About The Website
Bright, isn't it?
After five years of the old template, it was time spruce up the place. The older software was coming to the end of its security patching December 2014. This new template Alasse by Joomlashack gives us a lot more options and will let us grow the website in coming years.
We were able to migrate all the content from the old site. Most of the menu items are the same as before, but in slightly different places. The layouts change with the size of your browser so you will be able to see this website easier on a tablet or smartphone. The printing is also larger. On big screens there is less wasted space.
If you see something that doesn't look right, just send me an email.
The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery website uses the Joomla content management system (CMS). The Joomla software manages the obituaries, news articles, and the menus. It generates the HTML code and is managed through a menu-based system. The template used throughout the system is JS Alasse, available at JoomlaShack.
The photos are managed with a web-based system, Google's PicasaWeb.
The Grave Search and Photo Search are a custom-written applications by the webmaster. They use the PHP language, XML calls and the MySQL database.
The host service is JustHost. JustHost provides the Linux server, Apache web server, MySQL database, Joomla and other free utilities through cPanel. We moved the website to JustHost in March 2011 and have experienced great customer support and better performance at a lower cost than our old provider. www.friendsofsilverbrook.org has been in operation since May 2007.
The dates displayed in the Grave Search follow the extended ISO 8601 format. Year-Month-Day (YYYY-MM-DD) makes it easy to sort by date if the date is treated like a string of characters. When we have just Year and Month, but no Day, the Day is represented by "00". If we have Year only, the Month and Day are represented by zeroes. Unknown dates can be either blank or "0000-00-00". The side effect of this standard is that unknown Month and Day will be sorted before January 1 of that year.
The first source for the Grave Search database was an Excel spreadsheet. Excel begins its dates in 1900. Full dates before 1900 were represented by text strings. Unknown month and days were sometimes represented by the first day of the month or of the year. Sometimes years were represented as a number.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's a way to read a lot of news stories quickly on the internet.
You will see little orange squares at the bottom of various pages on this website. The link can then be viewed in Internet Explorer "Favorites" under the tab "Feeds". Some email programs also have RSS news readers. As new stories are added, the your application is updated with the latest news titles. If you find an article of interest, click to read more.
It's just another way to keep up with what's happening at Silverbrook Cemetery!