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WILLIAMSON COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Revamping our Website

19 Feb 2016 1:42 PM | Anonymous

We're working on a new website to attract garden lovers and future volunteers.  As a new Master Gardener (Class of 2015) and member of the association, I was unaware of all the beautification projects and educational programs we offer to our county.   It gives me great pride that I am part of such an organization. We volunteered over 8,000 hours in 2015; our community should know the value we bring to our county.   Our website is the opportunity we have to share our why,  what we do, and who we are.

I also was unaware of a Spring garden sale.  Who doesn't love a sale?  Okay, I hate shopping but I do love to buy anything garden related.  I'm one to look at seed catalogs all throughout winter and spring.  Come late February, I'm at the Williamson County Co-op and nurseries buying composts for my garden beds and everything else I didn't purchase.

Goals for the website:

  • Increase public awareness of who we are and what we do in the community
  • Drive traffic to our website and membership engagement
  • House a central location for important information and resources
  • Improve entering volunteer and continued education hours
  • Engage the community on our events and fundraising efforts
  • Showcase our capabilities with photos and videos from our projects and programs
Have a Members Only section:
  • Increase member networking and collaboration
  • Directory with secure membership information
  • Get to know our members and their passions
  • Forum to brainstorm and discuss projects, programs, field trips, and questions

I'd love to get your feedback on what members would like to see on the website and how we can engage our volunteers. 


Sadira Ebert

2016 Board Member





Comments

  • 01 Feb 2016 9:56 AM | Anonymous
    Sadira,
    Absolutely Terrific job. Clear, well-organized, easy to use, and handsome. I have only a few comments:
    1. Graphically, I think the top title page has several phrases that are more prominent than the WCMGA line. I would suggest taking out the Tennesssee Master Gardener logo, eliminating the white 'Williamson' 'County' type over the graphics and putting up the photo ribbon, the organization name in a line and then the drop down menu. I think the ribbon bar would look good continuous across the top, adding photos, maybe adding a more horizontal picture in middle of frame--like a great spreading white oak tree. The name could be reversed on a color band below the bar. I think that would work well with the delicate gray typeface you've used as a unifying content font, which I like.
    2. Most of the links opened briskly for me. The community involvement page photos were slow--maybe bigger files than they need to be for that screen?
    3. You asked for the logo I did for the t-shirt, which I'll be happy to send; it's not a really 'association' logo, so I wouldn't use it at the top but it may fit in elsewhere.
    4. I don't have photos from Square Foot project, but I'll check with Leah, and will work on getting some later this year.
    5. I was going to just email you these comments, but when I punched your name for email, it wasn't real clear to me where to add the message part, and the red text line saying I needed to be logged was there. But I should have been logged in (that's how I got to this page). So you may want to check that or have someone else try to make sure that is seamless.

    Thanks for all your work on this! It really is developing into a great web site.

    Best,
    David
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    • 14 Feb 2016 4:39 PM | Anonymous
      Thanks for your response and taking the time to give us feedback. We need more photographs to add for content to add to the ribbon bar. We'll review the file size of the current photographs as well.
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  • 20 Feb 2016 12:54 PM | Deleted user
    FABULOUS JOB! A much needed make over. Well done!
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