DAFC.net 21 years onDate: Saturday, 5th Jun 2021
Following on from the History of DAFC.net by OzPar it is time to look forward to the next period of DAFC.net `s history.
The internet has come a long way in the last 25 years who knows where it will be in the next 25 years.
We are currently looking at revamping the forum, as it is also about 20 years old ! Over this period the software has been updated and tweaked a number of times, more so to prevent hackers breaking into the system. We are not sure how many actual servers the system has been on, at least 4 anyway as we continually upgrade.
Perhaps moving to a cloud based system would stop the need for server upgrades.
There are many packages which provide websites and forums for users. DAFC.net did look at using a Wordpress based site 4-5 years ago, but because of the specialist scripts required on this site it was felt that it would be too cumbersome. At the time security implications of wordpress were also a concern.
The time is now right to look forward and we are looking for volunteers to take over the management and running of the website. Primarily this will need a PHP developer though anyone with some experience and the willingess to learn will be most welcome.
We are also looking for suggestions for how to upgrade the site on layout and features.
Once thing I would like to resurrect is that DAFC.net sponsors a photographer, perhaps working with the football club on matchdays ?
We have a decent camera and kit which was well used over the years. We stopped taking pictures a couple of years ago as it was duplicating what was on COWS. However, I think it would be ideal to help train up young people who may be interested in photography ? If Neil Farrell could contact us so we can see how the camera and lenses are - are they still working ?
Are you a software engineer or like to get into that field ? We use PHP, MySQL, ajax and aiming to use Bootstrap 5 templates for the website. It may keep you busy for the next 25 years ? Can you help maintain and develop this website going forward ?
We can help you build up your software experience.
I`ll add a post to the Admin forum if you wish to ask a question.