The USS HADDO Base out of Cleveland, TN, leads the way as the very first USSVI Base to move their base website to coldwarboats.org.
Tom Harriman, their Cold War Boats Site Lead and Base Webmaster, and I started talking about the possibilities about a month ago, and after much discussion, a few sea stories, and careful consideration we decided that hosting base websites would be a good thing for both the USSVI and the Cold War Boats Association.
Among the advantages:
The burden of site design, security, privacy, redundancy, and back up is lifted from the shoulders of the Base Webmaster, and incorporated under the umbrella of the existing Cold War Boats website, allowing total focus on content, rather than design and functionality.
Each Base hosting will enjoy modern site design, with state of the art appearance, customizable with base-related photographs, that is responsive to the device on which it is viewed (mobile devices to be included soon), with robust security and privacy management not previously experienced.
The cost of maintaining a web presence for Bases is reduced in most cases, and the benefits to the Bases increase dramatically.
Base-related content will be able to be managed and updated by the CWB Site Lead/Base Webmaster, and Base Officers will have private access to a Base Admin section for budgeting, accounting, and correspondence management.
Features available to each Base through the standard suite of coldwarboats.org tools already available include private messaging and email to all Base members (as well as other registered CWB users, if desired), newsletter generation, meeting minutes and newsletter archiving, a Base calendar linked with reunion events from the CWB reunion management, member lists for general membership, officers, Holland Club, and Eternal Patrol, a fully functional Ship’s Store for the Base Storekeeper, a Base Library, access to your base’s own social media forum, the Crow & Anchors, the COB’s Corner, and much more, including the USSVI’s raison d’être, Lost Boats, organized be month of loss.
The response from USS HADDO Base to our proposal was overwhelmingly positive, and we were given the go-ahead for the transition.
The template for the USS HADDO Base is 90% complete, and we will be looking to go live and shut down the old Base website in the next week or two.
You can explore the site now at this link: Cold War Boats >> HOMEPORT >> SOCIAL ACTIVITY >> USSVI BASES >> TENNESSEE >> USS HADDO BASE, as well as usshaddobase.coldwarboats.org, or haddobase.coldwarboats.org.
When the transition to the new site is complete, it will be accessed through the the old site URL www.haddobase.org, as well as those previously mentioned.
The Cold War Boats Association is not affiliated with the United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated (USSVI).
Logos, trademarks, the name "United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated", and the acronym "USSVI" remain the property of United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated, and are used here solely as a courtesy to USSVI and USSVI Bases that host their USSVI Base websites on www.coldwarboats.org.