This particular version of our rebuilt web site was published on February 6, 2017 - starting out with pretty much of a "Bare Bones" approach to content so we could get it published using a new stand-alone software program. We hope to post photos and more comprehensive information for our members as we slowly build it out with our new web editing program - WebSite X5 Professional. This website really takes the place of a monthly Base Newsletter - so let us know if you have anything you would like to see posted here.
The new web page header is a graphic image of the 3' x 8' Base Brow Skirt (i.e. Banner) we purchased and which was used for the first time at the 2016 Field Day of the Past.
We'll be adding additional menu "buttons" for new pages and sections as we build the new web site out and will be sending e-mail announcements with every new addition.
This new web site renders better on large screen PC's and tablets (i.e. Kenn's iPad Air 2), but not so much on small screen devices (i.e. Kenn's iPhone 6+). We have been working through this issue, and currently devices with smaller screens (Resolution less than 960px) will display pages without the header information at the top of the page and the floating menu buttons on the left side of the page. Menu's for smaller screen displays are accessed by clicking on the three line icon at the top right side of the page. NOTE: When using a smaller screen device, i.e. less than 7", you may have to scroll certain elements on various pages; PLUS it's always best to use a small screen device in landscape orientation instead of portrait.
Be sure to let us know if you bump into something that isn't working - or if you have suggestions. Send an e-mail to Kenn McDermott and/or Bob Kutzenberger by clicking on their names below.
Scroll down to read more about the evolving history of our USSVB Web Site!
The first USSVB web site was created during the "blizzard of '03" when the Webmaster was snowed in - which would be Feb 15-18, 2003. This initial site was a sub-web of Kenn's personal domain www.pewterguy.com with the address "www.pewterguy.com/virginiabase". As with all web sites it has been under development for quite a while, and will be for the foreseeable future, because all web sites are dynamic in nature and ever changing.
On March 7, 2003 the domain name "www.virginiabase.org" was purchased and the site was transferred to that domain on March 10, 2003, hosted on a Burlee.com server. Initially the Webmaster put an automatic "Redirect" on the old address (www.pewterguy.com/virginiabase - a subset of Kenn's personal domain), but it was taken down soon after since everyone quickly became familiar with the new address. HOWEVER, - Over the weekend of September 6-7, 2003 yet another domain name was purchased to more accurately reflect the true name of our USSVI Base in accordance with our Charter - which is "www.ussvirginiabase.org". At that time our hosting service (Interland, which purchased Burlee) was 'listening' on both domains (virginiabase.org and ussvirginiabase.org) but when our first domain name expired the web existed on only the newer domain.
On March 22, 2003 the Webmaster changed the base colors of the theme to better match the blue and gold colors on the USS Virginia Seal and then that site blew up on the server and it had to be rebuilt. Getting the colors back was a Webmaster project that never really got resolved on that iteration of the site.
Kenn originally built all of his web sites using the Microsoft FrontPage web editing program. However, Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, discontinued support of that program and so Kenn shifted to another Microsoft program - Expression Web 4. That was no where near as slick as FrontPage, so Kenn shifted to the free on-line editor our web hosting service (now web.com) provided. The move away from the web.com on-line editor took some time because Bob K. and Kenn evaluated a number of web edited programs before settling on WebSite X5 Profressional - currently on version 13.
NOTE ON COSTS: Kenn & Bob have shared the costs for the new stand-alone web editing program WebSite X5 Profesional and have not passed those on to the Base. However, the Base has funded the purchase of the domain names and a hosting service. Kenn McDermott and member Michael Beaver agreed to split the initial costs, and we initially purchased the domain name "virginiabase" from Network Solutions for a three-year period at $25.00 per year for a total of $75.00. Then we purchased web hosting services from Burlee.com for one year at $155.40 ($12.95 per month) with a one-time setup fee of $39.95. And then in September we purchased ussvirginiabase.org for three years at $25 per year for another total of $75 - plus $9.95 to point to both domains. Kenn got the annual plan changed from $155.40 to $107.40 annually on January 14, 2011. We'll always try to get the best price for our Base!
Currently the domain name is renewed every three years, but the hosting service fee is an annual expense. Members who would like to contribute financially to help defer these costs for our web site should send a check to our Treasurer marked for "Web Site Fund". Any amount may be contributed as often as desired. Kenn is billed directly for both of these costs and he then sends the Treasurer the invoices for reimbursement (i.e. the triannual cost of the domain name and the annual cost of the hosting service). Kenn does not charge the Base for his Webmaster services.
Your cooperation and support of this web site is appreciated.