Background and Duties
Area 78 makes use of two Web Administrators to approve and post all Area events and meeting changes submitted via the website online forms. They maintain the Public and Private download section of the website, and make website content changes as directed by the committee chair.
Web administration positions are assigned for a two-year term. They alternate responsibility for the administrative work on a bi-monthly rotating coverage schedule, responding to email requests as quickly as possible. They strive to react to and post most requests within a day, two at most.
New web admins are given time to familiarize themselves with the Area 78 website, and training is provided on how to perform the required administrative tasks (like how to validate and apply the meeting and/or event request updates). A step-by-step tutorial document (Area78WebAdminManual.pdf) is available to guide the administrators through most tasks they would be asked to perform.
- It is suggested they have at least one year of sobriety.
- A basic knowledge of website navigation.
- Possess good organizational and communication skills .
- Comfortable using a text editor (like Microsoft Word).
- Ability to learn new things.
As with most trusted servant positions in Area 78, mentoring is available as required to new administrators.
Apply to the E-Services Chair by using the form on the website Contact Us page.
Generally, the Webmaster title may refer to a web architect, a web developer, a site author, a website administrator, a website coordinator, or a website publisher. The duties of a webmaster may include: ensuring that the web servers, hardware and software are operating correctly, designing the website, generating and revising web pages, quality assurance testing, replying to user comments, and examining traffic through the site.
The Area 78 Webmaster title here may refer to the website author who extended a Content Management System (CMS), creating the AA Template programs. This software provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users, with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages, the ability to create and manage the website content with relative ease. Thus, most of the day to day maintenance of the website can be handled by the Area 78 Web Administrators and having a Webmaster available to do the work is not necessary.
The realm of a webmaster's work for Area 78 includes the regulation and management of access rights of different users of the website, the appearance and setting up of website navigation, and the applying and setup of core CMS updates to the AA Template software as they become available. Content placement can be done by a webmaster, though content creation is usually left to the Web Administrators.
Experience with the Area 78 website and the related Area 91 and Edmonton sister sites has demonstrated that a full time webmaster is not needed. When necessary, the Area 78 Webmaster or a Microsoft .NET web developer can be brought in to handle emergency situations which may require a higher level of skill than what is available to the E Services committee. This would also be the case if a new feature is desired which is not part of the current content management system.
A .NET developer will need these skills to work in the AA Template code base:
- Proficiency with C# (read C Sharp) is a must, with a familiarity of its coding environment (Microsoft’s Visual Studio) and some ASP.NET development experience.
- Knowledge of the .NET framework and its features.
- Strong understanding of the structure and logic of Object-Oriented programming.
- The ability to write clean and readable code in C#.
- Development experience using a SQL Server database.