Hi I’m David Shaw, official title IT Secretary, but really I’m the one that mucks around with the website, This new site is created on the WordPress online editing platform. It is more secure than the old site that we had, for which the software I use is outdated and no longer supported.

It’s all new to all of us, but here are a few tips for getting what you need from the site.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch via the Contact page.

These icons are used consistently throughout the site and always have the same function.

Link to rally location map

Places left on rally

Link to venue website

No Limit to places

Booking form download

Booking form not released

This colour code for the type and status of the rally is more or less the same as the old site and is fairly self explanatory.

Your Devices will display the website differently depending on screen size, the software is reactive to the type of device you are using.

The Calendar Pages, The calendars are now directly from the database managed by the Programme Secretary and will always be up to date. You can drag the calendar around in the window with your finger on touch screen devices, zooming in and out can be achieved by rolling the mouse wheel or using “pinch” and “spread” gestures with your fingers on touch screen.

Links to Rally Pages, for device with mouse or touchpad click on the rally name to activate the link to the rally page. For touch screen device just put your finger on the rally name

The Ticker Tape Banner just above the calendar has a 10 second delay before moving to the next Ticker. There is a row of numbers under the banner, you can move through the tickers using these numbers.

The Location Map, When you access this from the main menu it is just like the old site, it’s an interactive Google Map, in the top right corner of the map you will find the enlarge button, click or touch on this and it will open the map full screen in a new page. If you access the map from the links on rally pages the map will be zoomed in on the location of that rally.

Where are the Rallies? In the top left hand corner of the map you will see a square symbol with a right pointing arrow in it. This opens and closes a panel listing all the rallies.
Select a rally in this list, the map will zoom in and put that rally at the centre of the screen, the icon is surrounded by a white ring.
I have no idea why and it only happens on the first time you click on a rally, the map zooms to Ireland after this it works fine.
You will notice in the panel on the left there are brief details of the rally.
Alternatively you can select a rally icon in the map, the details for that rally will appear in the left panel.