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Church of England website changes


The Church of England has today launched a redesign of its website.

The new website can be found here.

However, all old links from Thinking Anglicans articles to Church of England documents are now broken. This affects in particular our pages relating to the General Synod. The new General Synod section of the CofE website now starts here.

UPDATE Sunday evening
Peter Owen has revised three of our most recent articles containing links to the Church of England website, namely
Yorkshire – Dioceses Commission reports
Women in the episcopate draft legislation referred to dioceses
Reference to Dioceses: Anglican Covenant
Where a referenced document could not be found on the new CofE website, a copy has been uploaded to TA.

The Church Times carried a news report about this new website design in its issue dated 24/31 December, which was published before Christmas. See ‘Anglican’ vanishes in web revamp by Ed Thornton.

In this article, the Church of England Director of Communications, Peter Crumpler, was quoted as follows:

Users of the current web address will be “automatically redirected to the new site” when it goes live in January, he said. “All the existing links should transfer across auto­matic­ally.”

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Father Ron Smith
13 years ago

As Simon comments here, one can only wonder what has really motivated this change from the use of the word ‘Anglican’ on the ACO web-site. Is it anything at all to do with the independent actions of certain of the Communion’s member Provinces, one wonders – in a move to separate the Church of England from those Provinces which may find themselves unable to sign up to the Covenant? After all, from the terms of the prescribed Covenant process, Provinces like TEC and the A.C.of Canada might find themselves marginalised on the grounds of their actions regarding the ordination of… Read more »

13 years ago

My sympathies as you update links, Simon.

[I sure hope the redesign is worth it!]

13 years ago

It is very easy to do – you put a redirect in the header at the old website address and give it zero time.

David Keen
David Keen
13 years ago

Links to the old homepage seem to automatically end up on the new one. But stuff behind that seems to have gone: just had a look at the statistics pages, and all the raw data on attendance etc. is now unavailable.

Do we know if the new site plans to fix these links, or are they lost forever?

13 years ago

Fr Ron – I doubt that there is any such motivation or that it was thought about at a level where such things might have been considered. There has long been a moan that doesn’t mean anything to the wider public (and is barely intelligible to some people inside the church) and so I’m sure the thought was that is easier to understand. That said, not using the is a real shame I think. That said, why they launched on a Friday particularly with (as we are discovering) a host of glitches. You never launch a web… Read more »

Simon Kershaw
13 years ago

Actually it’s much easier than that ‘Pluralist’. If you control the server then you can put server directives in place so that requests for page A deliver up page B. You just need to make a list of the mapping. (The header-redirection that you describe works, but requires an extra round trip from the server to the client and back.) On the other hand, maintaining links in perpetuity is probably more than we should expect any website administrator to do. If a library gets reshelved would you expect to find a place holder for every book in its old place… Read more »

13 years ago

The problem is that a library has an indexing system from a choice of several and the Internet has never had any indexing system. So if you reshelve a library you just use the indexing system.

Simon Kershaw
13 years ago

Well, the new CofE website has a Site Map, and a Search tool. So if you can’t find what you are looking for you can try those. I can’t say, however, whether the Site Map or Search tool work decently or not, as I haven’t tried to use them for real. Google (other search engines are available 🙂 is essentially an index of the visible internet. However, they are presumably not a lot of use in situations such as this, as they won’t have indexed the new site, and there won’t be any links to the new site from external… Read more »

Simon Sarmiento
13 years ago

Dave Green has published a review of the new site at

Bill Moorhead
13 years ago

Nice website. I especially like the picture of +Ebor at a baptism. (“If that’s the way you treat your converts, no wonder there are so few of them.” St. Teresa, or somebody like that.)

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