Website and IT Report 2018

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The website has declined slightly in unique visitors per month at around 1600 unique IP addresses per month (was 1800 in 2017). The engagement on the website has dropped with 1 comment from the community compared to 17 comments in 2017. The five most viewed pages averaged over the whole year are the home page followed by the the old website home page, contact us, website setup and exploring faith category. From the Google search engined at least five click-throughs a month on "brougham place uniting church". 60% viewers via Google use tablets or mobile devices to view the website and Google is our main (85%) source of visitors via search engines (Bing 3% and Sogou 1.5% each). Direct visitors came from Wedding SA and Facebook.

The hall computers continue to be appreciated by Bari School scholars and occasionally the children after morning worship. As at 2 February 2019 the spare computers take up about 1.2 cubic meters of space in the Southern tank room, down from 1.4 at the same time last year.

Other activities completed in 2018 include:

  • Further development of a Facebook page for BPUC (; currently 144 likes (134 last year). Some Christmas events were advertised (paid) on Facebook.
  • Continuing support for Office Staff and Sukulu na Bari.
  • Continuing production of paperless order of services.
  • Emergency replacement of the failed Commander with an interim IP PABX
  • Conversion of web sites to use https (secure connection)
  • Consolidation into website address

Plans for 2019 (mostly rolled over from 2018) include:

  • Ducting for cabling for downstairs offices at least as far as Sukulu na Bari.
  • Merge old wiki into current website and remove old infrastructure
  • Move to a more permanent Asterisk IP PABX and VOIP phones
  • Migration from Dropbox to Sharepoint
  • 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 (Feb 2019) and faster internal network to offices and Bari room (waiting on cabling)

Alex Sims
IT Co-ordinator