WOO is the Swiss Army Knife
of desktop shortcuts
Calendars; Live Travel; Map; Timetables; Weather;
Job Searching; Parcel Tracking;
Recycling & Money Saving ideas;
TV & Radio links; How to fix it videos.
Hospitals; Doctors; Dentists; Vets; Crime; Flood information; Disaster & Emergencies; Missing People; Police Information Requests; First-Aid advice; Medical information & videos, Family Safety; Home Support.
Contact numbers and websites for your local Schools; Colleges; Council Departments; News; Local Businesses and services.
WOO is all about keeping you & your family safe.
Medical advice, First-aid,
household advice, Fitness for those who cannot attend a gym, Tips for motorists,
WOO-KIDS helps keep the little ones amused and helps them learn.
Electric charging points; Places to eat and stay, Things to see and do; Camping information; Online TV & Radio, Maps.
WOO wishes to be as environmentally friendly as possible, by reducing the use and need of paper leaflets and directories. And by promoting recycling ideas and practices.
WOO wishes to give back to the commuinity, by providing the helpful information they may need all in one place, by creating awareness of local events, and involving the local community with its specialist sections of interest.
WOO wishes to be non-political, unbiased and non-disciminatory.
WOO wants to promote worthy businesses, groups, individuals and events, and to support where possible the many worthy charities and non-profit making groups, that give so much to our local communities, by providing free advertising space to help promote awareness.
And as we are based in Wales, to promote Wales as a whole, showing off our beautiful scenery, many interesting places, extraordinary talent, heritage, history and it's culture.
Describing WOO in a few words is not easy, the best way to find out how useful WOO can be is to explore it and see.
The Woo pages are always being updated and where possible improved, and new sections of interest added.
Many have asked me why I made a website and not followed others in making Facebook pages, the answer to this is simple. On facebook style pages the information and data scrolls down as each new entry is made, gradually it is scrolled so far down it is impossible to find again or even deleted.
I wanted to provide the information in a static form, where users can rely on it always being in the same place and at hand when needed, without having to search endlessly for where it has now gone.
Basic information of local services through paid for adverts. Put through door once a year.
Bulky and often out of date. once issued to all owners of landlines.
Now not issued in our area
Often out of date. Selectively issued to households.
Jumbled information outside town shops & outlets.
Not available in the home.
Available to households with a landline. charged for set amount of telephone number information.
Small printed directories are sometimes available, but often discarded or lost.
The modern trend is to use Social Media to advertise or present items of interest, but Social media has a very limited lifespan when it comes to holding and displaying information.
A web site will continuously display the same information indefinitely, making information easier to find
At the time there was no alternative, at home we had a large pile of heavy directories that were often out of date, the Pink card that only gave a few basic numbers, or the ability to use directory enquiries to get a maximum of three phone numbers at any one time. The shop notice board was of no use when you were sitting at home.
As the internet arrived we now have Google, it's a great search engine but can swamp the user with many pages of information that are not relevant , including many paid for advertisements, The required information still has to be searched for from large lists and is not automatically defined to your town or area.
BUT NOW WE HAVE WOO !
To keep Woo always to hand and save having to search for your town, create a tiny (2kb) shortcut on your desktop. First go to the menu page for your nearest town, highlight and copy the full address shown in the address bar at the top of the page, then using the right mouse button click on a blank area of your desktop and choose 'New' and then 'shortcut'. Use the right button to click in the box, and Paste in the copied address, press OK. Another box will open for you to name your shortcut eg 'Woo', then press OK again. Tuck this new icon away in the corner of your screen and you will have instant access to your own local information at a click of the icon. Alternatively, goto the menu page of your town and click to add it to your list of Favourite's / Bookmarks.
General Data Protection Regulation.
WOO ensures that only the minimum information is recorded and stored safely, this will include the necessary Customer Data for those paying for advertising which includes :-
Business name, business address, contact name, business phone number, business email address, dates of advertisement periods and dates of payments.
No tracking of visitors or insertion of cookies is used by WOO
WOO NOW, AND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF WOO
I started WOO as a personal project and with just one town in mind, Welshpool the town where I live. The original site over its years of development had many rewrites and style changes. Many new ideas were added and tried out and gradually it took its current form.
I was soon approached by other viewers asking if their town could also be included, soon Newtown was added and then later followed by others. The interest grew and I had to decide on where I would take it to in the future.
With the ever increasing development of its 'Special Sections', which covered and provided information on a wide number of subjects, Woo began attracting a wider base of viewers.
Over the last five years I noticed that I was being viewed and receiving messages from many viewers that were not based in Wales, many from the United States, Australia, and all across Europe. Some from Universities and groups that were requesting to use the site and its wide and varied content as part of their curriculum and as recommended viewing. This brought me to the conclusion that the site needed to be broadened, changed from being a 'Local' site to one that included everyone.
I still wanted to retain the 'Local' element, so the information pertaining to Wales was restructured into a Special Section of its own, while opening up the site to a much wider audience. Doing it this way will enable me to continue to build Woo as a trusted source for information and to develop new sections of interest as the need arises, for a much wider viewing base.
Woo has been since its inception, and is still currently financed out of my own pocket, and it does not produce any income. Spiraling living costs are making this very difficult for me as I am not working due to illness, and I want to find a sponsor/sponsors that will at least cover the annual costs of domain registration and site hosting, and perhaps some of the day to day charges that I incur for electricity / computer maintenance / phone calls etc.
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