Board Meeting Minutes 2014-10 – Communications Director Report

Web site report:

Statistics

2014 Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Unique Visitors 280 524 529 538 498 754
Number of Visits 444 925 864 898 816 1,099
Pages Served Out 3,026 3,632 2,543 2,796 6,846 3,977
Hits 5,745 5,483 4,463 4,601 9,367 6,262
Bandwidth (MB) Used 130.88 111.66 101.56 120.64 171.39 194.09

Growth (month over month)

2014 Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Unique Visitors * 87% 1% 2% -7% 51%
Number of Visits * 108% -7% 4% -9% 35%
Pages Served Out * 20% -29% 10% 145% -42%
Hits * -5% -19% 3% 104% -33%
Bandwidth (MB) Used * -15% -9% 19% 42% 13%
  1. Best guess from these statistics is that a seasonal slowdown was in effect through Summer months, but growth is again surging in September.
  2. The apparent attack in late August, where it appears the entire site was slurped in a short period of time, distorts the percentage volume changes for August and September. A gross adjustment for this suggests that bandwidth used increased about 30% from Jul to Aug, and 30% from Aug to Sep.
  3. There appears to be a healthy amount of growth. There are no signs of problems with the web site.

No new or unusual activity with these. We have a presence on Google, Bing, Yahoo and Witchvox which are each sending a few visitors our way.

These are in order

  1. Notes of our first business meeting that are recorded on the wiki. I have no idea why this is so popular.
  2. The Calendar. There is no way to tell whether the text listing or the Google calendar is seeing the most use. I suggest that we try to maintain both (although it does mean duplicating the work)
  3. The “About Lyceum” page
  4. General descriptions of studies. Since this is popular, perhaps it should be better developed.
  5. Business Matters page. This has links to bylaws, minutes of meetings, the Directors. It is intended to also have links to “Our Elders” and to a “Policy and Procedure” manual. Those are not yet in place. Maybe they are unnecessary?

Summary

The web site is healthy. There is now enough feedback to begin to see what visitors are using, and this can guide further development.

The current plan is to do some major revision of the web site after the Board Retreat in November, and before any ordination activities begin, which would probably be after Imbolc at the earliest.

Author: Will

I was born at a very young age but I am older than that now. As a young man I drove half a million miles in Boston taxis. Then I moved to Oregon and developed two careers as an RN over 28 years: the first as a clinical nurse mostly in ICU, then later in Nursing Service Administration as an Informatics RN (but before that term was coined). In between RN work, I picked up an ADSc Business Computer Programming and provided PC network installation, maintenance and repair for 10 years. I eased into retirement beginning in 2003 and was fully retired in 2010. But I have continued to develop and manage websites and my skills are current with HTTP/CSS, PHP, Apache, SQL, etc. I have a strong preference for Ubuntu Linux boxes and Dokuwiki websites. I have a strong dislike of WordPress, which, although it is technically very well done, has created one of the worst cesspool ecosystems I have ever encountered. Still it is sometimes the best tool for the job, more is the pity. I have followed pagan paths for 50 years and I have about 3 yards of bookshelves devoted to pagan thought and practice. I am a perfectly eclectic technopagan heavily influenced by Victor Anderson's Feri practice but comfortable with Gardner derivatives, Zennist ways, and totemic/shamanist practices. I have recently been made the Steward of the Lyceum Of Trees. So I am Will Steward, Steward. Make of that whatever you will.