It is with regret that we must advise that due to events beyond our control (Force Majeure - Terminal illness and Government Acts (VAT & Data Protection))

This website will close on 1st May 2018 (01-05-2018)

This site is no longer actively maintained or supported

You use this site entirely at your own risk

 

21-04-2018 Upgrades

  • Core members profiles software upgraded to 2.1.4+build.2018.04.16.12.36.23.f56a647b0
  • Forum modules and plugins upgraded to 5.0.4 for CMS v3.8.7
    • Reason: Habit and Site security

 

19-04-2018 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to v3.8.7
    • Reason: Habit and Site security

 

11-04-2018 Features

  • Contacts disabled
  • Lost login disabled
    • Reason: Site not supported

 

01-04-2018 Features

  • VAT deregistration completed
  • VAT Prices and price display updated
  • VAT default rates removed
  • VAT number removed
  • Article link to author changed to global hide
  • Assessments and menus disabled to prevent use as not supported

 

30-03-2018 Upgrades and Features

  • Editor upgraded to v2.6.28
    • Reason: Site security
  • All non paid memberships have been deleted - NO DATA HAS BEEN RETAINED
  • All Features and Services archived as no longer available
  • How to Register archived as no longer available
  • Membership subscription features archived as no longer available
  • Site close down announced

 

27-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Newsletter upgraded (again) to v5.9.6
    • Reason: Site security (and incompetent developer)

 

24-03-2018 Features

  • Site registration disabled
  • Registration help disabled
  • Website Help Desk disabled
  • Members Icon menu disabled removing access to forum, training, paycheck and assessments
    • Reason: Scale back size of site and work required to maintain

 

22-03-2018 Upgrades and Features

  • Core members profiles software upgraded (again) to 2.1.4+build.2018.03.19.18.24.36.eaec2182a
    • Reason: Site Security, performance + incompetent developers who fail to test their software
  • Twitter and Facebook accounts closed
    • Vacuous waste of time

 

18-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Subscription software upgraded to v4.2.0
    • Reason: Site security

 

17-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Forum upgraded to v5.0.14
    • Reason: Site security

 

16-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Newsletter upgraded (again) to v5.9.4
    • Reason: Site security (and incompetent developer)

 

14-03-2018 Features

  • Upgraded core CMS to v3.8.6
    • Reason: Site security
  • Comments system disabled
    • Reason: Save system resource and time. Only used by 31 members. Persistently misused by some members who fail to observe the terms of use
  • Blog feature disabled
    • Reason: Save time and resource little used less than 30 articles p.a. Persistently misused by some members who fail to observe the terms of use

 

13-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Subscription software upgraded
  • Assessment software upgraded to v3.7.6
    • Reason: Site security

 

12-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Newsletter upgraded (again) to v5.9.3
  • Core members profiles software upgraded to v2.1.4
    • Reason: Site Security and performance

 

11-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Koments software upgraded to v3.012
  • Antispam software upgraded
  • Profile conditional software upgraded
    • Reason: Site security

 

09-03-2018 Features

  • Registered members can view and read all support forum posts and topics
  • Subscription members can create new support forum topics
  • Subscription members can reply to support forum topics and posts
    • Reason: Allows members to view replies after subscription expires

 

07-03-2018 Features

  • Date format in profile and subscriptions changed from mm/dd/yyyy to dd/mm/yyyy
    • Reason: Increased clarity of use
    • Reason: feature now works

 

01-03-2018 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded to v6.0.1
    • Reason: Site security

 

26-02-2018 Features

  • Site search feature limited to registered members ONLY
    • Reason: Reduce load on server

 

18-02-2018 Features

  • Full membership deletion enabled
  • This deletes all details irrespective of whether the user has a paid subscription
  • Use with EXTREME caution
  • This is irreversible and we will not assist the user if this is done accidentally
    • Reason: New EU Data Protection Legislation

 

11-02-2018 Upgrades

  • Comments software upgraded to v3.0.11
    • Reason: Site security

 

10-02-2018 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded to v6.0.0
    • Reason: Site security

 

09-02-2018 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to v3.8.5
    • Reason: Site security

 

30-01-2018 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to v3.8.4
    • Reason: Site security

 

02-02-2018 Features

  • About profile - about profile page reviewed and updated
  • Personal data removed and deleted
    • Reason: preparation for new data protection legislation. Data is not required or used

 

30-01-2018 Upgrades

  • Newsletter software upgraded to v5.9.1
    • Reason: Site security

 

27-01-2018 Features and Upgrades

  • List of Tags added to site map
    • Enhanced functionality
  • Site Map Software upgraded to v4.4.0
  • Site indexing software upgraded to v4.13.2.3783
  • Full site re-index done with new software
  • Following the re-index some links may not function correctly the whole site is being reviewed
    • Reason: Site security

 

25-01-2018 Upgrades

  • Newsletter software upgraded to v5.9.0
  • WYSIWYG editor upgraded to v2.6.24
    • Reason: Site security

 

23-01-2018 Features

  • Member profile - member page reviewed and updated
  • Personal data removed and deleted
    • Reason: preparation for new data protection legislation. Data is not required or used

 

17-01-2018 Features

  • On lists of articles "Title Filter" changed to "Search List Titles" to make more user friendly
  • Help for using "Title Filters" or "Search List Titles" updated
  • News Icon Menu simplified and header presentation standardised
  • Links to social media removed to simplify site features
  • Subscription text updated for Advanced, Subscription and PayCheck
  • Newsletter subscription text updated

 

15-01-2018 Features

  • Public Home Page repaired internal page links
  • Members Home Page repaired internal page links

 

09-01-2018 Features

  • Directory reviews - to write a review user must be registered and logged in to the site
    • Reason: Enhance site security and reduce attacks on the site

 

08-01-2018 Members

  • All memberships which were last used before 31st December 2016 have been closed
    • Reason: Site performance to reduce size of database

 

06-01-2018 Features

  • Parish Council Directory Category - most reviewed councils removed
    • Reason: Enhance site performance by removing a little used feature

 

05-01-2018 Features

  • Folcomedia cookie accept replaced
    • Reason: Causing issues with analytics and other plugins

 

04-01-2018 Upgrades

  • Extension Manager software upgraded to v7.1.6
    • Reason: Site security

 

03-01-2018 Upgrades

  • Site Forum software upgraded to v5.0.13
    • Reason: Site security

 

01-01-2018 Features

  • PayCheck price shown now includes V.A.T. less any discount if applicable
  • Changes to subscriptions...
    • Annual subscription no longer available for sale or renewal
    • Existing annual subscriptions remain valid until they expire
    • New members purchasing a subscription and existing members whose subscriptions have expired are offered a 1 month subscription
    • The price shown for the new monthly subscription now includes V.A.T.
    • New subscriptions may be renewed as many times as required (as before)
    • As before subscriptions do not auto renew, they must be renewed manually

 

31-12-2017 Features

  • Most directory categories and listings other than those related to Town and Parish Councils are now only viewable by registered members
    • Reason: Return to the original design philosophy in that the directory is a resource for members

 

26-12-2017 Upgrades

  • Site Assessment software upgraded to v3.7.5
    • Reason: Site security

 

24-12-2017 Upgrades

  • Site content protector upgraded to v1.5.8
    • Reason: Site security

 

21-12-2017 Upgrades

  • Site indexing software upgraded to v4.13.1.3756
    • Reason: Site security

 

16-12-2017 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to v3.8.3
    • Reason: Site security

 

14-12-2017 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded to v5.6.3
    • Reason: Extra site security

 

13-12-2017 Features

  • The Directory "Recommend" option removed as it added little value to the site functionality but added nearly 10,000 pages
    • Reason: Simplification of the site removing little used features and enhancing the site performance

 

12-12-2017 Upgrades

  • WYSIWYG editor upgraded to v2.6.23
    • Reason: Site security

 

11-12-2017 Features

  • The Directory menu showing new, updated, popular and directory search has been changed from public to registered only access
    • Reason: Site simplification for guest visitors, additional registered members only functionality

 

03-12-2017 Upgrades

  • Antispam and conditional software upgraded
    • Reason: Site security and extra features

 

