Seeking consultant / contractor to help us migrate to UUA theme
By uuawebteam
I'm a member of River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda, MD.  We've set up a joint member / staff committee to update our website, and expect to use the UUA Theme for the new site.  We have a lot of content to migrate, and we'd like to engage one or more outside contractors to: 1) set up the UUA Theme; 2) integrate it with the ACS congregational management software which we currently use; and 3) migrate and review the existing content. If anyone on the forum can recommend a contractor for all or a part of this work, I'd be grateful to hear about your experience. Also, if you provide this type of service, and would like to get our RFP when it is ready, please let me know. Thanks, Tom Helde

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Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 1 week ago

Hi,
I've done this for several UU Churches and would be happy to provide references WITH THE EXCEPTION that I haven't done any integration with ACS.  Not being exactly familiar with what that is, I can't say for sure that I can help you but would love to talk to you about it and see what involves.  For the other churches I have worked with, we have embedded calendars and linked to other sites.  No heavy integration was involved.
Please contact me if you're interested.  naomi@wickedmoonwebs.com

Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 1 week ago

I can heartily recommend Naomi to help with your site migration.  She did ours at Quimper UU Fellowship (www.quuf.org) last spring and has continued to help with enhancements as they come up (I designed the site, but don't know CMS or other coding beyond basic HTML).  When I ask her to take on a new piece of software, she learns it and charges us a very fair price because she doesn't charge for her learning time.  We communicate by phone or Zoom because she lives in a different time zone.

Anonymous (not verified) 3 years 1 week ago

Ideally, we'd like to tie authentication for the UUA-theme'd portion of the site to the AccessACS web application.  Right now we use AccessACS for our congregational directory and for event registration.  Congregants create a user name and password on AccessACS, and right now they can use the same credentials to log into our main site.  We'd like to continue that, so that we can limit access to live streaming and entire-service videos to members and friends, and also host collaborative workspace for committees on the site.
I believe the current arrangement is enabled by a snippet of code that our chief IT volunteer wrote, to let Typo3 (our current CMS) use AccessACS as an "Identity Provider"  (IdP).
We're quite interested in hearing about, or from, anyone who can help with items 1) and/or 3), regardless of whether 2) is feasible.

Naomi Moon (not verified) 3 years 1 week ago

Thank you, Pat! It's fun working with you.

Tom - I looked at your site and at ACS. My guess is that ACS provides code to drop into the website. That does not seem problematic for me.

Christopher (not verified) 3 years 6 days ago

That's great news. I hadn't heard that ACS opened that up. It's funny, looking at Realm, the offering they're promoting more now, it's unclear whether that same access and the APIs associated with ACS Access would remain available. Going to have to check in with them on that.

I don't imagine that your chiefIT person would have any trouble setting up #2 for WordPress. I'm assuming that ACS is using SAML and there's a WordPress plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/saml-20-single-sign-on/) that should make that relatively straightforward. If they're not using SAML that gets a little more complicated, but still wouldn't be impossible with a little custom coding.

Good luck!

Christopher (not verified) 3 years 1 week ago

What does your hoped for #2 constitute? The last time I looked at ACS it had really minimal capacity for integrations.

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