Where is the rest of the site?

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The former Living Table website was, and I'm saying this in my best Minnesotan dialect, not too good. And what you see here is a minimalistic placeholder.

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Where is the rest of the site? Great question! Let me explain.

The former Living Table website was, and I’m saying this in my best Minnesotan dialect, not too good. It was wholly inaccessible to disabled website visitors, which goes against Living Table’s values and is illegal. It was hard to navigate, and it couldn’t even load as a secure (https) website, which is why in Summer 2021 some folks realized at vesper services that their phones simply refused to even let the Living Table website load at all for their bulletins, for security reasons. After working with Council, discussing the different people expected to visit this website and for what purposes, they decided to scrap that old website and create something new, accessible, and much more functional and future-oriented.

Importantly, as of April 2022, you are not seeing that new website, not exactly. What you are seeing is what I’m calling a minimalistic placeholder. It does all that your previous site did, but better. I will be working behind the scenes to develop the new website.

4/8/22 edit: In response to early comments, let me add some context to the process. There are many wonderful things about Living Table’s past, present, and future. Right now this is a functional placeholder website, and the substantive content is not here yet. First, I need to develop the complete website. Then, I need to get the church leadership to write the copy they want to share for all of that. The minimalistic placeholder site is just a short term website that (unlike your previous website): is Core Web Vitals (CWV) compliant, has the appropriate security so as to no longer be blocked by modern smartphones, is WCAG 2.0 accessible for people with disabilities (exceptions noted in Accessibility Statement that you now have), legal, and functional. Thanks for your patience. 🙂 You can use the comments below if you want to ask questions or leave comments.

November 2022 edit: In the process of redoing the website, from placeholder to full version, I had to manually bring the old posts into the new system, which did not exist until I created it. This meant some comments that were attached to old posts got lost in the process.* There were many thoughtful comments on this original post, and the gist of them were happy with the plans, and asking questions about what was not on the site already, and I believe my responses above capture the essence of that missing dialog. Peace. -ES

*For any geeks who may be reading this, the early posts prior to November 2022 were made with the regular post type method. I have built a custom blog system for the Living Table website using custom post types, custom fields, and dynamic query loops to populate stylized grids and containers dynamically and consistently. The result is that Living Table people now have a very simple form to fill out which produces a nicely formatted, fully accessible webpage every time. This took a fair amount of custom coding to bring to life (php mostly, some javascipt, obviously css), but the end result is valuable.

About Erika Sanborne

Erika Sanborne is the website developer and administrator for Living Table. In addition to web development, she produces digital graphics, videos, animated explainers, and portraiture work. Her other hats include: long-time math and psychological science educator, ordained UCC clergy, disabled veteran who is for peace, disability justice advocate, population health and disability policy researcher, and sociology PhD candidate.

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