01-12-2017 Upgrades

  • The safari browser and apple products using IoS are regrettably no longer supported
    • This is due to apple's decision to stop upgrading equipment on IoS 9.3.5
    • This renders all our apple equipment obsolete as we can no longer upgrade to the latest version of the operating system or safari browser
    • Members are advised that if the site works all well and good we are however no longer able to identify and fix any issues on apple hardware
    • Using apple operating systems and browsers on those platforms is entirely at the members own risk.
  • WYSIWYG editor upgraded to v2.6.21
    • Reason: Site security and extra features

 

29-11-2017 Features

  • Enhanced online help and validation changes to...
    • First Name, Last Name, Username and Email Address Fields
    • When registering and updating profiles
    • The reserved words are highlighted as an error message if registering or updating those fields when changes are saved
    • More disposable email addresses blocked
    • Some reserved words are NOT highlighted however to help ensure site security

 

26-11-2017 Upgrade(s) and Features

  • Forum upgraded to v5.0.12
    • Reason: Site security, bug fix and new features
  • Community name field on registration, profile and edit profile is once again a mandatory (required) field
  • The default privacy on the community name field has been increased from connections to private
  • At least 3 characters must be entered, multiple words and alpha numeric characters are allowed
    • Reason: Enhanced privacy and security for users and allows an enhanced level of validation to be done to help reduce theft and duplicate registrations
  • Local Council name - Town or Parish Council, default privacy has been increased from connections to private
  • At least 3 characters must be entered, multiple words and alpha numeric characters are allowed
  • NOTE this field is not YET required but will be after more testing
    • Reason: Enhanced privacy and security for users and allows an enhanced level of validation to be done to help reduce theft and duplicate registrations

 

25-11-2017 Features

  • Search menu items (Search, Tags and Site Map) moved from legal menu to new search menu
    • Reason: To enable the challenged to find the search items (still assumes they can scroll down the page)

 

23-11-17 Profile known issue - Fixed

  • There is a known issue on FireFox v57.0 "Quantum" where the font size on the view and edit profile tabs have increased to 30px from 18px
  • This is beyond our control and is a browser issue which we have found on both the Windows and Linux releases of FireFox v57.0
  • This issue seems to have been fixed

 

15-11-17 Profile known issue

  • Major Google Chrome and FireFox browser upgrades  have been released
  • There is a known issue on FireFox v57.0 "Quantum" where the font size on the view and edit profile tabs have increased to 30px from 18px
  • This is beyond our control and is a browser issue which we have found on both the Windows and Linux releases of FireFox v57.0
  • The action(s) and behaviour of the view and edit profile are unaffected
  • Please accept our apologies for this matter which is beyond our control and we await actions by others to fix the problem

 

12-11-17 Notice and Features

  • Site performance - the site is currently running slowly as we are and have been subject to a brute force login attack for the past 48 hours
  • Please ensure you log out after visiting the members area
  • After a period of inactivity you may be logged out by an administrator
    • Reason: site security
  • Login error messages updated
    • Reason: greater clarity for users and members

 

12-11-17 Upgrade(s)

  • Core CMS upgraded to v3.8.2
    • Reason: site security

 

08-11-17 Upgrade(s)

  • PMS (Private Message System) Upgraded to v4.0
    • Reason: enhanced performance and security

 

06-11-17 Upgrade(s) & Features

  • Cookie accept software upgraded to v1.3.4
  • WYSIWYG editor upgraded to v2.6.20
    • Reason: Site security and extra features
  • Some membership emails updated and now sent in HTML not text only
  • Comments configuration updated, Participants removed, username added automatically feature to enter name unnecessary
    • Reason: Clarity and enhanced ease of use

 

04-11-17 Features

  • Public site map re enabled
    • Reason: Issues fixed

 

03-11-17 Features

  • Some membership emails updated and now sent in HTML not text only
    • Reason: Clarity and enhanced ease of reading

 

01-11-17 Upgrade(s)

  • Site CMS upgraded to v3.8.1
  • Comments software upgraded to latest version v3.0.10
    • Reason: Site security

 

29-10-17 Upgrade(s)

  • JCH upgraded to latest version v5.2.1
    • Reason: Site security and enhanced performance

 

28-10-17 Features

  • Message reporting by users turned off in the forum as there is no way of replying to a user.
  • Message reporting is/was intended as a means of users highlighting problematic topics, posts and replies
  • Message reporting was never intended as a way of entering into a dialogue with users (also not allowed by terms of use) that is ywhy there is a ticket based help desk
    • Reason: Site simplification removal of an old confusing feature intended for publicly visible forums

 

24-10-17 Features

  • Wording changes - Login error messages and private message notifications
    • Reason: Enhanced clarity and ease of use for visitors and members

 

22-10-17 Features

  • Wording change - "Sign up" changed to "Register - Join CPALC"
  • Wording change - "Lost login?" changed to "Lost Password?"
  • Accept Cookies moved from bottom of page to top of page
    • Reason: Enhanced clarity and ease of use for visitors and members

 

21-10-17 Upgrade(s)

  • CB profile change manager upgraded to latest version
    • Reason: Site security

 

15-10-17 Upgrade(s)

  • All of CB subscriptions upgraded to latest version(s)
    • Reason: Site security and ongoing PayPal compatibility

 

12-10-17 Upgrade(s)

  • CB Conditional upgraded to latest version
    • Reason: Site security

 

11-10-17 Upgrade(s)

  • Extension management software upgraded to v7.1.4
    • Reason - Site security

 

10-10-17 Features

  • Limited reformatting of CPALC newsletter
    • Reason: Adding new features pending a more comprehensive rebuild

 

09-10-17 Features

  • Core/main icon menu now enabled across whole site including members profiles, forum, training, paycheck etc
    • Reason: Standardisation of access and enhanced useability for members and guests - 1 common standard interface
  • After extensive testing the public HTML site-map has been turned off.
    • There are too many items for it to be useful in finding content.
    • The load imposed on the server is not commensurate with the value added, especially when there are other better methods for users to find items.
    • Users should use search, tags and filters
      • Reason: Site simplification and increased site stability and performance
  • Search results - the text was too small and closely spaced, the font size has been increased and spacing increased
    • Reason: Increased useability

 

08-10-17 Features

  • Privacy removed from Terms of Use and added as a separate menu item
  • Copyright presentation tidied up
  • Terms of Use - Forum rules incorporated and "Comment" added as new site function
  • Terms of Use - Presentation enhanced
    • Reason: Simplification and ease of use - all now in 1 place

 

07-10-17 Upgrade(s)

  • Newsletter software upgraded to v5.8.1
    • Reason: Site security and new features

 

05-10-17 Features

  • New comment component installed and enabled on Editorials and Members blogs to replace the broken kunena discuss bot feature
  • This feature is still in testing and has not yet been documented
  • Terms of use are still needed for the new comments component
    • Reason: Replacing broken discuss bot feature which linked editorials and members blogs with the debate forum
  • Forum - Debates no longer enabled as problem with the discuss bot means that it is no longer possible to integrate the debate forums with Editorials and Members Blogs
  • Forum menu "Add Debate" removed as Debate Forums removed
  • Forum Menu "My Posts" removed these are now available in each user's profile along with additional information
    • Reason: Broken and unable to repair, however also simplifies use of site

 

04-10-17 Features and Upgrades

  • News Icon Menu now only visible to registered users as Guests cannot access Editorials or Members Blogs
    • Reason: Site simplification
  • Module manager upgraded to v 7.1.13
    • Reason: Site security

 

02-10-17 Features

  • Child Tags enabled
  • The following are child tags of parish news...
    • CPALC News
    • CPALC Editorials
    • CPALC Members Blogs
  • Reason: Consolidation of content for user accessibility and enhanced simplicity of site navigation. (Please note this is currently a test of this feature)

 

30-09-17 Upgrades

  • Site indexing software upgraded to v4.11.0.3643
    • Reason: Site security new features for the search engines

 

29-09-17 Features

  • Directory language display updated and simplified e.g. "Categories" replaced in most cases with "Directories"
  • Assessments language display updated and standardised e.g. replacing "Quiz" with "Assessment" - display accidentally changed on a previous upgrade
    • Reason: Standardisation of terminology helps simplify the site making it easier to use

 

