Please Post Attachments to your own Website

Hastings Voluntary Action gets sent large email attachments on a fairly regular basis, in the hope that we will forward these to our contacts as publicity for meetings and events. If you send us attachments like this and you are part of a large organisation with its own website, then you’re getting it wrong.

The first thing you need to do is post your artwork on your own website, then get the unique address of the page you have created. Once you have done this, you can send us the link together with a few lines of supporting text, written to encourage people to click on the link.

Circulating a link – rather than a large attachment – means your information can be sent to people who don’t have broadband (because it won’t jam up their email system). Information sent to us like this can also feature on our newsfeed and be circulated further via social networking sites such as twitter, facebook, myspace and linked-in. It also points many more people directly to your own website, where you can tell them about many more things yourself.

If your part of a large organisation where it is still difficult to get things publicised using your own website, then that’s an internal thing which your organisation really needs to get sorted out.

We are happy to talk to you about the way we set up our website - where staff make pages and add attachments without needing to be web editors - but we can’t really offer you any more development support unless you are a voluntary organisation yourselves.  Eventually, its really about your own organisation modernising its approach to information dissemination and enabling staff to utilise the web in a slightly more modern way.