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Maltese Association’s Website launched 20 Years ago today

August 27 2022 

The website of the Maltese Association was formally launched 20 years ago on the 27 August 2002.

 

The site was presented to the then President, H.E. the late Dr Philip Attard Montalto, and to the Council, who unanimously approved the site to go public.

 

It started with a few pages giving information about the Order and the Maltese Association together with a News Page and “Visitors’ Book”. Eventually pages were added with the Association’s Newsletters, Publications and a 360° Panoramic page with 3D views of various Palaces and churches.

 

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The Maltese Association was one of the first of the Order’s Associations that had its own website worldwide as there were only a handful of the Order’s Priories’ and Associations’ websites in the early internet days. Most of the coding was done in DOS or using the very unfriendly limited software available at the time.

 

The site was given an excellent review in Maltese by the local newspaper In-Nazzjon back in 2004.

 

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As time passed, and more organisations developed their own sites, the Order decided that it was time to standardize its sites so that the Order of Malta’s global image is immediately recognized and distinguished from other self-styled orders.

 

The Order’s Communications Board, with whom the Maltese Association has been working closely since its inception, set up a template with standardised logos and formats, that all the Order’s media use as a reference. Thus in 2012, the Maltese Association’s website was changed to comply with this format which is still in use today.

 

The old site can still be viewed at:

 

https://orderofmalta.mt/v1/index1full.htm

 

Not all the functions of this old site can be accessed today as some of the plugins used at the time are not compatible with today’s software.

 

However, the News and activities pages are accessible and one can here see the evolvement of the Maltese Association throughout the years – from only a handful of activities a year to various projects that are done on a daily and weekly bases.

 

The charitable works, religious and philanthropic activities together with the investitures, promotions and decorations awarded, are there for all to see.

 

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