25-09-17 Features

  • Enabled the News, Editorials and Blog menu based on tags not the underlying directory structure
    • This is the first time we have used this feature
    • Enables 3 disparate and separate data sources to be presented in one list of consolidated articles
    • The article list is still governed by the ACL (Access Control List) so registration and login are still needed to view all the content
    • The original icons have been kept on the News Icon Menu as this is currently a test feature
    • The usage will be closely monitored for several weeks before any final decision is made
    • Reason: major potential simplification of site menu structure

 

24-09-17 Features

  • Anti spam temporarily disabled
    • Reason: Site performance and simplification
  • Member profile changes - consolidating all membership management functionality and features in 1 place
    • "Your Subscription(s)" Tab added allowing member to see and manage all their subscriptions
    • Last 3 years receipts for subscriptions available for printing directly from members profile
    • Members can only see their own subscriptions they cannot see those of others or vice versa
    • "NewsLetter" Tab added showing newsletter subscription status
    • Private messaging simplified all actions available from the "Login" options
  • Footer functions updated to work with preceding changes

 

23-09-17 Features

  • Member profile changes
    • Blocked users moved to be near last visitors and on same group of tabs
    • Blogs - privacy set to default i.e. visible - there is no point in writing a blog if no one can see it
    • Forum tab enabled allowing members to see their posts, favourites (topics) and subscriptions
    • The main tabs were reordered

 

19-09-17 Features

  • Article information and tags moved from below article content to above content.
    • Reason: Increased accessibility for users to article tags
  • Individual hidden menu entry for each tagged item changed. Individual menu items deleted
    • Reason: Simplification of site, performance and increased simplicity of maintenance

 

18-09-17 Features

  • Dates shown at foot of articles changed from the date published to date changed/updated or modified. 
  • New or Updated on members welcome page updated to date updated from date created
    • Reason: Brings visible display in line with newsletter selection

 

17-09-17 Upgrades

  • Antispam software upgraded
    • Reason: Site security
  • Forum upgraded to v5.0.11
    • Reason: Site security and new features

 

13-09-17 Features

  • Backup upgraded to v5.6.0
    • Reason: Site security
  • The sitemap has been re configured to show articles and directory categories only
    • Reason: Increase readability and useability by removing the 000's of directory listings which may be found by using the "Directory Search". Reduces load on server and increases site performance

 

11-09-17 Upgrades and Features

  • Template upgraded to new core cms standardised version
    • Reason: Ease of use and maintenance

 

10-09-17 Upgrades and Features

  • Module management software upgraded to v 7.4.0
    • Reason: Site security and additional features
  • Anti-spam software upgraded
    • Reason: Site security
  • Login presentation updated and changed
    • Reason: Consolidates many features into 1 place simplifying access for users and reducing site complexity
  • Privacy - core profile functionality upgraded
    • Reason: Site security and standardised presentation of icons and other features

 

07-09-2017 Features

  • Minor presentation issues repaired on the 404 error page - i.e. page not found
  • All-Tags changed to Tags on footer menu

 

04-09-2017 Features

  • New "Accept Cookies" added, CPALC banner header updated
  • Tags rebuilt using new features in CMS - added sorting of selections by title and date
    • Reason: clarity, extra features and enhanced ease of use

 

01-09-2017 Features

  • All member lists rebuilt to take advantage of new features and layouts in the Core member profiles which was upgraded to v2.1.3 on 29-07-2017
  • 1 completely new list has been added
  • All lists presented in a new "grid" format
  • All information reviewed and updated
  • List layouts standardised
  • List headers rewritten
  • List sorts and selects standardised
    • Reason - additional features for advanced members

 

30-08-2017 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded to v5.5.2
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

29-08-2017 Features

  • Default privacy settings on First Name and Last Name changed from "Connections" to "Private"
    • Reason: reassure users about site privacy on registration

 

28-08-2017 Upgrades

  • Auto actions upgrade
  • Subscription software upgrade
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

24-08-2017 Features + Upgrades

  • Subscription software upgrade
    • Reason - maintain site security
  • News icon menu made generally visible
  • Campaigns added to news/communication menu
  • Tags removed from some categories
  • Campaigns icon changed to loud hailer
    • Reason(s) : Ease of use, clarity, increased simplicity

 

23-08-2017 Features

  • List All Members (Advanced Subscribers only) reviewed and search features updated to allow more flexible searching so members can find other members
    • Reason: Extra features for paying members

 

22-08-2017 Features

  • Presentation of Public, News and Members Icon menus reviewed
    • Reason: Increased ease of use + better visual presentation
  • Menus added to registration page
    • Reason: Increased ease of use + visual consistency
  • Menus + Icon menus reviewed and updated on Training, PayCheck, HealthCheck and Forum
    • Reason: Increased ease of use + visual consistency
  • Internal operation of TABS reviewed and updated
    • Reason: Simplification to reduce maintenance

 

20-08-2017 Features

  • Scroll to top buttons margin increased to stop hiding of "Next" page button
  • Scroll to top buttons delay removed to make faster
    • Reason: Increased ease of use
  • Page Footer options standardised Public and Member consolidated into one display
    • Reason: Clarity and increased ease of use
  • Newsletter option moved to Account Profile/Details menu
    • Reason: Increased ease of use, stop unregistered visitors registering for news letter
  • Account Profile Menu partially rebuilt to standardise layout and operation
    • Reason: Increased ease of use

 

18-08-2017 Upgrade

  • Site CMS upgraded to v3.7.5
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

15-08-2017 Features

  • Scroll to top buttons turned off on the helpdesk
  • Forum discuss bot turned off to fix a rare infrequent error which affected a very small number of members
  • Categories repaired to fix issue which had resulted in the "root" category being corrupt and removed. This meant that categories could have no parent

 

12-08-2017 Features and work

  • Extensive review and testing of the site is being undertaken consequently the site may be offline on and off throughout the day
  • Assessment, Quiz, Training, PayCheck, HealthCheck software upgraded from v3.4.2 to v3.7.2
    • Please note CPALC is NOT the developer of this software, it is provided by a 3rd party
    • Extensive testing has been done but there may still be issues
    • The time shown is incorrect, this however is immaterial
    • The PDF on PayCheck seems to be working again, the email result feature continues to work
    • The timeout issue seems to be resolved
    • The browser issue associated with clicking on the check and radio boxes seems to have been resolved
  • The scroll to top and bottom buttons have been removed from...
    • All training assessments
    • PayCheck
    • All HealthChecks
  • Reason - increased ease of use

 

11-08-2017 Upgrade

  • Site Editor upgraded to v2.6.19
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

10-08-2017 Upgrade and features

  • Site indexing software upgraded to v4.10.0.3607
  • Removed some old unpublished articles
  • Removed some unpublished modules
    • Reason: Site security, simplification

 

08-08-2017 Upgrade and features

  • Site backup upgraded to v5.5.1
  • Help Desk upgraded to v4.2.7
  • Removed/deleted 52 old unpublished modules
  • Rebuilt/consolidated main and directory menus
  • Finally uninstalled Docman, Importer and associated Extman
    • Reason: Site security, simplification

 

07-08-2017 Upgrade

  • Directory upgraded to v3.9.8
    • Reason: Site security

 

04-08-2017 Newsletter Subscribe - Known Problem

There is a known issue with accessing the newsletter subscription from the front end profile this is being worked on.

Should you wish to unsubscribe this may be done directly from the newsletter. The unsubscribe option can be found at the end of the newsletter

This has now been resolved - as before you may update your subscription once logged in using the "Newsletter Subscription" at the foot of each page.

