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Our website on the move

Bill Fletcher

Posted February 05, 2019 in: Announcement 

Since February 5, 2019 our CPC website has been hosted on a new server, and Bill Fletcher is the new webmaster.  The URL remains
https://calvertphotographyclub.com/  (On February 14 I obtained a security certificate and implemented the SSL security protocol, hence the https://. Your browser should automatically redirect you to the “secure site”.)
If you encounter any issues with the site please let me know.

For now I have concentrated on updating the site and striving for compatibility with current components of the hosting platform, especially the PHP scripting engine.  Not all the kinks have been worked out yet.  You may still see annoying but harmless error messages from time to time. Unfortunately it was not feasible to move the site to the latest 5.1.3 release of the ExpressionEngine CMS (Content Management System) as several of the necessary plugins have not been updated for releases later than 2.x. 

Then I will try to bring member lists up to date.  We need to drop the names of those who have not been members for years and ensure that we have the best email addresses for current and recently lapsed members.

Finally I would like to re-implement the site with a simpler CMS that supports a responsive design.  That’s jargon for a site that adjusts to the size of the user’s screen, so it displays appropriately on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  A simpler CMS will also make it easier to share or pass on the webmaster duties in the future.  Please let me know if you’d like to take part in the redesign effort.

Throughout the transition I have benefited greatly from my predecessor Guy Stephens’ help and guidance.  The high quality of his site design and implementation reflects his careful and thorough approach to web development.  His decade of service as webmaster has been an invaluable asset to the Calvert Photography Club.


About Bill Fletcher

I've been an avid amateur photographer since I got my first Brownie camera at age 8. After years of inhaling noxious fumes in a home darkroom printing B&W photos, I graduated to color 35mm slides, and finally progressed through several generations of digital cameras. I now shoot with a Nikon D5500.

My wife Joyce and I live at Cove Point, enjoying the dream of beach-front living while fearing the nightmare of rising sea levels. l especially love photographing nature and wildlife. Another favorite subject is our first grandchild, toddler Nico.

I'm a retired college professor who wound up at the US Naval Academy teaching German, Spanish, Linguistics, and IT. Currently I volunteer at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, assisting the Marine Mammals Research Group investigating dolphins off Ocean City and in the Bay, and serving as docent in the Visitors Center.

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