|How long has SAMOA maintained a web site?
Our web site was originally established and maintained by former clubmember Larry Schnetz. The site was first brought online in 1995. It was subsequently
maintained by Hugo Schmidt from late 1996 until October 2006. In late 2006 Ron Petrich became Webmaster and thoroughly redesigned the site, which went live
on January 1, 2007.
The site's original address was www.samoa.org. During Hugo's tenure as Webmaster the site was an award winner at the California State Fair competition for
non-profit, non-commercial sites.
Who hosts the website, and is the site secure?
The site is hosted by Aabaco Small Business. Aabaco sites have historically been up and running 99.9% of the time, and are backed up in several different
geographic locations, so our site can remain active in an emergency. The site runs on a Unix operating system and Apache servers, and is password protected. The
site employs shared SSL certificates and encryption to protect users and site visitors from hackers. We do not employ cookies for site visits.
Additional user name and revolving password protection is employed to restrict the detailed member roster access to club members only.
How do I navigate your website?
The site has been optimized for Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, and also runs well under Mozilla FireFox. Other web browsers may also be used, but navigation and
layout may be compromised. The following represents navigation using Internet Explorer.
The site's home page and twelve main pages (Welcome, Events, Members, Newsletter, Forum, Pictures, Drives, Guestbook, Classified, Buy Stuff, Tech Talk,
Weblinks, Contact) can be accessed by a horizontal menu at the top of each page. These 12 pages open in the same (replacement) window. To return to the
home page or go to another page, simply click on that page in the menu. Other pages generally open in a new window, and a menu will not be present. To
return to the original page, click the X in the upper right corner of your browser to close that window. Online forms have limited menus, to return to either the
site's home page or the previous page visited, in case the form is not completed.
Most weblinks on the site are underlined and in a unique color. However links may also be represented by pictures and other images. Centering your mouse over
image links will produce the appropriate mouse pointer for a link.
The contents of the 12 pages are summarized as follows:
How do I post information about a new event, or add/modify information about a previously scheduled event?
Fill out the online event form and your information will be immediately forwarded to our Events Coordinator and Webmaster. Your new event or changes to an
existing event will then shortly be posted to the web site.
How do I post a comment on the SAMOA Guestbook?
Complete the interactive comment form. The Webmaster will then post your comments.
I would like to place a classified ad on your website. How do I do this?
Ads are free and will remain live for up to 6 months, or until you inform us to delete your ad. Fill out the interactive form. You may upload up to 4 images with your
ad, however each image is limited in size to 150Kb each.
I am a member. How do I view the current issue of MiataTudes or view the SAMOA detailed roster?
You can find the link to this information in 2 locations - on the SAMOA Home page and also on the Members page. You will be required to furnish your user ID and
the current password. Both files are in PDF format (requires Adobe Reader) and may be downloaded to your computer or printed locally.
I would like to write an article for the newsletter. How do I proceed?
Send all copy in MS Word format via email to the newsletter editor at least 3 days prior to the end of the month, for inclusion in the next month's newsletter.
You may also submit as many images as you wish, but please include them as attachments to your email (as opposed to embedding them in the copy). You will
receive confirmation via return email that the article(s) has been received.
How do I submit a technical article for the Tech Talk page?
As with newsletter submissions above, send these articles to our Technical Director in the same format for both text and images.
Where do I direct general questions about your website?
Email the Webmaster.
|Welcome provides a written and video greeting from our President.
Events is a summary of future and past events, links to pages to help you run an event, a description of event types, and our event calendar.
Members lists our roster names, instructions on how to join the club, and describes membership benefits. A link to the Member's Only page is also provided.
The Newsletter page provides access to all past (other than current month) newsletters on file.
Pictures are available online from many past events dating back to 2004.
The Drives page highlights details and routes of many exciting drives near Sacramento.
Our Guestbook feature allows site visitors to leave a comment, just say hello, or provide a suggestion for site improvements.
Members and other enthusiasts are invited to place Miata-related ads on our Classified page.
The Gallery is a page which includes photos and descriptions of SAMOA members' Miatas.
Tech Talk provides short articles (or links to same) of technical interest, from our members or others.
Weblinks contains links to other Miata club websites, certain vendors, and other sites of interest.
The Contact page lists BOO contact information, a link to our BOO and monthly meeting minutes, and information about leading an event.