 

04-08-2017 Upgrade

  • Site backup upgraded to v5.5.0
  • Profile Logger upgraded
    • Reason - New features and site security

 

02-08-2017 Upgrade

  • Newsletter Software upgraded to v5.8.0
    • Reason - New features and site security

 

01-08-2017 Upgrade(s)

  • Members profile progress field upgraded
  • Members profile last viewed tab upgraded
    • Reason - New features and site security

 

30-07-2017 Upgrade

  • Forum upgraded to v5.0.10
    • Reason - New features and site security

 

29-07-2017 Upgrade

  • Core for member profiles upgraded to v2.1.3
    • Reason - New features and site security

 

28-07-2017 Features and Functions

  • Old unused menus deleted
  • Registration popup help updated

 

26-07-2017 Functions

  • Full index flush and rebuild
    • Reason: Clear old items, site performance

 

23-07-2017 Upgrade

  • Site Editor upgraded to v2.6.18
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

22-07-2017 Upgrades

  • Extension management software upgraded to v7.1.2
  • Reason - Site security

 

15-07-2017 Upgrade

  • Site Editor upgraded to v2.6.17
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

11-07-2017 Features and Functions

  • Editorials, Members Blogs and Writing a Blog have been moved
  • ALL news i.e. Parish News, Editorials, Members Blogs  together with writing a members blog are now in one single place
  • This is work in progress and is part of our strategy to flatten the sites data structures
  • Considerable work is still needed and ongoing to simplify navigating this site and its more than 60,000 pages and links
  • Reason Ease of use and navigation for visitors and members

 

07-07-2017 Upgrades

  • Site map software upgraded to v4.3.5
  • Extension management software upgraded to v7.0.7
  • Reason - Site security

 

05-07-2017 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to v3.7.3
  • Module management software upgraded to v7.3.3
  • Reason - Site security

 

04-07-2017 Upgrade

  • Site Editor upgraded
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

31-06-2017 Promotional Offers and Discounts

  • CPALC has never increased the price of its membership since 2012
  • The cost of a personal membership remains at £25.00 (ex VAT) a year
  • Memberships do not automatically renew
  • However the...
    • Cost of hosting the CPALC website has increased over the last 18 months
    • Cost of core software has increased very dramatically in some cases by 300% (after discounts)
  • From the 01-07-2017 promotional offers and discounts may reduced or removed without notice

 

14-06-2017 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Advanced articles now visible on front page a membership and subscription is needed to access these items
    • Reason Ease of use for visitors and members
  • Module manager upgraded
    • Reason - site security

 

13-06-2017 Features

  • The old "marketing" versions of the CPALC guides in Parish News have been deleted
  • The main copies of the guides have been updated from registered to public
  • The instructions to robots and crawlers have been updated for the guides
  • Reasons...
    • Simplification of site
    • Less to maintain
    • Increased ease of use for site members and visitors

 

10-06-2017 Features and Functions

A Subscription is now needed to use the PMS - Private Messaging System

With a subscription you can...

  • Access the Messaging Menu option on your profile
  • See and access the private messages shown on the members home page
  • Create and send a PMS to other members from
    • the forum
    • member profiles and
    • the menu option
  • Read messages sent to you by other members

Without a subscription you cannot...

  • Access the Messaging Menu option on your profile
  • See and access the private messages shown on the members home page
  • Create and send a PMS to other members from
    • the forum
    • member profiles and
    • the menu option
  • Read messages sent to you by other members

 

CPALC has not increased membership subscriptions since 2012.

  • Costs have however increased by more than 300%
  • Much software that was free now requires CPALC to have a paid annual subscription
  • To keep the core subscription as low as possible "free" features have been removed or may require a subscription

 

09-06-2017 Features and Functions

  • Public and Guides and Articles icon updated
    • Reason - Fixes a display issue on very small mobile phones
  • Additional testing of all remaining icon menus to be done today and the coming weekend
  • Last views enabled on members profile
    • Reason - allows members to see who has viewed their profile

 

06-06-2017 Features and Functions

  • Public and Guides and Articles icon updated and moved
  • Icon menu now displays when...
    • About Councils clicked
    • About Councillors clicked
    • About Clerks clicked
  • Reasons
    • Consolidates all technical content in one part of the site
    • Enhanced ease of use for users

 

05-06-2017 Upgrades

  • Subscriptions (Part of site core) full upgrade
  • Reason - site security

 

04-06-2017 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Members icon menu rebuilt
    • Reason - Ease of use on mobile devices
  • Legal menu at end of page rebuilt
    • Reason - Simplification for users and ease of use on mobile devices
  • Site Editor upgraded
    • Reason - maintain site security

 

03-06-2017 Features and Functions

  • Page footer in the Public/Guest area rebuilt
    • Reason - Simpler display on mobile devices

 

02-06-2017 Features and Functions

  • Layout and presentation of JOIN/REGISTER and LOGIN updated
    • Simpler display on mobile devices - removed the "colour bleed" on some devices
  • "Click on an icon" text removed above icon menus
    • Simpler display on mobile devices - increased familiarity with apps on mobile devices
  • Text above login form updated
    • To reduce "colour bleed" on some devices
    • Enhanced accessibility
  • When writing a new blog the mini editor menu options was not shown
    • This now has a work around 
    • A "Document Link Button" is shown and the editor options once again work
    • Clicking on the "Document Link Button" will show a popup box containing a 404 error
    • This is a known issue pending the complete removal of the document management system
    • Whilst not elegant it works

 

02-06-2017 Some Orange email addresses & a/c closure

After 31 May 2017 Orange advise that you'll...

  • not be able to access your account
  • send or receive any emails from some Orange email addresses
  • or access the associated Orange contacts and emails in any way

Orange advise that the affected email addresses have the following suffixes...

  • Orange.net
  • Orangehome.co.uk
  • Wanadoo.co.uk
  • Freeserve.co.uk
  • Fsbusiness.co.uk
  • Fslife.co.uk
  • Fsmail.net
  • Fsworld.co.uk
  • Fsnet.co.uk

Many CPALC members have successfully updated the email address associated with their membership profiles.

A small number of membership profiles which have not been updated have now been closed as...

  • Unable to receive any emails from CPALC
  • Unable to change email address as member unable to receive the activation code for the new email address

 

01-06-2017 Upgrades

  • Upgraded site indexing software
  • Site Editor upgraded
  • Reason - maintain site security

 

28-05-2017 Upgrades

  • Performance management software upgraded to v5.1.1
    • Reason - Continuing site security and enhanced performance
  • Core User Profile software upgraded
    • Privacy management
    • Auto actions
    • Reason - Continuing site security and enhanced features
    • Forum full upgrade to v5.0.9
    • Reason - site security

 

24-05-2017 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to latest version (3.7.2)
  • Reasons - site security, new features

 

21-05-2017 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to latest version (3.7.1)
  • Reasons - site security, new features

 

17-05-2017 Upgrades

  • Forum full upgrade to v5.0.8
  • Reason - site security

 

15-05-2017 Upgrades

  • Module management software upgraded to v7.3.2
  • Performance management software upgraded to v5.1.0
  • Reason - Continuing site security and enhanced performance

 

13-05-2017 Upgrades

  • CBSubs (Part of site core) full upgrade
  • Reason - site security

 

12-05-2017 Upgrades

  • Module management software upgraded to v7.3.1
  • Reason - Continuing site security
  • "Using The Forum" and "Forum FAQs" consolidated from 2 documents to a single document
  • Reason - ease of use for public, fewer pages to maintain

 

06-05-2017 Features and Functions

  • "How to Login" and "Login FAQs" consolidated from 2 documents to a single document
  • Reason - ease of use for public, fewer pages to maintain

 

05-05-2017 Features and Functions

  • "How to Register" and "Registration FAQs" consolidated from 2 documents to a single document
  • Reason - ease of use for public, fewer pages to maintain

 

29-04-2017 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded
  • Social networking part upgrade
  • Module management software upgraded to v7.3.0
  • Extension management software upgraded
  • Reason - site security

 

27-04-2017 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Members accounts last visited on or prior to 31-12-2014 deleted
    • Site performance
    • Security
  • Social networking part upgrade
  • Site-map generator upgraded
  • Site Editor upgraded
  • Reasons - site security, enhanced functions and reliability

 

24-04-2017 Features and Functions

  • Footer Menu - Help, Login Support and Website Support moved to own menu
    • Reason User clarity and ease of use
  • Public or Guest Footer options - Social Media links removed
  • New Social Media Media menu added with Facebook, Twitter and Google Links
    • Reason User clarity and ease of use
  • Member Footer options - Buy/Renew Your Subscription link added
    • Reason User clarity and ease of use

 

10-04-2017 Upgrades

  • Social networking part upgrade
  • Reason - site security

 

08-04-2017 Upgrades

  • CBSubs (Part of site core) full upgrade
  • Reason - site security

 

