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Society for Natural Sciences

Above: A wide-screen view of the home page of the Society for Natural Sciences (taken February 2022).

Having built a small number of custom sites for learned societies, the Society for Natural Sciences was our first ‘off the peg’ society website. It had been requested following our work for the UKSB, a society with which it shares a number of active officers, so shares a common design, though the WordPress block editing system has allowed the two sites to develop some individuallity.

Again the site is based on the popular WordPress content managment system, which allows the society to add and change content both for public consumption, and within its private ‘members only’ area. A custom suite of plugins allows the society to manage its membership, who can pay their subscriptions online through the site, and are sent automated reminders to do so each year. The membership database integrates with the ALO Newsletter plugin, allowing the society to send newsletters to its membership, keeping them informed about events within the Society.

WordPress Security for members data

Generally WordPress sites are subject to a lot of unwanted attention from hackers, and so we include a number of features to protect member’s data. These include hiding the login page, and blocking attacker’s IP addresses after a couple of failed login attempts. More recently we have added 2-part authentication as an option for all administrator logins. The expectation is that this will provide some security even if an administrator’s password is compromised, though we strongly recommend that societys continue to enforce strong passwords for all administrators!