The Edinburg Historical Society website is now using WordPress and is hosted at WordPress.com. All the content from our previous website has been copied over to pages on this website. We hope to be adding more content and creating new ways for more people to participate in the Society’s mission using WordPress and other web technologies. We are now using a new domain (“EdinburgHistoricalSociety.org”) which is a bit easier to remember than the previous one (“edinburg-hist-soc.org”). Thanks go to Marilyn Sargent and Paul Fernhout for registering the new domain name and exploring other options (including Google Apps for Non-profits) for the main internet presence for the society. We also explored using Omeka, Drupal, Joomla, and other custom options. We ultimately settled on WordPress for ease of use, especially by people with limited technical skills. We chose WordPress.com as a host because, within their limits regarding third-party plugins, they provide reliable hosting for WordPress with continuous security updates without much need for us to worry about related maintenance.
Previously, we had a static website at “edinburg-hist-soc.org” for the past dozen years. The history of that site can be found at Archive.org. That “edinburg-hist-soc.org” domain has been redirected to this one, and that DNS change should propagate globally across the internet over the next few days.
Here is a screenshot of the index page from the previous website:
That site had been created by our previous curator, Leslie Sittner. We would like to thank Leslie for all her efforts creating and maintaining the Society’s website over the years, especially all the hard work involved in scanning and cleaning up the various historic pictures you can see on this site. Thanks also to the local-to-us website provider, Mountain Media, who hosted it for all those years — especially Matthew Sawyer for responding to our support needs there, for handling the handover of that site to Paul when Leslie moved on to other things a few years ago, and also for cooperating with changes to the “edinburg-hist-soc.org” domain name administration so it could point to this new site.