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Virginia-Highland Civic Association Website Gets a New Look

More news, events and safety alerts

Out with the old, in with the new.

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association website got a fresh new look this week.

The redesigned website features news, safety alerts and easier navigation through important zoning and planning documents.

The site was built from the ground up and allows board members to easily update sections of the page they may be responsible for.

"The news on the site is much more timely, relevant, and complete, and fits together with the new email updates we introduced back on December 1st," board member Brian Gross said Friday. "All in all it means we're able to get much more information out to our residents - and back from them as well."

Gross serves on the communications and planning committees and urges residents to give feedback about the new site through the survey.

The board of directors began disucssing the redesign more than a year ago. Gross said it took about four months to design the site, build it in WordPress and input all the content. Most of the work was done at highly discounted rates or on a volunteer basis.

Visit vahi.org to check out the new features.

Do you find the new site more user friendly? Tell us in the comments.

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David E. February 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM
The new VHCA website is much improved in terms of it being easier to use and find important info. Visually appealing, nice job with the design. Perhaps even more important: the new infrastructure (Wordpress) enables non-technical people to update content on the site, quickly and easily. (Compare with the old site, in which a technical person was required - and paid - to update content on the site. Yikes!) Net, this will enable much more regular communication by the board with association members. Congratulations and thank you to Brian Gross who led the initiative this year, and everyone who worked on it! The only thing I think the association and board should look at more closely and learn from: the 12 month cycle time it took to go from planning to deployment. This project should not have taken well more than a year. Professionally, I know that a "more than good enough" version can be deployed in almost no time at all with Wordpress. The longest it should have taken, even with volunteers, is 2 months. I'd recommend the current board spend some time honestly figuring out why it took more than a year to go from plan to deployment - so that it can avoid repeating that with other projects. But back to the wonderful new website. Credit to Brian and all who worked hard on this for moving it forward to completion. Your efforts and results are appreciated.
Jennifer Kjellgren February 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Great work - this really looks nice - and it's very easy to navigate. Kudos to the team!

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