In September, the VCE Master Gardener Program unveiled a new website. The revamped site was almost a year in the making.
Planning for the new website began in October of last year after the office realized a need for a fresh and more user-friendly site. The launch of the website brings many new and exciting features as well as an updated look.
The new site allows for users to choose a category from the home page — current master gardeners, prospective master gardeners, and master gardener coordinators. Each category caters to the needs of the specific user. This feature helps users have a more tailored experience with the site.
Users will also be able to connect and stay updated with the VCE Master Gardener Facebook posts through the live feed displayed on the home page.
Coordinators will also see many new and helpful features. Through a password-protected area, coordinators can access resources including the ability to request certificates, download marketing tools and templates, and view social media guidelines.
Some familiar features can still be found on the site such as Master Gardener College news, Coordinator Endowment updates, and local unit contact information. Past and current editions of the “In Season” newsletter will still be available to users through the site.
From a visual design standpoint, the website is more engaging and cohesive. Images are used through out the site to invite users to interact and explore the many new features. It also allows for a more seamless and natural navigation through the content so that users can more easily find information.
The Master Gardener Program has also taken strides to ensure that there is a cohesive and professional look to the program that is echoed in the design and layout of this site. We hope you enjoy the new site — check it out!