Finding information

Apart from browsing through the various menu options above you can find information in one of five ways:

1) Enter a search term or phrase in the Google Custom Search box situated above ‘Recent Posts’ to the right of every page.The Google Custom Search box  operates like a normal search conducted using the Google browser and will retrieve information in pdf documents such as our past Newsletters as well as content on our site pages and posts. This is the recommended search method 

2) Select a category from the drop down menu at the bottom of any web page. The adjacent figures indicate the number of items referenced by the category. Categories are predetermined subject terms chosen to represent the information content of the website. They are arranged in a hierarchy and can be likened to a contents list in a book. Information is assigned to one ‘chapter’ or ‘sub-heading’ as it is entered into the website. Their use enables the search query to be much more specific and increases the chances that the information will be relevant to the enquirer. Note that selecting a ‘chapter’ will also retrieve all information in its ‘sub-headings’; while selecting the ‘sub-heading’ will only find information categorised in that way.

3) Select an index tag from those shown at the bottom of any web page. The more used (popular) tags appear larger. Tags are like an index to a book, but are not arranged in a hierarchy. Tag terms (one or more as appropriate) are added to or selected from the existing list, to ‘tag’ newly entered information and enhance the chances of  relevant information being retrieved. Thus ‘Westhampnett’ is a tag which helps identify an area. It is not a term that would be used as a category.

4) You can use the search box which is situated to the right of the menu options above (click on the magnifying glass to make your entry) This method is not recommended for searching as it will, for example, not find content in PDF documents such as our past Newsletters.

5) Finally you can browse the site map which is a model of a website’s content designed to help both users and search engines navigate the site.