For many years our club has benefited
from the outstanding support of Chapman University. This support
extends to the free use of Hashinger Hall for all our monthly
meetings. Our web site has also been hosted on the University
web servers for many years.
In order for us to start truly expanding
the services we provide our members via the web site we must
move the hosting into a commercial hosting vendor. This move
will allow us to create extensive customizations to our web
services that will take the site beyond the existing simple
static web pages into a much more dynamic system.
The clubs website is now hosted by
Interland who are the second largest hosting company in the
world. They host over 300,000 commercial websites.
What will change?
For the past year or so you may have
noticed that we have listed our web site address on the Sirius
Astronomer as www.OCAstronomers.org. However for all that
time if you enter that address into your browser you would
also have noticed that you end back up at www.chapman.edu/oca.
From now on - our home on the web
As of today you will find that when
you type in the old home page of www.chapman.edu/OCA you will
see a prominent message that is referencing the new site at
Many of the main pages on the Chapman
server will display a prominent message about the new site
and there will be a link that will take you directly to the
corresponding page on our new site. For instance if you have
bookmarked the old calendar page at http://www.chapman.edu/oca/calendar.html
you will find the new page is at http://www.OCAstronomers.org/calendar
Please update your bookmarks as soon
as you can.
The new site contains everything (almost)
that was on the old site at Chapman. For a while you may find
there are a few links to things that don't quite work. We
have a lot of content on the web-site and I may have missed
a few things. If you find something missing - or not quite
working the way it should - please email me.
What's going to happen in the future
with the website?
Well lots of things......
We'll be developing a members only
content area which will be password protected and contain
special information just for members.
Watch this space.