The board has decided that the swarm call listing is to continue as it has previously appeared and that affiliated association swarm call lists will be added, placed at the top of the page. The association links will be posted as they become available. For individuals, the 2019 swarm call listing will be open by the time you read this. It has been cleared, which means you will need to sign up again even if you registered last year and are interested in collecting from the same locations. We ask that you sign up for no more than ten locales this year. Thank you for this service to the public as well as the education you provide and your fine representation of the beekeeper community in doing so.
Greetings fellow beekeepers! Friendly web-keeper, Erin, here. I wanted to give you an update on what’s up with the website.
Not every bit of information and every feature has been brought over from the old site. Eventually, we’ll get it all converted or updated. If you’re a frequent visitor to the site, you may notice quite a few changes over the next month.
The main feature we’re missing right now is the Classifieds/Web ads section. All I can say about that is: It’s complicated.
Updates of note:
The Swarm List
Ah the swarm list. It has been my dearest, most fondest wish, in my little webkeeper heart of hearts, to allow people to sign themselves up for the swarm list without emailing the webkeeper. Well, that day is nigh. The swarm list needs one last little thing before it can be turned on. And then you will sign yourselves up. With a form. And it will just happen. Like magic. And if magic doesn’t happen, then you email me.
(Or renew your OSBA membership.)
You’ll probably notice the information you can put on the Swarm List is a little more constrained. To those who want to put their home number, work number, cell number, and partner’s cell number, and pet’s email address: my apologies. As always, the swarm list will be organized by locations people are willing to travel to collect a swarm.
Starting this year, an entry on the swarm list will consist of:
- First and Last Name
- Best Phone Number
- Whether or not a gas fee is charged to get to a swarm.
The reason for having a consistent, simple swarm list entry is so that people who have a swarm and are looking for someone to collect a swarm can easily and quickly process the information we provide.
If you want to be sent an email when the swarm list is available, head on over to the swarm list page. There’s a form you can fill out to get on the OSBA email list. I’ll send an email as soon as the swarm list is ready to go.
Note: The issue preventing me from opening the swarm list would have prevented signing up for the old swarm list, too. I am really sorry we couldn’t open up on Feb 1.
Events and Bee Schools
Much like the Swarm List, I wanted to empower people to add events through the website. Officers and committee chairs in OSBA and regional associations will have the option to add and update their own events. Anyone will have the option to submit new events using a form on the website.
If you have a Bee School or Event that you’d like listed on OSBA, please submit it. Advertising fees do not apply to events, ever.
OSBA reserves the right to decline displaying events for any reason.
We’re on WordPress!
The OSBA website is now proudly powered by WordPress, CiviCRM, Genesis, and A Small Orange.
One of my main goals for this site redesign was that people who were not a web-keeper are empowered to update and add to the site easily. WordPress lets us achieve this.
There are many benefits of using WordPress: easy updates, consistent design and presentation between pages, automatic SEO, to name a few.
Improved Site Security
Webpages and information transmitted between peoples’ computers and orsba.org are now encrypted. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited by this new feature 😀
Another new security feature is that email addresses displayed on webpages are now really hard to harvest by web crawlers. Phone numbers on the swarm list are also really hard to harvest by web crawlers. (The phone number security only applies to the swarm list at this time.)