The Estates of Brentwood HOA website was started by Rich Siegmund and you can view an archive of that website by clicking here. In 2012, the original web hosting we used, Windows Live, was phased out by Microsoft causing us to search for a new website host.
In 2012, Chris Jones volunteered to take on webmaster responsibilities. Chris moved to the neighborhood in May 2012 and had previous webmaster experience from his former neighborhood association, North Shoal Creek NA.
Here are some facts about our current website:
The Estates of Brentwood website is hosted by Dreamhost. This costs us $120 per year.
We also pay an annual registration fee of $10 for the estatesofbrentwood.org domain.
The website is powered by WordPress software which is an open source project and free to use.
WordPress has many plugins that give us additional features. We list the current plugins in use and their main purpose below.
Protects the site from comment spam
All In One SEO Pack
Helps improve our search engine results so our website is found easily
This software adds the discussion forum to our website
Comprehensive Google Map Plugin
Allows us to easily add Google maps into pages and posts
Gives the ability to configure and send email from within WordPress
Exclude Pages from Navigation
Allows us to exclude pages from the top navigation pulldown menus
Google Analytics Dashboard
Integrates Google Analytics into the WordPress Dashboard for admin use
Google Analytics for WordPress
Adds Google Analytics for website traffic analysis
Google Analytics Top Content Widget
Adds ability to show Google Analytics data on website pages
Google Doc Embedder
Allows us to embed documents into a website page for easy viewing
Google XML Sitemaps
Generates an XML formatted sitemap to improve search engine indexing
Helps keep WordPress software and plugins up to date to improve security
Adds security to the WordPress login to help keep hackers out
Controls roles and access permissions of WordPress users
Social Media Widget
Adds links to social media and sharing site profiles
Improves the posting editor to make it easier to post messages
User Meta Pro
Adds user management functions including user registration and email account verification
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Backs up our website to our Dropbox account on a weekly basis
WordPress File Monitor Plus
Monitors all website files and reports any file changes to admins
Adds a poll system for voting on topics of interest
WP Super Cache
Improves the load speed of the website
WP to Twitter
Automatically posts news items to our twitter feed
Formats site to accommodate mobile device screens
Adds ability to add weather forecasts to posts and pages.