Readers’ corner 3/23/07
Have you all had a chance to check out our relaunched Web site at http://www.theunion.com?
It’s been up – in Beta format – for a couple of weeks now. We are tweaking it on a daily basis and continuing to make it as user-friendly as possible.
We’ve had lots of feedback and have made some changes based on what you suggested.
Our Webmaster, Eric Dickerson, spent many a late night getting it ready. Now that it is up and working, he is spending all his time helping users (both internal and external) fixing small things on the site that aren’t working properly and working to make the pages load faster.
With something as complex as our Web site, some bugs just need to be addressed as they occur. Although Eric and our development team anticipated many things, it’s difficult to predict how everything will work together.
With its multi-layered menu bars, the Web site gives many more points of entry for the user. Our Web updates let you see what’s new on the site and our community features let you voice your opinion on our site.
One feature that is already catching on is submitting calendar items online. Is your church hosting a special speaker? Are your kids in a school play? Do you want publicity for a local event? Do your kids have a big game coming up? All you need is a computer and Internet access.
If you don’t have a computer at home, you can get online for free at our local libraries.
Go to http://www.theunion.com/addevent and a form will appear. Fill out all pertinent info, hit the submit button, and you’re done. No more faxing, hounding the publicity chair of your club, etc. Easy as pie.
Another great feature is on the bottom right side. It’s the list of most popular stories and most commented stories. You can click on “latest comments” to see what other readers are responding to.
Everyone can blog on our site, too. Once you register and set up your profile, it’s easy to get going. Set up profiles for your club, team, band, or community garden. Keep everyone up to date on what’s going on with blogs and photos.
We have about 300 profiles online, many with pictures and short bios.
With a county of 93,000 people, it seems like a way to make us all a bit closer in the online community. If you collect widgets and another reader does also, you two can communicate through the Web site, maybe attracting other widget collectors.
We’d really like to know your experiences so far with theunion.com. Both positive and negative are encouraged so we know what’s working well and what could be improved.
To tell us what you think, follow the link of the Home Page that says “Web Site Feedback.” It will take you to a simple form that will allow you to give us all the feedback you want.
Our Web site will probably always be morphing and changing, just as the times we live in. Please let us know if our site fits your needs. We’re listening.
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
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