Stephen Borrett of how he tackled the technical and political issues of building a web site when Wilby village was a little reluctant to take that first step. Both case studies were fascinating and seemed to stimulate the audience into believing they could do it too. If you have Powerpoint, you can view both presentations: Walgrave and Wilby.

Elaine then demonstrated the use of a booking system used by Milton Malsor village hall. All developed for free.

And the final presentation was by Richard Beards from Northamptonshire County Council who explained the website competition, the criteria and the prizes.

At the end of the evening there was an opportunity to stay behind, drink wine, eat nibbles, ask questions and network. It was a great evening and we hope it will generate even further interest and involvement in the project.