There are now several hosting options open to WBCCI Units to enable them to have a presence on the web. One is through WBCCI. Another is Airforums.com. Also several WBCCI regions host websites for the Units in their particular region. There are also some Unit websites that are hosted by members of the Unit. Depending on how things are set up the Unit web address may include the name of the host site. Region 12 Unit websites are a good example of this. The URL for many region 12 websites look like this http://wbcci12.org/unit name/
The SNU website is one that is hosted by long time members. They provide a section of their website for use by the SNU. Thus the URL for the Sierra Nevada Unit website includes the hosting site name as well as the unit initials. This means the URL for the SNU web presence is http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/
When referring to any Unit website it is important to make sure the link is complete and accurate. For instance it is important to make sure that the link goes directly to the Unit home page and not the home page of the hosting site.
The SNU website has benefited from being a test bed of ideas and technology for the hosts of the site. As a result the SNU has one of the most complete and informative websites of any WBCCI Unit. It has also been in the forefront in it's use of interactive internet capabilities. The SNU has been one of the first, and still one of the few Units to offer on-line membership and dues renewal, on-line payment systems for dues and rallies, an interactive events calendar, a subscription system for news and information and the use of on-line survey and information gathering tools. Another element of the SNU website that was planned intentionally was the use of open source software. There are three primary advantages of using open source software. One, the SNU did not have to invest money in expensive and proprietary software. The management and maintenance of the content of the site require minimal proficiency with computers and web development. Also the content of the website can be easily transferred to other hosting sources if the SNU chooses, without loosing information or with any timely or costly effort. The SNU has also benefited from its host site through it's association with all the wide ranging RV related information found on other sections of the host website.
Over the past five years it is clear that the SNU
website, by offering members and visitors a complete and up to date
picture of what the SNU is all about has aided in the growth of the
Unit. As technologies and ideas evolve, the SNU website evolves.
Suggestions and feedback from SNU members are an important part of
the websites development. So if you haven't visited lately, check out
your Unit's website. http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/ Discover
the SNU's history as well as the how's and why's of it's operations
and it's plans for the future. Share your suggestions and ideas.
Check the Op Notes to learn more about the SNU and how it functions.
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