Our Website Gets a Colorful Makeover
Berkeleypaths.org has an entirely new look and feel! We’ve added many high-quality photos, simplified the layout, re-written much of the copy, and tried to make the site more user friendly.
After the successful launch of our monthly online e-news this January, we decided our website also could use updating. We are grateful to our volunteer graphic designer Orin Rutchick and BPWA Board Member Abby Rutchick, who spent countless hours revamping our online presence. (Abby also produces our e-news.)
The site went live last month, and we continue to enhance the sections and add more content.
“We wanted the new website to simulate the experience someone has when wandering our on our paths and discovering new landscapes,” said BPWA President Colleen Neff. “We also wanted to highlight all the amazing people who build and maintain the paths, lead our walks, serve on our board, and volunteer at our events.”
Colleen provided most of the photographs featured on the new site by digging through images from ten years of path walks, all-day hikes, path-building work parties, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and other events.
“I see the website as an opportunity to share and celebrate all aspects of BPWA’s mission,” she said.
The new home page begins to accomplish that goal with a slide show that illustrates both the range of our activities and the variety of people they attract. Beneath the rotating photos is John Muir’s famous advice: Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Atop every page on the site, a menu bar lists the major sections: About, News, Walks & Events, Paths, Membership, Donate, Shop Online, and Contact Us. On phones and small tablets, clicking on the hamburger button, the three small parallel lines on the upper right of the screen, which opens the same list in a drop-down menu.
The bottom of the home page offers another way to access four of the most-often used sections: Upcoming Events, Donate Today, Join Here, and Shop Online.
“We’re grateful for all the hard work of our former webmasters John Kenny, Mary Lynch, the late Dale Miller, Will Schieber, and the late Jay Cross, who designed our very first website,” Colleen said. She noted that each one helped to usher BPWA further into the digital age and attract new users.
Please keep checking back as we continue to update, revise, and debug the pages. More content, including photos of individual paths and the archive of “Self-Guided Walks” soon will be transferred to the new site, and we will redo the links in our archived e-newsletters
We appreciate your support and patience during this fine-tuning process and welcome your feedback.