Well, we’ve been going for a couple of years, and thanks to the fantastic engagement and support from the Leeds community, we’ve been able to re-focus our efforts and put together version 2 of our site. The aim with this relaunch is twofold: Firstly to improve your experience with our core feature (you know, the map bit), and secondly to extend our overall usefulness. In order to make sure we can continue to flexibly extend our site, we’ve had to rebuild if from the ground up. In doing so, we’ve been able to make ensure this relaunch includes bigger, site-wide changes, and plenty of smaller stuff. Here’s a run-down of some of the best surface-level changes, which we hope you’ll enjoy from the get go.
- Greatly improved mobile experience - The entire site is optimised for use on smartphones, and we managed to improve greatly how the map/filter can be used on smartphones.
- Easier submissions – Now everything you need to add your exhibition is right there on the homepage.
- Improved Map-Filter – And due to popular demand we added a ‘ Select All’ button.
- Integrated Blogging System - Which we intend to use as a means of archiving useful information, along different themes, about where to find what in Leeds, or musings on cultural geography theory.
- Useful Links – Ok, so maybe this isn’t a huge deal, but I think it’s worth mentioning here as it’s our way of thanking, recognising, and signposting to all the other cultural sites in the area which have a lot to offer our visitors.
There are a few more rather exciting things in the pipeline too, including the ability to embed our map into your own website, a revised submission form, and some more access to our data and stats. Now that we’ve invested our time into getting the site into its current form, we can ramp up production and continue to extend the site. And of course, please feel free to send us your ideas for how we can improve our site.
Tom and Danny