Morristown Jewish Center

Website Maintenance

This is a log of the experimentation and maintenance work I have done. Bob Small


7/21: Reviewed website files, etc. on cPanel on USCJ server:

  • Upgraded from WP 6.5.5 -> 6.6 to protect against identified vulnerabilities.
  • Need to consult with Hirsch Fishman:
    • Review list of WP Vulnerabilities and Security Measures for recommendations on what to adjust or ignore
    • It appears we do not have routine backups…need to address this

7/1 – 21: Continued creating proposed page changes – see websitefacelift page for overview

7/1: Mtg with Gadi, Amy, Bob: Gadi & Amy will rview the governance proposal and we’ll reconvene to discuss/clarify before they send it on to the Executive Committee. I will continue to create new version of pages on the web site and share with them.

6/27-28: Drafted Web Governance model for review and comment
Created proposals for new/replacement pages: Services2, Newsletter2, Community2

6/26: Drafted Inclusion page for review and comment- it would replace Interfaith Families page in Who We Are. Still to do are drafting descriptions of our support for People with Disabilities and LGBTQAI+ community. Sent email to Amy & Gadi to raise concern that our website be as accessible as practicable…would require subscription to automated accessibility testing tools. To do: replace graphic.

6/25: Drafted Meet Our Team page for review and comment – it would replace Our Clergy, Our Professional Staff, and Board of Directors pages. Still to do are (1) adjusting the image sizes to be consistent and adding photos of Neda & Michael (2) [Done] Add separate page for Cantor (3) Rewrite Rabbi & Cantor pages with welcome message and first-person bio.
• Corrected broken mailto: links in Contact Us page.

6/24: Met with Gadi to discuss his role in the website governance. He recommended that there be a governance group consisting of the two co-presidents, Amy W. and him. Continued cataloging the files in the Media Library

6/23: Installed Events Calendar plugin to compare to the Events Manager plugin that was previously installed

  • Events Calendar offers a useful feature of displaying the calendar in list and grid form but the background is almost black and makes the display unreadable. I was not able to correct this issue
  • Events Manager does not have the dark background issue, the individual events display well but there does not seem to be a grid view
  • I disabled the Events Calendar until I can discuss with HirschContinued reviewing and cataloging the Media Library

6/22: Developed 3 new Clergy page prototypes for discussion – Overtaken by Meet Our Team

  • Recommend Clergy3 with first-person welcome messages and links to Rabbi/Cantor bios
  • Installed Duplicate Page plugin
  • Reviewed remaining media files and moved the “keepers” into folders

6/21: Installed FileBird plugin to create categories in the Media Library.

  • Prior, all library elements were in one uncategorized container.
  • Created about a dozen categories and assigned all media items from 2023-24 to appropriate categories
  • Recommend identifying any earlier “keepers” and deleting the rest

6/21: Initial meeting with Hirsch Fishman to discuss site maintenance & refresh strategy. Key takeaways:

  • The theme that he developed for us has good features – any site renovation should use it, don’t replace it
  • No need to create a transition site for renovation work – create new pages to replace existing pages once the changes have been finalized
  • A major issue is that the Events feature is not integrated with the Calendar. When the site was created, he said that the staff was committed to Google Calendar, which is embedded in the Calendar page but not integrated into the site. In order to highlight events and not duplicate effort, replacing the Google calendar with the WP calendar will be required – this needs to be explored
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