Last Updated January 11, 2020
Three organizations were given 2020 free access to the enhanced listing because of their financial support in 2019. Data entry continues with minor customized code adjustments. We have begun outreach to environmental organizations. View Parks Directory and Things To Do Directory.
With Metalocator we found a promising alternative. Though not intended as a complete promotional directory solution, sound technical support, and navigating through code customization was possible. There were many times, as we again reached 85% completion, that each found flaw would doom our efforts. By December, 95% completion, as the need for customized coding lessened, and the focus shifted to data entry, and pricing plan options. Quality Parks paid for a 1 year Metalocator fee. Jane Fasullo (Long Island Sierra Club Group) contributed her hike planning file which lists over 100 park and natural areas on Long Island. Mindy Block is doing data entry. We created three listing options: unclaimed, free, and enhanced (paid). Quality Parks Board considered further discounts for the enhanced plan, which was implemented.
We reviewed and tested three more options. AirTable is perfect for saving the underlying data but it's front end experience wasn't sufficient. Table2site uses the underlying databases stored in AirTable but no sufficient. Finally, we tested Toolset, which required much more coding than promised, conflicting documentation not easily deciphered. Regardless of reliable tech support, these difficulties became impossible to overcome. We nearly gave up, as more expensive software was not affordable.
Creating many-to-many relationships between vendors and farmers markets, and between parks and environmental organizations, we reached 85% completion, but failed because there was no built in way to easily customize the front end. The back end was somewhat stable, but with every upgrade of various WordPress plugins, the system would crash. Though there was plenty of tech support available, but because of these difficulties and others we stopped working on MyListing, and began searching for another solution.
May - Dec
Began researching affordable solutions. We began with the testing of MyListing, an application that integrated with WordPress.
Began working on the concept of a promotional directory for vendors and the farmers markets attended. This would help Quality Parks sell native plants. Since this directory was fundamentally unrelated to the primary mission of Quality Parks, in parallel to its development, was another more relevant directory. This directory was to related parks and environmental organizations. This project was a collaborative effort between Quality Parks, Sustaining Systems, BLOCKbETA, and inspiration.