After eight years with only running changes, by 2016 the Midwest 356 Club web site
was looking a bit dated and running on a less than up-to-date chassis. So we have
reworked it from the ground up to have a more contemporary look, better road manners
and a modern technical architecture. It's kind of like what Porsche did in 1965,
except that in this case what has been replaced will not be remembered as a classic.
Here is a closer look at what has changed.
The first thing you will have noticed is that the picture on the home page has expanded to fill the entire window. As before, the image you see on the home page will be selected from a collection we maintain, and the selection will change each time you refresh or revisit the page. Because the text is now superimposed on the image, only images that allow the text to be legible will be used from now on. (All the old images are still available to view, stored as a past event in 2015.)
The navigation menu for the site, which used to be on the left side of the page, now occupies a bar of black buttons across the top When viewed on a computer screen, there are seven buttons: one showing the club logo and six containing text. You may recall that the old site menu contained many items, 18 to be exact. The new one gets by with seven by using submenus. Notice that the menu buttons for Member Pages, Resources, and Club Info all have a little arrow after their text. That means they contain submenus that will appear when they are selected:
This arrangement allows the items you are likely to use most frequently to appear in the main menu bar, keeping it uncluttered while making all the other items easily accessible in submenus. An additional benefit is that the menu does not disappear when you scroll down the page!
On smaller devices such as phones, the text buttons are replaced by a single button on the right showing three white bars, which when tapped causes the text buttons to appear below it in a vertical array: