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Final birthday month Conal history post

As we come to the end of our birthday month, we bring you a final post about Conal history. This one compares what our United States page looked like back in the day with our current US page.

Our US page looked like this in May 2012:


We were using Ad boxes down the side of the page, but banners on this page were only introduced later, as can be seen from looking at the same page in 2014:


Today, our US page looks like this:


Thanks once again to the Wayback Machine for helping us write these history blog posts. We hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we at Conal enjoyed remembering and writing them!

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The history of Conal: Part III

By June 2014 we had a new logo and look for the site:


We had become Conal, to distinguish ourselves from the many “Conference Alerts” sites that had begun springing up.

We continued to go from strength to strength, with both subscriber and organizer use of our website increasing.

We continue to strive to upgrade and improve our user platform and service, and thank all our loyal supporters; subscribers and organizers alike. A special thanks to those organizers who have been using our services from our beginnings in 2000 until today.

Our rapid growth has sometimes been challenging, but our dedicated staff have met all the challenges with enthusiasm and energy. We look forward to serving the event community in the years ahead.

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The history of Conal: Part II

By 6th June 2003, Conal, still at that stage going by the name of Conference Alerts, had started using the paid promotion now known as our Spotlight service (see highlighted image).


By November 2012; we had upgraded the look of our site and had developed the Spotlight service to allow more events to be showcased on our home page, and had moved to a new web platform:


Next week: The history of Conal: Part III

Images courtesy of Wayback Machine.

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Conal turns 17 years old

Conal began life as Conference Alerts in June 2000.

When we started, our site looked like this:


This screenshot is taken from the Wayback Machine, a digital archive, and was taken on 24 January 2001. At that stage, we had been operating for 6 months; and were already growing rapidly.

Our site was to undergo changes in both appearance and how we operate over the years, but our basic business model has not changed over the years: to enable subscribers who wish to know about academic and professional conferences and event, and the organizers of those events to link up with each other.

Later in 2001; we changed the look of our site, introducing the world globe for the first time and posting a graphic promoting an event on our home page.


During our birthday month of June, we will bring you more about the history of Conal; watch this space!

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Cancelling an event

Even the best laid plans sometimes go awry; and sometimes even the most carefully planned events need to be cancelled; usually because of conditions beyond the control of an event organizer.

If this happens for your event, please email Conal staff so that they can suspend the event listing. This should be done immediately you know of the cancellation. If an event has to be postponed, also inform Conal staff immediately. Your event will then be suspended; and the event updated once the new dates are finalised.

Organizers should also immediately inform event delegates and attenders of the cancellation or rescheduling of an event.

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Posting accurate event information

Organizers should make sure that all event information they post is accurate before they post an event on Conal.

Please finalise your event venue, event dates and other information before it is posted, as some crucial fields, such as the date and name of your event, cannot be edited by you after they have been posted. It is possible that Conal staff can edit this information if necessary, but it is better to post accurate information from the start, and not change crucial information such as the dates or name of the event once it has been posted.

If you wish to order the Featured event service, please make sure that the announcement that you submit (which will be sent to Conal subscribers whose profiles match your event profile) is correct and accurate. Please check it for typos, and make sure that the links and email addresses contained in the announcement are correct, and that all websites contained in the announcement can be reached.

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Conal on Social Media

Connect with Conal on social media to get the best out of our website.

Learn more about how Conal works on our blog, and follow our blog so so you don’t miss a blog post.

Tag us (@ConalAlerts) on Twitter when you share details of your event on Twitter, or follow us on Twitter .

Join the over 24 thousand people who like our Facebook page ; and access news about Conal and hints and tips via Facebook. You can also use Facebook to message us.

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