The All New Website

The All New Website

23/01/2017

Over the last couple of months the Arvod site has been completely redesigned.  After this huge effort the site now looks and functions more or less exactly as it did before. You might reasonably wonder why we bothered.  We'll explain.Today, most of the traffic on the Internet is not real people browsing websites. Automated programmes, known as 'bots', trawl the net.  Most of these bots are largely parasitical or downright malicious.  They range from search engine bots, endlessly indexing the web for their own purposes, to criminal attempts to hack: steal passwords, data, or content.  Arvod was designed using the popular content management system, 'Wordpress'.  Because WordPress is such a popular system, it is an obvious target for the bad bots.  Worse, because CMS websites are designed with an inbuilt vulnerability of interactive code on the server they are particularly vulnerable.  And for some reason, CMS sites that reference pornography are doubly popular with hackers.  The result was that we were spending unreasonable amounts of time and resources defending the site from such attacks.  Our solution was to convert Arvod to a static html site.  With the help of an enormously clever programme we were able to do this without changing the look or functioning of the site.  Without a CMS database and php code there is simply far less to hack, so we can concentrate on the content and leave the criminals to waste their time attempting to hack into a 'back-end' that no longer exists.  Arvod is now more secure and faster, while retaining the same look and responsive design.There have, however, been some minor changes.  The Member's section now has a different landing page, while the News section is now accessible only from the public area. We have introduced an alphabetical post list.  Now you can navigate by the latest post, by posts in order of posting from the beginning, or by posts listed alphabetically.  We have retained the transparent structure of an open public site that mirrors the members area.  You can see clearly what is in the Member's area before you sign up.  And we have introduced a new pricing structure.  You can buy a one month trial subscription for only €4.50.  Subscribe bi-monthly for €9.00.  Or take out an annual subscription for €36.00 at a discount of 33%.  We remain committed to an affordable subscription and good value.Since November Arvod has also been available at arvod.net.  This has functioned as a mirror site during the redevelopment.  Any member who subscribed to the .net site during this period is automatically also a member of the .com site.  In the future arvod.net may go off-line, or may diverge, as we develop new functionality.

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