Note that the May Newsletter, which slipped between the cracks when we were first creating this website, is now available to download from the News tab / Newsletter Archive
Just a reminder that in 5 days, at close of play on 29th, we will be moving full time over to this, our new website and the old site, hosted by Open Sandwich, will be turned off. I have been publishing (versions of) these stories on both sites. You will not need to do anything, as the address you have used to find the old site up till now ( www.cambriatrust.org.uk ) will find the new one after the change. Incidentally, this is post 698 in the series, so we should just about make the round 700 before the ‘techies’ snip the wires and disarm us!
Today’s picture is another of Mark C’s beautiful sunlit ones of Cambria dropping a sail at the end of a sortie. I always think barges look oddly ‘broken’ in this pose, but that’s just me. Cambria is currently moored ‘back at base’ in Faversham and is manned at weekends for visits by the public.
Readers may know that we intend to close the ‘old’ Cambria Website down and transfer from the much loved and highly respected providers (Open Sandwich Design) to the new base here, Blue Ant. This is no reflection on Open Sandwich. They have done us proud. You can see from the screen-grab today which I have taken from the old site that we have been well received there with 20 to 30 thousand hits a month (peaking at 55k for launch month last year).
We have now moved from a “Restoration” project, to an on-going business, running a barge for profit, managing a charter business and developing a shop selling Cambria-related ‘stuff’ . It has become appropriate therefore to seek a new provider and this we have found in Anthony at Blue Ant Ltd who are based in the old Pollocks “Sideways Launch” shipyard in the Upper Brents in Faversham. Their website is on http://blue-ant-design.co.uk/
This is the new Cambria Website, (http://www.cambriatrust.org.uk/) so you can see that we are ‘up there’ but is still under construction. You are welcome to come and have a look and please feel free to comment but the way these things work is that this ‘prototype’ version is posted for us all to play and train on till we at the Cambria Trust and the Team at Blue Ant are happy with it, and then we ‘go live’ and launch a brand new copy of the prototype site loaded with all the new stuff but also the archive files (for example my 4 years of blog) from the old provider. While the ‘Brand New Copy’ is constructed and tested, the ‘new website’ will be off air for a couple of days and you will only be able to see the old one, www.cambriatrust.org.uk .
This new site is planned to go live properly on 29th of this month (Friday week) and I know the Team at Blue Ant are keen to get the search-able aspects turned on so that we can be found by Google and other search engines. The hope is that everyone can find us here and will continue to read us regularly. It will be interesting to see how quickly we can get back up to the 20k and 30k figures shown here.