07-04-2017 Upgrades

  • Forum full upgrade to v5.0.7
  • Reason - site security

 

06-04-2017 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Module management software upgraded to v7.2.0
  • Reason - site security
  • Public/Guest Icon menu - additional text links added
  • Enhanced SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
  • CB Activity upgraded
  • CB Auto Actions upgraded
  • Reason - site security

 

02-04-2017 Upgrades

  • Extension management software upgraded to v7.0.3
  • Newsletter software upgraded to v5.7.0
  • Reason - site security and extra user features

 

30-03-2017 Features and Functions

  • Minor changes to layout and order of forum menu
  • Forum category descriptions re-instated
  • Reason:- useability

 

28-03-2017 Upgrades

  • Extension management software upgraded to v7.0.2
  • Reason - site security

 

19-03-2017 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded to v5.3.1
  • Module management software upgraded to v7.1.0
  • Reason - site security

 

14-03-2017 Upgrades

  • Backup software upgraded to v5.3.0
  • Module management software upgraded to v7.0.2
  • Reason - site security

 

11-03-2017 Features and Functions

  • Archiving of old content has been enabled
  • Older content is retained but removed from lists of current content
  • Enables highlighting and featuring of current content without deleting old, possibly useful content
  • Archiving is accessed from a new icon on the Guides and Information Page

 

04-03-2017 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Module management software upgraded
  • Display of Google maps turned off in directory category listings
    • Visually simpler
  • Down scroll button enabled
  • Forum Help Links simplified at end of forum
    • Simpler to use on a mobile device

20-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • Guides and articles icon menu in the members area completely rebuilt
  • Reason Enhanced use and access to articles

 

19-02-2017 Upgrades

  • Site Map software upgraded
  • Reason Security and features

 

18-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • Use of content TAGs reviewed
  • TAGs added to many categories
  • Read More Similar now based on use and frequency of tags
  • It is hoped that this will aid users find content
  • More TAGs will be added soon

 

17-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • Read More Similar module replaced
  • This module shows similar articles at the end of an article
  • The existing module was no longer supported by the developer
  • Reverted back to original module inbuilt in the CMS
  • The articles shown may be more or less accurate than previously depending upon the keywords within the article
  • Over time the keywords will be reviewed and updated where appropriate and relevant

 

13-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • 17 new tags added
  • Articles tagged with new tags
  • Reason - ease of finding articles

 

12-02-2017 Upgrades

  • Module manager upgraded to latest version
  • Reason - security

 

11-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • Directory issues with visibility of reviews resolved
  • Directory - Existing reviews are now visible
  • Directory - New reviews are visible after moderation and approval

 

10-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • CPALC Consultations removed from public icon menu
  • Structure unchanged
  • Access via image and link on public category pages
  • REASON: simplification of main site navigation

 

08-02-2017 Features and Functions

  • Document TAG added
  • Reason to identify those articles with viewable or down-loadable documents
  • Tagging articles has just started consequently the selection is limited

 

07-02-2017 Upgrades

  • Directory upgraded to latest version
  • Directory review issue still not resolved by developers
  • Directory menu structure simplified and consolidated

 

31-01-2017 Upgrades

  • Forum upgrade
  • Minor changes

 

30-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Search with Tags removed from page banner
  • Function available from footer menu
  • Reason visual site simplification

 

29-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Directory home page and other main directory categories
  • Module after main list with 5 updated or popular links removed
  • Reason - site simplification, performance and reduces search engine "churn" as module frequently updated

 

25-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Feature "Advertise Your Council Vacancies" removed
  • Removed all services categories
  • Services removed from site map
  • Removed vacancies icon from public menu icons
  • Removed about CPALC icon from public menu icons
  • Reason site simplification and removal of unused features

 

22-01-2017 Upgrades

  • Major upgrade of forum
  • All new layout, fonts and icons
  • New menu allows direct addition of posts to support and debate (with correct membership)
  • New format of email notifications
  • Please note that the CSS and presentation has not yet been completed or finalised

Reason - site security and maintainability

 

21-01-2017 Upgrades

  • Core User Profile software upgraded
    • Privacy management
    • Anti spam
    • Conditional actions
    • Auto actions

Reason - site security

 

16-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Support forums for Scotland and Wales removed as unused
  • Private network forums removed as little used (includes video group forum)
  • Consolidated forums (Support and Debate) under one top level section as opposed to previous 2
  • Consolidated menu tabs from Support, Debate and Private into one - FORUMS
  • Who's done what turned off for simplification of site and performance
  • Networking groups removed to simplify use of the site as largely unused feature which added complexity

 

13-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Article links to documents in ABOUT CPALC - FEATURES AND SERVICES (Guest area) checked to ensure working

 

12-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Article links to documents in ABOUT COUNCILS (Guest area) checked to ensure working
  • Article links to documents in ABOUT COUNCILLORS (Guest area) checked to ensure working
  • Article links to documents in ABOUT CLERKS (Guest area) checked to ensure working

 

12-01-2017 Paycheck

  • There is a known problem with the PDF generation of the questions and answers
  • The current work round is to have the spinal points emailed to you
  • The issue is beyond our control and the issue has been raised with the developers of the software
  • We apologise for any inconvenience

 

04-01-2017 Features and Functions

  • Public and Subscription document icons removed from guides and articles icon menu

 

31-12-2016 Features and Functions

  • Subscription documents have been removed
  • The down loadable documents will be linked with new content at a later date
  • Some forms and proformas are still available but will be removed shortly
  • 404 not found errors may be experienced for which we apologise
  • Reason - documents not read by members

 

28-12-2016 Upgrades

  • Upgraded newsletter software to maintain security 

 

26-12-2016 Upgrades

  • Upgraded site indexing software to maintain security

 

18-12-2016 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to latest version
  • Backup software upgraded
  • Newsletter software upgraded

 

07-12-2016 Upgrades

  • Upgraded module management software
  • Upgraded site map software

 

23-11-2016 Features

  • What's New on Members home page consolidated from 4 to 1 list
  • Reason - Member useability

 

21-11-2016 Upgrades and Features

  • Upgraded module management software

 

09-11-2016 Features - Removal of Document Management System

When CPALC was originally set up one of the key ideas was to have many third party documents on many community topics on the site.

  • The reason for this was that documents on the internet are frequently deleted
  • This means that the document disappears for ever
  • The key concepts of the document may often still be valid

We are however going to remove this site feature as...

  • The software is expensive
  • The software and documents require considerable maintenance time
  • It adds a layer of complexity
  • It is little used

We are currently reviewing how to retain and present valid documents.

This change will start to happen in the coming month.

 

06-11-2016 Upgrades and Features

  • Upgraded site indexing software

 

05-11-2016 Upgrades and Features

  • Upgraded site backup software

 

03-11-2016 Upgrades and Features

  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor (Again)
  • Upgraded module management software

 

25-10-2016 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to latest version
  • Reason security

 

24-10-2016 Upgrades

  • Upgraded Module Management - Reason site security
  • User Profile software updates
    • Change logger
    • Antispam
    • Reconfirm email
    • Member videos
  • Reason site security
  • Upgraded Directory software to latest version - Reason site security
  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor to latest version - Reason site security
  • Users MAY need to clear their browser cache if problems are experienced

 

23-10-2016 Upgrades

  • Core CMS upgraded to latest version
  • Reason security
  • Firefox users MAY need to clear their browser cache if problems are experienced

 

19-10-2016 Features and Functions

  • About 300 members accounts which last visited the site in 2012 and 2013 flagged as disabled and not approved

 

12-10-2016 Upgrades

  • Forum software upgraded
  • This is the last upgrade in the 4.X series next is 5.X and new template
  • This upgrade has no impact on login or registration
  • Reason - security

 

11-10-2016 Features and Functions

  • Forum "ALL" Tab turned off
  • Forum new "PRIVATE" Tab added to show forums associated with members private networks and groups
  • Support, Debate and Private forum descriptions updated
  • Private Message Notifier turned off in forum above forum tabs
  • Reason ease of use, clarity and simplicity

 

