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New Features

As WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system powering 34% of all websites on the internet. There are also many third party plugins that can enhance the functionality of WordPress. With this in mind the Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society decided to use the WordPress content management system and selected plugins to produce a bespoke website.

The website is based on an industry standard Theme and uses a Website builder. With a selection of Plugins installed to provide the following new features for the website.

  1. A Theme templates allows a consistent look across the website allowing Global settings such as Header and Footer builder, breadcrumbs, menus and widgets to all be set in one location.

  2. A Website builder allows web editors to work on editing the site live and similtaneously see exactly how the actual pages look.

  3. All the web pages are sorted into communities, making it easier for web editors to find a particular page.

  4. A Plugin has been used to allow visitors to read documents as books online rather than web pages or PDF files.

  5. A Photo Album Plugin has been used to upload and display individual photos or complete photo albums removing the need to have all the photos for a specific function or feature to be displayed on a single page. The visitor can now open a photo album and view each photo individually or as part of a slide show.

  6. A Form Plugin has been used to provide a comments area on most web pages. This allows any visitor to add comments to the content on the particular page. To avoid illegal spam or robots from using the comment forms a noCaptcha plugin has been included.

  7. To comply with the latest General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) a popup has been included to allow visitors to either accept or reject the website cookies used.

  8. Funding was obtained for this project from the Highland Council Dingwall Common Good Fund. The application for funding asked the Heritage Society to describe any contribution the project may make towards promotion of the Gaelic language. With this in mind the website has a translation facility that allows visitors who wish to have the web pages in Gaelic can select this as the language to display.