How to use our new website

We are pleased to announce that we have a new RSPB Sheffield website as a home for all our news, information on upcoming events and trip reports. The new website has a new address (https://group.rspb.org.uk/sheffield) but, for the time being at least, you should still be able to reach it via our previous website address (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/sheffield).

We have tried hard to make the layout of our new site as intuitive as possible but some sections of the website have changed and may initially take some getting used to. So, below are some tips for using the new website.

It’s worth pointing out that, due to the demise of the server hosting our previous website, we have had to launch this new website considerably earlier than we would have otherwise done. So please accept it as a work in progress which will be developed further over time.

Getting used to the new structure

The navigation bar along the top of the page has changed and there are no longer direct links to Events or Trip Reports.

Instead, you can find links to information about our next indoor meeting, local walk and coach trip on the home page directly below the Welcome text. Information on future talks, walks and trips can be found in the News section below this by clicking on the blue ‘See all news’ button. Information on indoor meetings, walks and trips is now listed separately, with general information (e.g. meeting places and times, prices, etc) given at the top of each, rather than being repeated for each individual trip as used to be the case with our old website.

In the News section you will also find news items organised into categories using tags including local group news, local area news, national news and international news. Additional categories may be added as the site develops.

Our recent trip reports can now be found in the Blog section. To reach these, click on the blue ‘See all blogs’ button and then the grey ‘Trip reports’ tag. Also in the Blog section you will find articles written by group members on wildlife they have seen and places they have been. Please feel free to contribute your own – along with a photo if you can provide one.

If you find it hard to understand the difference between what constitutes News items and what constitutes Blog items, you may find it helpful to think that (for the purpose of this website at least), the former are generally things happening currently or in the future whereas the latter are things that have already happened.

What was previously called ‘Places to see birds’ has now become ‘Local wild places’. The main ‘Local wild places’ page has a map from which you can select the place in which you are interested (Tip – initially the map shows rather a large area with all the pins crowded together so use the + key to zoom in a bit so that they become easier to separate). Alternatively, you can scroll down the site list beneath. You can also search for specific habitat types using the grey buttons under ‘Browse by category’.

There are no longer ‘Contact us’ or ‘Join us’ options on the top menu. Instead you will find a link to our contact form at the bottom of the ‘About us’ page. For information about joining the group, click on the ‘Join the RSPB Sheffield local group’ button in the centre of the homepage or go direct to the ‘Get involved’ page where you will find a link to an online form to apply for membership.

New features

Urgent news, such as a change to an event, can now be communicated via a site-wide announcement which appears near the top of every page.

Excitingly, we can now upload multiple photos alongside our news, events and trip reports, rather than just one! This means that future posts should look more visually appealing.

You can help too, as visitors to the site can upload photos related to the individual ‘local wild places’ by clicking on the ‘Send photos’ button at the bottom of each local wildlife site page, filling in a form and uploading a photo. Over time, this should enable us to build up a gallery for each ‘local wild place’ and for the site overall.

Individual sites now all have a map showing their location as well as a postcode and a What3Words location. For advice on how best to use these, read the text on the main ‘Local wild places’ page.

There is now a prominent link to our Facebook page in the form of a little ‘f’ icon in the top right corner and at the bottom of nearly every page. If you follow the link, our social media pages provide extra content such as photos and videos and updates from like-minded organisations or individuals that may not make it to the website. Just follow us to keep up to date.

Finally, there is a site wide search (indicated by a magnifying glass icon on the top menu) so you could try this if you are looking for something specific.

Hopefully this will be enough to get you started and we look forward to seeing you on the new website! If you have any questions, ideas or photos, please contact us – it is your website, so help us to make it into what you need.