Website Changes

2008-11-14 05:07:55.000 – Staff,  Mount Washington Observatory

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As you see, we’ve made quite a few changes and upgrades to our website! We hope that you enjoy what you see. More on that in a moment.

Please note that our web server is also being upgraded to support the steady growth of the number of Observatory web visitors. We will be upgrading our site to a new server on Saturday evening, November 15, between 10 PM and Midnight. As the server hardware including hard drives are being replaced, the site will be inaccessible for up to one hour during that timeframe. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Back to the new site… The new website provides easier navigation and more ways for our passionate website visitors to get involved with the Observatory.

We’ve widened the site, adding a new navigation menu on the left side. We have also rearranged the top navigation menu, creating new tabs (Support MWO, Multimedia) and reorganizing others.

We’ve redesigned and reorganized our homepage, offering easier access to what you want most: current summit conditions, webcams, observer comments and photos. We now also feature special MWO news, events and promotions in a much more prominent way. Finally, in an effort to draw more attention to the great companies who believe so strongly in what we do, we have logos and links to our sponsors at the base of the homepage and on all of our pages.

Probably the most important change to the website is the ability to generate support from our loyal visitors. You’ll find a number of new ways to give when you browse through the site, including memorial gifts, tribute gifts and recurring gifts (monthly, quarterly, annually, etc.). You’ll be able to have memberships and gifts that renew automatically, which will reduce our mailing costs and make supporting the Observatory even easier.

We now have the ability to send e-newsletters, with special offers, extreme weather alerts, event info and news from the mountain. Also, once you register and create a MWO Web Account, you will have access to your user profile so that you can update your contact info, adjust your email preferences and more.

And finally, we’re now offering MWO eCards that you can send to friends and family. Choose from twelve unique designs and send them to the recipient of your choice for any occasion.

If you’re a member, you’ll need to re-register with the site so that your Premium Content access is not interrupted. You can do that by clicking “My Web Account” in the left nav menu. If you don’t have a MWO Web Account, join our email list and we’ll set one up for you. To learn more about all the changes, click the large “New MWO Website” graphic at the bottom of the homepage.

 

Staff,  Mount Washington Observatory

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