Running Lyng on Line is not rocket science
What running Lyng on line involves is not onerous and certainly not difficult. It may look reasonably professional but that is down to the web service/hosting company Weebly. They are based in California and that was the reason I chose them at first. They have mirror sites in the UK and Europe so speed of access is never a problem.
At first I used their free service and LoL could revert to that. It is also possible to transfer the entire site to another provider but you would need advise on doing this safely.
Currently there are two cost factors:
One is the domain name, LyngonLine. That costs £9 a year and I am happy to continue funding that for a couple of years (already paid for to 2019).
Second is the Weebly service and this provides the hosting of the site, the template driven site-builder and quite a lot more. The basic site is free but means there will be some advertising coming through.
But to improve what LoL can offer it was upgraded to a paid for "Starter" service at £5 a month.
What you get is the hosting of the site, the ability to add as many pages as you need, upload pictures, build pages and maintain contact with your subscribers. You can have slide shows, videos, music - pretty much all you need. Trading service will more than double the cost if that is needed.
Currently the site is getting 320 plus unique visitors a week - which is not bad given the size of the village. If we paid more we could analyse where they come from. They view 1,400 pages each week which implies about 4 pages per visit. This is not high but again the size of Lyng and the relative enthusiasm of the residents for digital stuff needs to be considered.
HOW TO AND WHAT YOU NEED
Making pages is quick and easy, adding text, picture etc is just as easy. Some guidance will be given to any volunteer(s) and there is a very good help service on the system.
What you need is
1 a decent lap top, PC or Mac with good memory and graphic handling abilities (most modern machines are well capable of handling web sites).
2 suitable software for writing and editing text - Word, Open Office etc.
3 similar software for handling pictures - Photo Studio, Picturemaker etc.
Most computers these days come with enough to handle this but improved photo software would be useful.
4 you also need to have a printer/scanner which can handle text - Optical Character Recognition - to convert submitted and research material to digital text. And that's it really.
It is fun honest so give me a call?