Website technical details

This website is designed and hosted with open-source and non-proprietary software, based on Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP and javascript. It is maintained by Ian Hodge and a host of helpers.

The website, database and email systems are all hosted on a fully managed, dedicated linux server by United Hosting. They're not the cheapest but their service levels and support are second to none.

Most of the informational content is stored and maintained in an excellent content management system Beekeeper which was supplied and customised for us by the friendly team at Fat Beehive. Beekeeper also provides us with our online news and club mailing list facilities. Beekeeper utilises PHP, MariaDB and javascript. The membership database, results database, events planner, and MyEvents systems are all developed and maintained by Serpentine members, also with PHP, MariaDB and javascript.

We aim to make everything on this website fully compliant with modern standards. Most pages should validate as XHTML1.0 Strict with CSS2.1 although we are aware of one or two tags which are still XHTML1.0 Transitional which we are working to remove. Updates to use HTML5 and CSS3 are being planned.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict Valid CSS