Patch Gets Fresh Look

You're not losing it! Patch looks a little different. Please share the good news with family, friends and co-workers.

To make the Patch Home page even more user-friendly, we did a quick, visual nip-and-tuck to it. And we've moved a couple items around, so to speak. For those keeping score:

  • We tweaked some words in our navigation bar to save space (e.g., "Traffic & Gas" is now "Commute"). The spot to which upload favorite, miscellaneous photos and videos used to be called Neighborhood Gallery; now it's called "Pics & Clips." With spring here, it's a great time to share some shots of what's happening in your neck of the woods—can't wait to see them. Thanks to Patch reader and Wildwood resident, Roger Vincent, who shared the photo that accompanies this article.
  • We moved the weather icon next to the Patch branding so you can find it more quickly.
  • We moved YOU closer to the top! Our "shout stream" is now front and center to show off all your comments. We really enjoy your remarks, so please keep them coming.
  • The category called "More Stuff" contains Volunteer and Job options. We could really use your help in keeping this section current.
  • And of course, we "prettified" a few things.

While the site might look a little different today, we still offer the same robust coverage of everything happening in and . That was, is, and always will be our mission. We categorize news in several ways:  arts, business, elections, government, obituaries, opinion, police and fire, school news, sports and announcements. We welcome news tips or ideas about interesting people to feature.

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There are still 15 designations in the Directory category. Business owners and managers, please claim your listing to leverage the free and fast ways you can reach out to customers about your products and services. Patch readers, please consider rating and reviewing the businesses, nonprofits and entities listed in the Patch Directory as a way of providing feedback from the community.

You may not yet have discovered the House & Home Guide we launched earlier this month. Check it out at this exact location, which is located under or within the News tab.

We hope you'll let us know what you think of the tweaks in the Patch Home page in the comments' section below!

If you have further suggestions about what you would like Patch to consider for the future, be sure to add those here, too.

Maddie Marshall March 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I love how clean and streamlined everything looks! This new layout is definitely going to make it easier to find all things Eureka and Wildwood!
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thank you, Maddie; good to hear.
Pam Lieber March 29, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Like the new look but MISS the comments on the far right with the old layout :-(
Debra Pinson March 29, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Looks great . . . . very reader friendly. Everyday starts with checking Patch.com for the four west county areas . . . . gotta stay on top of what's going on, and you do a fine job!!
Julie Wood March 29, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Great new clean crisp look! I really enjoy the Patch and look forward to seeing what is going on in our area!
Lou Malnassy March 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
It's a very clean, attractive look, but I, too, miss the comments column.
Diane Engle March 29, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I agree - I miss the comments on the right!
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 09:44 PM
More than twice today, I looked to the right of the Home page, out of habit. But everyone does see that reader comments now are at the top middle of the Home page, right? They are still spotlighted, just in a different spot.
Ron Colletti March 30, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The new layout is nice, but have to agree comments were harder to find and title of article for the comment is not as clear as old comment format. Stil it is good to try some new layouts.


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