Tue, May 5, 2009 | by TJ JuskiewiczShare
Does something look different? Well it was time to keep up with technology and reconstruct our RAGBRAI web site. I think you’ll find it has a few new bells and whistles, while still extremely informative. We appreciate the suggestions over the years from RAGBRAIers on ways to improve our web site and look forward to hearing your feedback on this new site.
To help you along, I’d like to point out a few things to make your visit to our new site a bit easier to get around:
You’ll see that the navigation bars have moved from going up and down on the left-hand side of the page to now go horizontally across the top of the page. Some of the topics have been tweaked as well.
The new site will have a few rotating features that are splashed across the top of the page. They will be linked to stories of interest that we want to share with you. You’ll also be able to sign up for an RSS feed to inform you when new stories are posted. Want to get any new stories emailed to you every day? Want to get a text alert when big RAGBRAI news is announced (such as overnight towns)?
Photo Galleries & Videos
The photo galleries will be easy to find, right below the main features. The photo galleries will be from both The Des Moines Register photographers as well as (coming soon!) user submitted photos for all to enjoy. Videos will also have a prominent location on the home page at the bottom left-hand corner of the page. We will feature fun videos for The Des Moines Register photographers as well as user submitted videos as well as feature safety videos such as the “Riding Right” video.
Social Networking Links
This is a new header that will feature frequent blog posts to keep you up to speed on RAGBRAI, cycling and Iowa happenings that might be of interest to RAGBRAIers. The blogs will take the place of the traditional E-Newsletter that was featured monthly.
This topic will take the place of the old “RAGBRAI Basics” topic. Here you will find 2009 RAGBRAI Logistics, FAQs, General Information, and the History of RAGBRAI. You also find information about charters, bike shops, shuttles and bike shipping under “About RAGBRAI”.
Simply changes the name of “Message Boards” to “Forums.” The latest Forum Posts will also appear on the home page on the bottom right-hand side of the page so you can quickly see what people are chatting about.
These additional navigational links in the green boxes will be found on the right-hand side of the page and take you to other related sites such as the Dream Team, Iowa Bicycle Coalition, The NBTDA (National Bicycle Tour Director’s Association) as well as other topics such as RIDE RIGHT, the RAGBRAI Shop and the DesMoinesRegister.com site. You will also find contact information for RAGBRAI at these links.
We hope you enjoy the new site. If you have comments, question or suggestions, please send them my way (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
– TJ Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI director