Generally, no. All up to date versions of popular browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Opera (even the latest version on the Nintendo Wii) should work perfectly well. For security and usability, we would advise you to use the latest version of your preferred browser and ensure that you keep it up to date using the downloads provided by its publishers.
If your browser, or any other software you have installed, blocks popups to prevent annoying advertisements, you may need to alter the settings to allow a few agreeable popups from this site.
The has stopped using Flash graphics for compatibility with the iPhone and iPad. Linked sites may however still use it and you will need a PC browser plugin to view that content. Apple devices still continue to block Flash.
It is almost essential nowadays to use Broadband to view the site. We try to provide interesting images so pages will load a lot quicker with broadband than over a dial-up connection. Currently local residents can download web pages with speeds of between least 2 and 3 Mbps. Even the slowest broadband connection speed is ten times faster than dial-up.
To check your connection speed, see the Broadband Speed checker page under PLUS on the menu.
Yes you can.
If you browse to www.cocking.org on a smartphone, the site will usually detect that your device is a mobile and display the site in a different way. The initial view you will see is mostly a display of news articles that you can scroll through - the newest being at the top. There is a MENU button for other features and you can break out of the mobile view via an icon that gives you a 'desktop' view in miniature. You can zoom in on the parts of this that interest you, and this view gives you the full features of the site.
Back on your PC, if you click on the image of an iPhone on the HOME Page (bottom right-hand side) you will get an idea of what the smartphone view looks like - only much wider and deeper.
Note: cocking.org no longer uses Flash graphics so the site itself should work well with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that can't display them. We cannot guarantee that sites we are linked to won't use Flash.
As the Webmaster gets older his eyesight isn't improving and he finds small text difficult. The good news is that this is a known problem and it can be tackled; sometimes even without finding my glasses.
The usual method is to use the controls built into your browser software to control page size e.g. [Control] and [+]to increase the size, or [Control] and [-] to decrease size. This will adjust the whole page size i.e. bigger text and bigger images, but if your screen is not a wide one, the layout may be affected at some point as you zoom in.