23 Jan. 2007

Watch the Web-olution

By Dave Hinders

The ad hoc Web Redesign Committee unveiled the new portal for the USPS website in 2006, but the work began much earlier.

In spring 2005, an ad hoc committee led by Robert Miller began setting new standards for the look and feel of the USPS website.

During the intervening months, site visitors could watch the design evolve as more than 40 webmasters began adopting the changes, which include common headers, footers and navigational links to tie the diverse pages together.
To promote accessibility, we’ve eliminated separate public and member portals. Website visitors now enter through the same front door. However, some pages still require a certificate number and ZIP code for access.

Two new links help users navigate the sea of website content. On the top navigation bar, the “Site Index” link takes visitors to a topical index page, and the “How Do I ... ” link takes visitors to an FAQ page. For example, “How do I find a boating class?” takes you to the class locator.

Recognizing that the new navigation scheme would be a major change for frequent visitors, we asked for feedback and received responses from more than 50 visitors.

In response to their input, we’ve created a “Site Navigation” page and added the organizational drop-down menu from the old member’s page to the Site Index.

A recent addition, the “USPS News” page showcases items of interest to USPS members and other recreational boaters. If your squadron or district has news to share, send articles to uspsmember.usps-news@blogger.com.

Under construction at press time, the “USPS Library” page will provide access to the many documents and presentations within our site.

Watch the continuing evolution at www.usps.org.

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