10-10-2016 Features and Functions

  • Layout of Forum Rules reviewed and updated
  • Layout of Using the Forum Rules reviewed and updated
  • Public Article Content Lists - Title Filter removed except on Parish News
  • Reason ease of use, clarity and simplicity

 

09-10-2016 Features and Functions

  • Using the CPALC Directory - layout updated to bulleted format
  • Reason clarity and simplicity

 

06-10-2016 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Upgraded Module Management - Reason site security
  • How to advertise a council vacancy moved to CPALC Features and Services
  • Access to current Council Vacancies simplified
  • Warning updated in directory if Councillors or Clerks rate their own Councils - Reason clarity for those unable to read

 

01-10-2016 Features and Functions

  • New subscribe and discount offers added as "blue bar"
  • Forum help moved from top to bottom of page
  • Members News Menu removed
  • Editorials and Blogs moved to members main menu
  • Members Icon Menu updated
  • Reason - Site simplification and performance

 

29-09-2016 Upgrades, Features and Functions

  • Module Manager Upgraded
  • Public Icon Menu - Be a Councillor and Be a Clerk removed
  • Be a Councillor "BAR" added to...
    • About Councils
    • About Councillors
    • CPALC Directory
  • Be a Clerk "BAR" added to...
    • About Clerks
  • All site help consolidated into one category and menu item
  • Reason - Simplification of site navigation and performance

 

27-09-2016 Features and Functions

  • Members Home Page - Top of page simplified to Who's Done What
  • Members Home Page - Profile access incorporated into body of page
  • Members Footer - simplified and Icon Menu duplicates removed

 

26-09-2016 Features and Functions

  • Removed Site Support Icon from Members Icon Menu
  • Reason - simplification and ease of use, Icon function duplicated with bottom of all web pages
  • Members Icon Menu updated Subscriptions now ONLY Advanced membership Paycheck link dropped
  • Reason - simplification Paycheck is directly accessed from own menu
  • Members Blogs Header updated for simplification
  • Members Welcome Page Who's Done What and Accessing Your Profile moved down page
  • Removed Your Membership Icon from Members Icon Menu
  • Reason - simplification full profile access was provided at the foot of every page in the members area

 

24-09-2016 Upgrades and Features

  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor (Again)
  • Added/updated visible help on registration form
  • Enhanced security now required on passwords
  • Password strength shown on registration form
  • Passwords must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least...
    • 1 UPPERCASE Alpha character
    • 1 LOWERCASE Alpha character
    • 1 NUMBER FROM 1 TO 9
    • 1 SPECIAL character e.g. /?|\!"£$% etc

 

20-09-2016 Features and Functions

  • New TAG "CPALC Editorials" added
  • New TAG "Members Blogs" added
  • Old unused members only groups removed
  • Reason - future simplification, site performance and ease of use

 

19-09-2016 Features and Functions

  • Most Rated and Most Reviewed removed from Directory sub menu
  • Reason simplification and better display on mobile devices

 

18-09-2016 Upgrades and Functions

  • Upgraded backup software (Again)
  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor (Again)
  • Display issue re Members Icon Menu fixed

 

13-09-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded backup software

 

11-09-2016 Features and Functions

  • Display of CPALC News TAG fixed

 

10-09-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded from PHP 5.6 to 7.0 - for performance and security

 

07-09-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded from PHP 5.5 to 5.6 - precursor to upgrade to PHP 7.0 for performance and security

 

06-09-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Module management
  • 3 CB Core Upgrades

 

29-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Updated Registration Form Help

 

28-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Updated How To Login
  • Updated Order of the Registration Form

 

27-08-2016 Upgrade

  • Move to new web-servers completed
  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor (Again)
  • Upgraded URL display software

 

24-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Member profile changed "Not Yet Provided" to "-" for better mobile display
  • Added canvas images to the main member groups

 

23-08-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor
  • Repaired date updated and published in directory

 

21-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Registration, Subscription and Member Profile font sizes now same as content pages
  • Registration form changed to single vertical form from 3 stepped pages (Please note this is a test)
  • Reason - enhanced and easier use on mobile devices

 

20-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Directory font sizes now same as main content pages
  • Star rating spaces increased to enhance mobile use
  • Added if Council website complies with transparency regulations and other legal requirements
  • Added if website...
    • Is Google mobile friendly
    • Passes Google mobile speed test
    • Passes Google desktop speed test
  • Note as CPALC does not receive any funding from taxpayers or government grants updating the directory will be done on an as and when basis

 

19-08-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Module management
  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor

 

18-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Stage 1 of the work on the document management has been completed
  • The icon menus have been simplified
  • The underlying structure is now "flat"
  • Testing is now in progress
  • No work has been done on document links in articles
  • Broken links in articles will not be addressed for some time
  • The actual documents have NOT been reviewed, this will take time

 

13-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • From Monday 15-08-2016 we will be starting work simplifying the document management system
  • This will also involve the removal of many documents that have been on the site since 2008 and are now largely unused
  • Due to the scale of the work it is envisaged that it will not be completed for many months
  • During this period there may be broken document links in older site articles, these links will be removed during the usual article review and update cycle

 

09-08-2016 Features and Functions

  • Directory new layout
  • New features added (will not show until contents updated)
  • This is work in progress and will take a long time to complete

 

09-08-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Site Map software

 

06-08-2016 Functions Google Chrome Password Auto-fill and Login problem

  • The Google Chrome browser may ignore the "autofill off" command and may input the wrong password
  • This problem MAY also occur with Apple's Safari browser
  • This is a known problem with some releases of the Chrome browser
  • IT IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH THE CPALC WEBSITE

What to do if you have a problem logging in

  • Try updating to the latest version of Google Chrome
  • Always clear the autofilled password then manually enter your password
  • Use another browser e.g FireFox which does not have this problem

 

06-08-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Backup software (Yet again)
  • Upgraded core CMS

 

03-08-2016 Functions

  • User Agents (Browsers) that return NULL i.e. no definition now blocked
  • User Agents (Browsers) that contain WOW64 now blocked
  • Increases site security
  • Stops web-server processor time being wasted by undesirable bots
  • MAY block very old unsupported browsers running on XP

 

03-08-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Backup software (Yet again)
  • Upgraded WYSIWYG editor

 

02-08-2016 Functions

  • Increased line spacing in bulleted items to enhance readability on mobile devices
  • Blocked user agents (Browsers) which fail to identify themselves
  • Blocked browsers claiming to be FireFox v3.6 as this is very old and tends to be only used by bots and hackers
  • Increases site security
  • Increases performance by stopping some bad bots and humans

 

30-07-2016 Upgrade

  • Site Map software upgraded

 

29-07-2016 Content

  • New TAGS added for...
    • Training
    • Interests (Code of Conduct)
    • Dispensations (Code of Conduct)
  • Tags added to some categories
  • Makes finding topics easier for users

 

27-07-2016 Functions

  • Fixed issue with color "bleeding" into LOGIN when no user activity
  • Added more TAGS to members blogs

 

27-07-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded software which shows READ MORE SIMILAR which now is more accurate in the articles shown

 

26-07-2016 Functions

  • Fixed issue with color "bleeding" into the icon menu on mobiles
  • Fixed issue with color "bleeding" into GUEST and MEMBERS

 

24-07-2016 Content and Functions

  • Wording updated following USERNAME and other changes to...
    • Registration
    • Member Profile
    • Edit Profile
  • Public Icon Menu reordered - better item grouping

 

23-07-2016 Features and Functions

  • Login changed to registered email address only
  • Edit profile updated to allow changes to USERNAME

 

20-07-2016 Features and Functions

  • Profile languages updated
  • Slightly increased font size and row spacing
  • Added "Send PM" to forum sidebar
  • Enforced privacy settings on some profile Tabs
    • Activities
    • Send a MSG
    • Ensures privacy for those members who have not managed their privacy
    • Prevents sending of unwanted messages
  • Added Comments and Replies to Members Profile Activities
    • This feature is similar to that on YouTube and Facebook
    • This feature is NOT available on the public "Who's Done What" for privacy reasons
    • To use this feature members must be connected and be advanced members

 

19-07-2016 Content

  • Members Home Page
    • What's new or updated split into 4 categories
    • Shows more of what is new or updated
    • Shows some key content for longer giving members more time to find and read articles

 

