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Friday, 4 September 2009

New Website for Chester & District

Hi all,

The new look league website is now available at

I have moved this site to a new host as the site now uses php and mysql in some of the pages. The benefits of this I'll explain below.

The site design is similar to how the site looked 2 years ago, but this does not use frames.
The results pages from Division 1, 2 etc pull results from a single database. Click on All Results to see all fixtures including KO. I have included a "test result" mostly featuring members of the committee to show how it would look when the results come in. This result will soon be removed.

I will be able to update the site through a form, as opposed to having to upload a new page every time I have new results. Back on the main page, the 'Last Updated' date is directly linked to the results database, so when this is updated the time will change (note this is in US Eastern Time so you'll need to mentally add 5 hours to the time given)

Click on 'Clubs' - This is an at a glance look at all clubs. Where I've got an email address, I've not included a phone number. If you would like a number/email address added/removed let me know. The idea was for this page to be useful for visitors to the site who may be looking for a club.

You can see the individual club page by clicking on the club name. You'll notice the links on the side bar have changed. This is very much like the individual club pages I introduced last year, with one major improvement. The results section pulls from the main results database so when a result appears in say division 1, it'll appear on your club page too. This might benefit the welsh grades who can get results from Wrexham or Colwyn Bay pages.

The current players list is actually just players who played last season. I'll be updating this during the season.

The other pages are pretty much as they were.

Back on the home page you'll see 'Latest News' - The idea was for me to come up with some interesting headlines. We'll see how that goes!

Stats for last season are available as are the minutes. See the links at the top.

For those with low screen resolutions, there is a mostly finished small version of the site at http://www.cdl-chess.co.uk/small/


Steve Lloyd
Grading Officer

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