With our new group, the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society, we have some new features to the websites (plural) that should take the group to new levels.
Two (Soon to be Three) Websites
First, there are two websites: the main website which is similar to our previous website, and a second website for more “community” based work.
The main website is found at http://www.naturalphilosophy.org
The community website is found at http://community.naturalphilosophy.org
CNPS Website Enhancement: Your Own Website!
The main site at http://www.naturalphilosophy.org has a new template or look, as well as a feature that will solve a great problem of our last website: personal scientist blogs.
For those who were born more than 20 years ago, let me explain…
A Blog is a Web Log (weBLOG) which is now considered to be a website where individuals or groups write articles that would be interesting for others on the internet. So just think of a blog as a newspaper-like article but is published on the world-wide web.
Second, our website is based on WordPress, the most popular website software on the planet. But this new site has a twist: it is a Multisite Wordpress website. This means that individuals can have their own blog website that is based on from the main website.
You can see our current page of scientist blogs at: http://www.naturalphilosophy.org/site/blogs/
What is even nicer, it solves a great problem we have had in the past: allowing scientists in the CNPS to publish their own articles about their work. Before, we could not do that because there would be too many articles that would get in the way of the main site article. Plus, the majority of the articles from CNPS scientists were about each person’s work and that can turn the general public off, as well as be simply repeating what other scientists in the CNPS know about someone’s work from reading their abstracts and papers. But no more!
Now, if you are a paying member of the CNPS, you get your own blog or website to publish whatever you like and the article will appear on the main website as a member’s article. This will be in a separate place from the main articles on the main CNPS website.
All those listed in with the own websites have paid their membership or have made a donation to the new organization.
Here is the page where your article will show up listed with others as well as the latest posts on the front page on the right-hand sidebar:
So if you have a website there already, take advantage of it! You can find your site in the Dashboard area of WordPress which is on the left-upper side of the website WHEN YOU ARE LOGGED IN.
Community Website: Forums Replace Email Lists
The community website at http://community.naturalphilosophy.org has two main goals:
- Act as a replacement for email lists and discussions
- To grow the community by attracting new members
The community website is based on BuddyPress, a sort of cross between WordPress and Facebook. Therefore, it has groups, forums, and the ability to “befriend” someone so that if they do or say anything, you will be alerted. You can send public messages, private messages, and do full forum conversations without having to worry about being spammed.
We now need to start moving our email list conversations which can annoy the @#@$!! out of people to our new forum area. Here is the forum page on the community website:
Please, Please, PLEASE, PLEASE move your email discussions to this forum. This allows some very very important things to happen:
- We don’t loose these conversations – they are archived for EVERYONE to see
- People can LEAVE the conversation or JOIN the conversation on their own
So please, stop the email conversations and put them into the forums. You will have a bigger audience in the long run for your conversations.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You are not automatically a member of the community website. You must register for the community website separately.
Attracting New Members
The second important goal of the community website is to promote the CNPS by creating world-wide local Meetup Groups. Meetup is a website that specializes in finding people in your local geographic area with similar interests. We have created banners for our new organization which you can create on the fly. For example, you can go to this webpage, type in your groups name, and instantly have a webbanner in the size needed for starting your local meetup group: http://www.naturalphilosophy.org/meetup-banners
If you describe the group correctly, it will attract those who are interested in science and new ideas from the general population. The idea is to get new people, not for only CNPS members to meet.
On the community website, we will
If you need some help learning WordPress, here are some helpful links. Remember: it is the most used website software on the planet so it is well-tested. These are videos that teach WordPress basics and are pretty decent.
- http://videos.wpbeginner.com/ (you must sign up for this but it is well worth it)
If needed, I (David de Hilster) could hold a video conference for those wanting to learn how to use everything.
In the future, I will be letting people know how to use the “Fundraiser” plugin (professional plugin) to allow scientists to do fundraisers from their CNPS website.
We also are looking to port the World Science Database to WordPress on http://db.naturalphilosophy.org
Programmers or Want-to-be Programmers contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org