New Look, Gizmos for Lamorinda Patch

We've been banging on the site a little, as you may have noted -- largely in response to requests and suggestions from you, the readership!


Surprise! Yea, here we are with a new site design, one of several your beloved editor promised was coming, largely as a result of comments and suggestions from Patchers who have made the site their resource for local news and commentary.

Probably the most dramatic change is the artistic rendering of the town which highlights our navigation bar at the top of the page. That's our place next to the church at far right!

Okay, most of the things you've come to know and utilize on the site are still largely in place, though our content stream now surfaces alongside our "Major News" position on the upper left-hand side of the page. "What People are Saying...", hugely popular around these parts as you know, now occupies the middle of the page and offers an immediate Read/Reply functionality for those of you who like to dive in right away.

EVENTS, which formerly occupied the central position, moves to the right-hand side of the page, also to increase the visibility of those listings -- which we're hearing from you are widely read, posted to, and attended.

On the blue navigation bar at the top left of the site you'll see my contact info, of course. That's a quick way to reach me with tips or questions and, though I get a lot of email, I do try to respond to every e-note.

The unfortunately named "Places" tab on the nav-bar has been changed to better reflect its use: it is a DIRECTORY of thousands of businesses and services in Lamorinda. If you're not listed there, you should be... let us know.

Next to that you'll see COMMUTE, which offers a cute little colored map of major transit routes for you Lamorinda Road Warriors, traffic glitches, and locations of local service stations with the best fuel prices.

PICS & CLIPS is fun, a handy place for all you shutterbugs and moviemakers out there. Just click on it and click on UPLOAD PHOTOS and VIDEOS to add your work to that of others.

Lastly, if you're looking for VOLUNTEERS or a JOB, both can be found under MORE STUFF. Check it out.

That's it for now... no, wait, I hear the "crew" banging on things again. Stay tuned!

J.D. O'Connor March 30, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Hey, Kathleen... thanks! Still banging away down in the boiler room. Your comments and others here forwarded to the mechanics!
J.D. O'Connor March 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Hey, DP... former LamorindaPatch writer Lance "Scoop" Howland at the helm over there and they are running some design tests on his site and a few others. The key here is that we are evolving and testing different things here at Patch.
J.D. O'Connor March 30, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Morning, Steve... thanks for the feedback. It is valued, believe me. One thing, we do monitor and moderate these threads so while I am loathe to "censor" anything, we do not allow comments violating our terms of service to appear in our threads. See previous note on the design issues we're addressing. Thanks again...
J.D. O'Connor March 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thanks, Steve... forwarding yours and other comments to the engineers.
CJ March 30, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Agreed the new layout seriously downgrades this feature. But the comments are heavily censored feedback.


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