17-07-2016 Content

  • Members Home Page - NEW Getting Connected help
  • Members Home Page - Simplified - enhanced mobile device display
  • Profile FRIENDS direct link to Getting Connected added

 

16-07-2016 Content

  • Members Home Page - Using the Site opens in new browser tab - enhanced mobile device display
  • Members Home Page - About Our Subscriptions opens in new browser tab - enhanced mobile device display
  • Email Address FAQs updated - enhanced mobile device display
  • Newsletter FAQs updated - enhanced mobile device display
  • How to upgrade Your Membership updated - enhanced mobile device display
  • Finding your way about the site added to help - simplification of Members Welcome page

 

16-07-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded core CMS (Content Management System) to latest version

 

15-07-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Backup software (Yet again)
  • Module manager and extension manager

 

14-07-2016 Features and Functions

  • Direct access to adding or updating member's image or avatar added from "Footer" (before footer menu)
  • Direct access to updating member's Name, Email or Password added from "Footer" (before footer menu)
  • Direct access to ONLY the networks member has joined added from "Footer" (before footer menu)
  • Direct access to invite a friend to join added from "Footer" (before footer menu)
  • Only a members activities now shown on member profile (shown only to a member's connections)
  • Popup help on profile changed to open in a new window - better display on mobiles
  • Popup help on forum changed to open in a new window - better display on mobiles

 

13-07-2016 Content

  • Profile invites and connections - display issues fixed

 

12-07-2016 Content

  • Links to add image or avatar repaired
  • Who's Done What display on registration fixed
  • Who's Done What display on avatar changed fixed
  • Who's Done What display on profile canvas changed fixed

 

09-07-2016 MAJOR Upgrade

This was a major upgrade to maintain site security and allow future enhancements.

As a major upgrade our objective was to minimise the time the site was offline.

Restrict the number of initial changes.

  • Membership core and management upgraded
    • New profile layout and display
    • No changes to privacy settings
    • Create blog simplified
    • New recent activities - Who's Done What
    • Registration - new simplified layout
    • Login - New display
  • Networking Groups upgraded
    • New simplified display and layout
    • Nested groups removed for simplification
    • Better integration with forum
    • Video display changed
  • Subscriptions upgraded
    • Minor display changes
    • New features not yet used

Known Issues

Extensive testing has been done on Live and development servers

  • NO ISSUES on registration or login
  • Who's Done What - some activities not currently shown - Fixed
  • Networking Groups
    • Videos no longer run "in page" must click link to YouTube
    • Videos - Google appears to have stopped embedded videos running as they do not show adverts

 

08-07-2016 Function - LOGIN Change

From Saturday 23rd July (23-07-2016) Members login will be changed.

Currently members may login using either their USERNAME OR EMAIL ADDRESS

From Saturday 23rd July (23-07-2016) login will ONLY be with EMAIL ADDRESS

  • NO changes are being made to passwords
  • Please remember PASSWORDS are case sensitive
  • EMAIL ADDRESSES are NOT case sensitive

 

08-07-2016 Content

  • Helpdesk menu removed
  • Access is now direct from members menu
  • Simplification of site navigation
  • Display and ease of use on mobile devices

 

04-07-2016 Site Offline Announcement Upgrade

  • The site will be offline and unavailable on Saturday 09-07-2016 from about 05:00 until about 19:00
  • If any delays be encountered the work may run into Sunday
  • The site offline page may be updated from time to time
  • This is a major upgrade which has been planned for more than 9 months
  • The upgrade is to the software which manages members profiles and subscriptions
  • Up-to-date software is important for the security of any website
  • It is an enabling upgrade which will allow us to simplify members profiles and add and enhance features
  • It will provide better display on mobile devices
  • Members should ensure that they are using the latest version of their chosen browser
  • Please note Opera is no longer supported and may be blocked

This is a major upgrade which has been planned and worked on for more than 9 months

  • The upgrade is to the software which manages members profiles and subscriptions
  • Up-to-date software is important for the security of any website
  • It is an enabling upgrade which will allow us to simplify members profiles and add and enhance features
  • It will provide better display on mobile devices
  • Members should ensure that they are using the latest version of their chosen browser
  • Please note Opera is no longer supported and may be blocked

We apologise for any inconvenience the unavailability may cause.

 

03-07-2016 Content

  • Display of member and new messages changed to display as per guest site
  • New messages display added
  • Minor profile layout changes
  • Standardises display across site
  • Display and ease of use on mobile devices

 

03-07-2016 Upgrade

  • New software added to put a "Top of Page" button on every page
  • Enhanced ease of use on long pages
  • Enables removal of hard coded "Top" (this will be done gradually)
  • Visually cleaner and enhanced SEO

These upgrades have no impact on login or registration

 

29-06-2016 Content

  • Size of help windows on members home page repaired

 

28-06-2016 Content

  • Members profile rebuilt
  • Changed to a vertical layout
  • Simpler display
  • Easier to use on mobile devices

Please note that this is in advance of a planned major upgrade which we hope to undertake within the next month.

 

27-06-2016 Content

  • All Tag display rebuilt to simplify
  • Best Practice, 60 Second and How To guides in Parish News
    • Tags replaced with GUIDES Tag
    • Simpler display
    • Removes confusion in Tags as to what's where
  • Public icon menu shortened to stop poor wrapping on some mobile devices

 

26-06-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Backup software (Yet again)
  • Upgraded content editor software

These upgrades have no impact on login or registration

 

24-06-2016 Content

  • 2 new TAGS added Parish News and CPALC News
  • Old Parish and CPALC News archived
  • CPALC News moved to Parish News
  • CPALC News removed from the News Icon Menu
  • CPALC News in Parish News requires the viewer to be registered and Logged in to see the items
  • Archived items are not currently visible

 

23-06-2016 Content

  • Archived old statistics in parish news

 

21-06-2016 Content

  • Read More converted to core style

 

17-06-2016 Upgrade

  • Module extension manager

These upgrades have no impact on login or registration

 

17-06-2016 Content

  • Document FAQs in Help updated
  • Content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • Increased ease of use on tablets and mobile devices

 

16-06-2016 Content

  • Public summary of powers and duties updated
  • Detailed table of powers duties and legislation added after public summary
  • Increased ease of use for members as information now in one place
  • Public articles on risk assessment and asset registers in Parish News
    • Consolidated into 1 article in CPALC features and Services
    • Content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • Increased ease of use on tablets and mobile devices

 

15-06-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Backup software (Yet again)
  • Upgraded content editor software
  • Module manager and extension manager

These upgrades have no impact on login or registration

 

08-06-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Forum software

This upgrade has no impact on login or registration

 

07-06-2016 Display

  • Fixed display of members icon menu in chrome browser
  • Fixed size of popup window on...
    • Profile help links
    • Forum help links
    • Registration help links
    • Login help links
    • Add an image or avatar

 

07-06-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Newsletter software

This upgrade has no impact on login or registration

 

31-05-2016 Content

  • Council complaints statistics moved to CPALC features and services
  • CiLCA Help & Mentoring moved to CPALC features and services
  • Content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • Increased ease of use on tablets and mobile devices

 

30-05-2016 Directory Headers and Content

  • All category header content layouts changed to bullet style for clarity
  • County and District Council content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • County Association of Local Councils content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • Increased ease of use on tablets and mobile devices

 

29-05-2016 Upgrade

  • Upgraded Backup software (Yet again) as failed when testing restore

This upgrade has no impact on login or registration

 

28-05-2016 Directory Upgrade

  • Upgraded Directory software

This upgrade has no impact on login or registration

 

26-05-2016 New Site Map Layout

  • Re laid out site map post software upgrade
  • This format is undergoing testing and may be changed

 

25-05-2016 Updates

  • Upgraded backup software (again)
  • Upgraded module manager (again)
  • Upgraded Document management software
  • Upgraded sitemap software

These upgrades have no impact on login or registration

 

24-05-2016 Updates

  • Upgraded backup software
  • Upgraded module manager
    • Neither upgrade impacts login or registration
  • Number of hits (reads) restored to Editorials and Members Blogs

 

23-05-2016 Newsletter Changes

  • 5 most read in last 30 days removed
  • No longer showed what was needed due to changes to caching, tags and ACL

 

23-05-2016 Neighbourhood Planning Consolidation

  • Articles about neighbourhood planning in the Parish news consolidated
  • New Neighbourhood planning article in CPALC features and services

 

20-05-2016 Guidelines for Directory Ratings Reviews and Replies

  • Content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • Increased ease of use on tablets and mobile devices

 

20-05-2016 Members Welcome page

  • New or updated "found in" now on separate row
  • Increased clarity on mobiles and tablets

 

18-05-2016 Managing Your Membership Profile or Account

  • Content layout changed to bullet style for clarity
  • Increased ease of use on tablets and mobile devices

 

16-05-2016 Using the Forum

  • Using the forum and
  • Using the forum Frequently Asked Questions

These articles have been updated and relaid out.

