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The Competition website is a companion to the chapter's main website at https://wdcb.stcwdc.org. The website is a CMS and contains competition information, forms, awards, and winners lists from 2012 to the present. The Competition site was started in January 2016. Companion sites are
Do I Need to Register?
Registration is not required to use this site.
The site was initiated, designed, and coded by Cynthia A. Lockley. The website is maintained by the Website Team Committee.
Website Team Committee Manager job description.
Site Accounts Owner / Manager: Cynthia A. Lockley
Volunteers with HTML5, PHP7, CSS2 / CSS3, and WordPress.org experience are welcome to join the team.
Contributors, Authors, and Guest Authors are encouraged to participate in the Events & News website.
Site Design and History
As of January 2016, the chapter's website uses the accessibility-designed Aaron theme with WordPress 4.9.8+, HTML5, CSS3, and PHP7+. The site is accessible for all users. With suggestions from chapter members and others, the content of the site enhances the Society's stc.org website by containing information about technical communication and how to be a technical communicator. It encompasses some educational, instructional, and career guidance material that is not always found on other chapter websites. The entire site includes three WordPress CMS websites: the main site (WDCB), Competition, and Jobs Board; one WordPress blogging-format Events & News website.; a flat-file archives site; and a WordPress blogging-format Development site for testing plugins and changes before using them in the production sites. Site awards are listed on the Site Awards page.
History of How We Got Where We Are
in 2006, a separate Jobs Board site was created with WordPress in a subdomain of the website with the use of the WPJobBoard plugin. This allowed job seekers and employers to self-maintain their resumes and job announcements.
In 2007, when chapter members wanted more interaction with the website and the ability to post articles, a WordPress blog was added to another subdomain of the website. A site manager was appointed to the blog who registered chapter members as authors or contributors. A handful of people wrote articles for the blog in the first years. Most of these posts did not generate comments so the amount of excited participation and interaction was much lower than expected. Most new authors wrote one article only. To facilitate more contributions, two forms were added to the website for people who did not want to register on the site: a form to submit an event and a form to submit an article. The input was sent to the site manager and the social media manager for review, edits, approval, and posting. We got one book report out of it.
In 2009, the two WordPress subdomains broke out into standalone WordPress websites. One used the WPJobBoard plugin that ran a Jobs Board that employers and chapter job seekers could interact with and maintain resumes and job announcements for free. A second WordPress website, using the same theme, used a WordPress plugin, The Events Calendar, that provided an events calendar and ways to announce events. The blog was deactivated and combined with the events WordPress website for concurrent posts and comments about Events & News. The two forms for users to contribute to the Events & News website are under the "About the Events Site" navigation menu, in a menu item, "Contribute to Events & News". However, they are not widely publicized.
Our Jobs Board was free for Washington, DC metropolitan area job seekers and employers but by 2013, chapter members stopped using the Jobs Board website to post their resumes and employers stopped posting job announcements to it. STC wanted all chapters to direct people to the Society's Careers website, which charges employers to post job announcements. The self-maintaining board was converted to a page of RSS feeds from various employment services and a page of additional local and national employment resources in an effort to supply some employment information to chapter members.
During 2013-2014, the website was converted to an all WordPress platform with each separate website using the Twenty-Eleven theme designed to have the same look and feel of a unified site transparent to the user. This involved a major restructuring of the website and converting all Unix server-side includes to PHP includes, converting XHTML to HTML5, and updating CSS2 to CSS3. The chapter's large competition information was broken out into its own WordPress CMS website. Other parts of the old flat-file site were archived
- Newsletter issues (made obsolete by the Events & News website)
- Past chapter events (1994-2012); detailed event directions, maps, and parking information
- Available competition winners lists from the three communication competitions we held:
- Austin T. Brown high school technical writing scholarship (1962-2009).
- Shirley G. Carter college student essay awards (1991-2009).
- The professional technical communication competitions (1968-2012).
The Archives pages were not converted to WordPress and are .shtml flat files. The past events information is useful to event planners to review what has been done and may be of interest for future events.
Accessibility Design and Features
The Accessibility Design and Features page describes the Document Type Designation (DTD), navigation, fonts, style sheets, colors, Web conventions, and other items used to make this site an enjoyable and useful experience for everyone. The following information is provided on the Accessibility Features page.
Chapter and STC Logo Graphics
See the Chapter and STC Logo Graphics page on the main site for a variety of graphics you can use for adding links back to the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter pages in your site.
Operating Expenses Fundraising
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