In some cases impermanence takes care of itself but often we have to make a lot of effort to change things. When Portland got its new website several years ago it took a lot of effort to plan, develop and implement. Over time, however, our website has gradually gotten to look more old-fashioned with no effort on our part as neighboring Shambhala centers in San Francisco, Seattle, Bellingham and Victoria, BC have migrated to a new web template that runs on WordPress.
Our current website was created a few years ago by Lisa Ricci, Davee Evans and others. It gathers all kinds of information about our community and its activities into one place. We register for programs, find out how things work, and contact each other through the website.
But Lesa Ricci has temporarily moved to Toledo, Ohio (we expect a report soon); Davee Evans has moved to San Francisco, where he has been designing controls and user interfaces for refrigerator-sized gene-sequencing machines, teaching at the Shambhala Center, marrying Kate Merrill and having a baby:
Apart from the rather antique appearance of our current website, the fact that only one or two people can update any page on the website becomes a problem; it’s difficult to update. In June, the Portland Shambhala Center Council decided that we should get in the queue for the new website template. So it’s only a matter of time (and a lot of effort, including some fund-raising) till we switch to a design that looks like our neighbors up and down the West Coast. Have a look at some of the features and at a map of the journey for moving on.
If you would like to participate in the move – along with others who have been helping to prepare for the move – drop me a line at John (dot) Smith (at) Portland (dot) Shambhala (dot) org.