 

12-05-2016 Training and HealthChecks Updated

Training and HeathChecks have been updated

  • New direct access
  • Simplified menus
  • New shorter descriptions and instructions

 

12-05-2016 Updates in the public or guest area of the site

The following areas and content have been updated...

  • About Town, Parish and Local Councils
  • About Town, Parish and Local Councillors
  • About Town, Parish and Local Council Clerks
  • CPALC LOGIN Frequently Asked Questions

This is to comply with Google Webmaster content guidelines. Work is ongoing in other public and member areas.

 

10-05-2016 Closure of unused memberships

  • Memberships which have been unused (i.e. the site has not been visited by the member) for more than 12 months are being closed.
  • The initial emphasis is on those memberships last visited in 2012, 2013, 2014 together with those in 2015 where the profile contains reserved words.
  • This allows us to manage server disc space
  • Comply with email guidelines by not emailing inactive accounts

 

05-05-2016 Access changes in the public or guest area of the site

An Advanced (paid) subscription will be required to read the full articles in the following areas...

  • About Town, Parish and Local Councils
  • About Town, Parish and Local Councillors
  • About Town, Parish and Local Council Clerks

The introductions to the articles in these areas will continue to be free.

These changes are necessary to fund the high cost of hosting this website and compensate for the loss of advertising income due to ad-blocking software.

CPALC receives NO public funding being paid for by membership subscriptions.

 

23-01-2016 Layout, Login and Colour Changes

  • Minor layout and colour changes to the icon menus.
  • Access to login and register changed.
  • It must be stressed that there have NO changes to the underlying login or registration processes.

 

14-04-2015 Post site upgrade known issues

Following the major site upgrade there are some known problems...

1) The write review feature in the directory is still not working

2) Part of the upgrade was the complete upgrade of the document management system. This has a new URL structure which means that links in articles to documents are broken. Rather than delay bring the site back online after the upgrade these broken links will be fixed over coming weeks.

The new site has been extensively tested over the last 6 months should you encounter problems please ensure that you are using the latest version of your chosen browser.

Some very out of date browsers may result in your browser crashing. Should this happen the problem is with your browser not the site.

 

11-04-2015 Site Offline

The site will be off-line and unavailable from 5:00pm Saturday 11-04-2015 for between 3 to 5 days whilst a major planned upgrade is done.

Due to the nature of the work it is not possible to give a definitive end date and time for the work. During the work a site offline message will be shown. This message will be updated on a daily basis with the current status and hopefully an end date.

Post this work it is very important that you are using the latest version of your chosen browser. Failure to ensure this may mean that parts of the site will not work for you. Upgrading your browser is free.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to guests and members

 

21-03-2015 Site Offline

The site will be off-line and unavailable from 6:00pm Saturday 21-03-2015 for about 24 hours whilst planned maintenance is undertaken.

Due to the nature of the work the site off-line page may not be visible. Only a blank white page may be visible.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to guests and members

 

27-12-2014 Updating your browser

  • In the first quarter of 2015 we will be undertaking a major site upgrade.
  • The underlying technology of the web is constantly changing providing new features, performance and enhanced security.
  • After the site upgrade many of the sites features such as registration and login will no longer work for old browsers.
  • Already some features such as "Contact us" no longer work with out dated web browsers.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your browser is up to date. Upgrading your browser is free.

15-10- 2014 Automatically logging into the site

  • It had been planned to remove the old "Remember Me" login feature from the 1st December 2014 as part of a phased implementation prior to the next major site upgrade in Q1 2015
  • However due to recent occurrences of sharing of subscription membership login details this feature has been removed with immediate effect
  • Removing this feature significantly increases site security
  • We have striven to keep our subscription cost unchanged
  • Account sharing threatens our ability to fund future content and is unfair to those members who abide by our terms of use
  • Most modern browsers now have password management features inbuilt
  • In our opinion this is a much better way for users to login and control access to the members area of any website
  • We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause to some members. It is now down to you the user to choose how you manage your passwords

09-10- 2014 Site off-line overnight 10/11 October 2014

The site will be off-line from 9:00pm Friday 10th October until Midday Saturday 11th October 2014 for planned maintenance. Due to the nature of the work the exact time cannot be given.

There will be no off-line screen for much of the time just a plain white screen.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


03-10- 2014 Web Site Help

All of the website help is being restructured and where appropriate updated. This work is expected to take 2 to 3 months. We apologise for any inconvenience.


21-09-2014 IMPORTANT Managing your browser

  • There have been major updates to both Chrome and Firefox recently
  • These have been rapidly followed by a series of minor updates to fix bugs
  • Chrome appears to have cleared users cookies during the upgrade
  • This may mean that the “Remember me” login functionality may have been lost for those members who had permanent cookies enabled in their browsers
  • The trend away from setting user cookies may have influenced their decision to make this change
  • Modern browsers now have enhanced password and “Remember me” features
  • We have now disabled the remember me functionality on login
  • This feature only ever worked for members whose browsers were configured to allow permanent and not session cookies
  • If you are using an old browser this feature will continue to work until you update your browser or clear the browser's cache
  • This approach allows us to take a spread out this change over some months
  • We have had to do this as when we do the next major site upgrade in Q1 2015 this feature must be turned off and all users “Remember me”settings will be lost overnight
  • Please ensure that you have a record of your password and the email address shown in your member profile
  • For increased security whilst using the internet we suggest that you only have session cookies set in your browser and that the browser cache is set to clear when the browser is closed
  • Browsers may store some details of any site you visit for 30 days
  • This means that you may get incorrect 404 errors (Page not found) caused by your browser not the site you are visiting
  • Over the coming months we will be making significant changes to the site layout and navigation
  • This may mean that you get invalid 404 errors which will not occur or may be fixed if your browser and its cache are up to date
  • It is important for both security and your browsing experience that your browser is up to date and that the cache is cleared on a regular basis

Please note that all support for problems using the CPALC website, other than registration and login is now via the website support service. A link to which may be found at the foot of every page.


13-09-14 Login issues

We have checked login and registration in the latest releases of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome and there are no problems.

However both Firefox and Google have released major browser upgrades followed by a series of bug fixes for their browsers. Chrome became unstable until the latest patch was installed.

Please ensure...
1) That you have the very latest release of your browser
2) That you clear your browser's cache

Your browser should be set to clear the cache after each session. This is a much more secure method of browsing.


18-07-14 IMPORTANT: Site availability over the next 6 to 8 weeks July 2014

 The technologies underpinning the internet are constantly evolving. Equally the requirements of the major search engines change over time. The last major site upgrade was Christmas 2012. We are now in the run up to another major upgrade scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2015.

To prepare for this upgrade and to make some changes required by Google and Bing we are starting some of the preparatory work over the summer holidays. The summer holidays used to be a quiet time in the town and parish council sector this is no longer the case as we see constant member and public traffic.

There is no longer a time when the site is unused or unvisited. Consequently we are going to start work over the weekends for the next 6 to 8 weeks. Our hope is to minimise and limit any disruption to the week ends. What will this mean?

Much of the work will happen in the background and should not normally affect members or visitors.

However there may be short periods of 15 to 30 minutes when the site may be off-line. Whilst we undertake extensive testing on our in-house web servers before implementing on the production servers extensive testing still must be done on those servers. This means that some features may appear "unstable" for short periods.

It is important that you are using the most up-to-date version of your chosen browser as older browsers are in some cases incapable of using the new requirements of the internet.

Thank you for your support and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.