All About This Web Site
This web site is a hobby,
and quite a time-consuming one. I do it just for fun in my spare
time. Much of the information however does come from the monthly
village newsletter, for which I'm extremely grateful, and from family
researchers and other historians who make contact.
I endeavour to keep the
information as up-to-date as possible but I welcome any help in doing
this. So if you have found something
here which is inaccurate or a link which doesn't work - please do
let me know by emailing me:
Similarly, if you feel I've
left something out, or you have additional information about the village
past or present, I'd be glad to know about it.
You may have reached this
page because you are thinking about doing something similar yourself.
In which case here's some information you might find useful:
I use Frontpage 2000
The site is now hosted by Easily.co.uk, a company I've used for
several years for other site. Easily offers very good value and an
excellent interface which even I can understand. I moved after
many years with another host because of unjustified and constantly
The guestbook used
to be an automatic service, but the hosts proved impossible at
keeping out spammers, so reluctantly I abandoned it. I now do
the job manually.
Bow Brickhill features
on most search engines. All submissions were done by hand.
It took about a year to make an impression on the listings, but the
site is now deeply embedded in the internet. If you got here via
Angelfire, this is because for the first four years the site was
hosted there on freespace and I've set up redirection pages for any
links still out there in the ether.
Design of the site - text on the page, alt tags on
images, links to and from the site as well as titles,
descriptions, header fonts, file names and meta tags, all play a part in achieving decent
placement. Unfortunately there are few places where
you can submit for free - so the sooner you start doing it, the more
likely you are to win in the visibility stakes.
The search facility is
courtesy of www.freefind.com.
It's a great feature and automatically generates a site map
and delivers regular reports so that I can see the search strings
entered by visitors. The search page can be tailor-made to reflect the
site's overall design. This is a free service.
Google Analytics -
another free service - is also operational on this site. This
allows me to see easily how many visitors I've had and also which
search terms led them to the site.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Because I created the site before spam
robots were in existence it never occurred to me that one day I
would regret having my email address so prominently displayed. I now
use a nice little piece of script which should stop robot
harvesting. If you want to see it, just go to the genealogy
page where it's been used a great deal, and view the source
code. You'll see every time an email address is required,
there's code with script tags.
If you're thinking of doing something similar for your community, I
can tell you that it's a very worthwhile and rewarding hobby. All
you need is time and inclination. Good luck!