Spring Cleaning at Patch Means New Homepage
What are your thoughts on the new Patch homepage?
It might not feel like spring this week – brrrr! – but Patch has thrown open all the windows and is doing some freshening up!
We wanted to give you a quick tour in case you noticed that your Patch looks a little different today.
Let’s start at the top. You will notice that the navigation bar is a new shade of blue, and little icons from small town life have been added at each end. The navigation bar offers you the same easy access to all your favorite sections of Patch; it’s just that three are now called something different.
Places, which is the complete listing of every business, nonprofit and municipal office in town, is again being called Directory. We are so proud of our Directory, and the way it makes Patch the one-stop place for all the information you need about the community. We invite business owners to claim their listing – it is super easy.
The area formerly known as Traffic and Gas is now called Commute. In this section, you can find up-to-the-minute information on gas prices in town (and with the Massachusetts average now over $3.76/gallon, that’s great to know before you leave the house) and where you might find slowdowns on the roadways.
Our Neighborhood Gallery, where you can upload all your great photos from life in town, is now called Pics & Clips. You can upload not just photos to Patch, but also all your fun videos as well.
Still in the same place but always worth a reminder: if you are not a registered user of Patch (and you need to be to upload photos or post a comment), in the upper right hand corner of the home page, you can click “Join” and sign right up. And are you getting our newsletter in your email inbox first thing every morning? It’s the easiest way to stay in touch with what’s happening in town.
The biggest change is that our comment stream and our events calendar have swapped places. Still all the great commentary on articles and all the amazing events that are happening in town, just in different places. Don’t forget to add your voice to the conversation or put your event on the calendar!
In the center of the home page, just underneath the comment stream, you’ll see a new area called …What’s Up With You? We wanted to make it even easier (if that’s possible!) for you to add your photos and videos, your thoughts and opinions on the Local Voices blogging platform, and your events to our site. So we’ve added these three links for you here.
It’s still all the great local content you’ve come to expect from Patch, and we hope you like our “refreshed” home page. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback! Post a comment here or e-mail me Grahame.firstname.lastname@example.org