Website and IT Report 2017

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The website, has remained steady in unique visitors per month at around 1800 unique IP addresses per month. The engagement on the website has increased with 17 comments from the community compared to 5 comments in 2016. The five most viewed pages averaged over the whole year are the home page followed by the the old website home page, contact us, exploring faith category and Reconciliation SA (same as last year). The website is position in the first five entries for searches on Google and at least five click-throughs a month on "brougham place uniting church". Other search terms used include "bpuc", "brougham place", "brougham place adelaide", "brougham place north adelaide", "brougham place uniting church north adelaide" and "rev john hughes". Half of viewers via Google use tablets of mobile devices to view the website and Google is our main (85%) source of visitors via search engines (Yandex and Bing 5% each). Direct visitors came from Wedding SA and Facebook.

The hall computers continue to be appreciated by children after morning worship as well as Bari School scholars. As at 28 January 2018 the spare computers take up about 1.4 cubic meters of space in the Southern tank room, down from 1.6 at the same time last year.

Other activities completed in 2017 include:

  • Further development of a Facebook page for BPUC (; currently 134 likes (128 last year) and 403 checkins (338 last year).
  • Move email to Office 365 (Exchange online) funded through Microsoft's non-profits programme.
  • Continuing support for Office Staff and Sukulu na Bari.

Plans for 2018 (mostly rolled over from 2017) include:

  • Ducting for cabling for downstairs offices at least as far as Sukulu na Bari.
  • Move to IP PABX instead of Commander
  • Migration from Dropbox to Sharepoint
  • Conversion of web sites to use https (secure connection)
  • Consolidation into or, pick one!
  • Logging of computer usage with a view to reducing numbers
  • Tracking paper order of service demands to better match production with usage.
  • Better reporting of photocopier usage for billing
  • Better network documentation and computer labelling (larger print!)
  • Ongoing reduction in the amount of unused equipment stored
  • Progress towards automated rather than manual backup of all computers
  • Exploration of other social media platforms
  • NBN connection and faster internal network to offices and Bari room

Alex Sims
IT Co-ordinator