Thursday, November 5, 2009
SteamboatPilot.com and ExploreSteamboat.com users will notice a new look and improved functionality to both sites beginning today.
At the heart of the upgrades is the conversion to the newest versions of Django and Ellington CMS, but Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Brent Boyer said most users will be more interested in the redesigned look and features of both sites.
SteamboatPilot.com's new look starts with its flag and menu bars and continues all the way down to a redesigned video player, improved search function and revised calendar tool.
Among the new or updated features:
Registered users can create avatars for their profiles and access a special account page that can be personalized to their interests.
An improved search function queries all SteamboatPilot.com stories, photos, videos, documents, events and online comments.
It also allows users to sort search results by publication date.
- An enhanced calendar feature allows easier viewing of events.
ExploreSteamboat.com , a comprehensive online business directory and arts and entertainment site dedicated to Steamboat Springs and Routt County, also underwent extensive revisions.
Boyer said a much-improved homepage design complements the site's successful blending of business directories and event-related information.
Among ExploreSteamboat.com 's new or updated features:
Registered users can submit business reviews and ratings.
Business search results include a map of the business location, as well as a summary of that business's user ratings.
A homepage content widget incorporates Best Bets events listings, blogs, news stories, restaurant reviews, videos and photos in an easy-to-navigate format.
An enhanced calendar feature allows easier viewing of events.
Boyer said the Steamboat Pilot & Today would continue to update and improve both sites, and he encouraged users to send their ideas and critiques.
For more information, call Boyer at 871-4221 or Steamboat Pilot & Today online development manager Tyler Jacobs at 871-4231.