Port Jefferson village announced today the launching of their newly redesigned website to make it easier to find information that the public needs about the village government, upcoming events and historical research using a new database of old photos.
The website launched Monday, April 18 for the first time and exists at the same website address as the previous village site: www.portjeff.com. Residents and visitors can find out a host of information from the new website both familiar and new.
A brand new splash image greets visitors to the home page that rotates between pictures and banners promoting different aspects of the village and all are clickable to seprate sections. There are also three conventient tabs located on the front page that bring a user to a list of the latest village news, an event calendar and minutes from village trustee board meetings.
Importan useful information is still on the website like times for the public village trustee board meetings, a directory of phone numbers and a section on village code.
Mayor Margot Garant brought in Belle Terre resident John Rago who volunteered to help build the new website earlier this year. Rago is a Lehigh University graduate having earned his B.A. in Environmental Science in 1998. He has been designing website for over 11 years.
After many days and evenings pouring over the design and structure, the project was finally launched.
"The goal for the redesign was to revamp the current website to make it more interactive and user-friendly," said a representative of Port Jefferson village in a statement.
One of the more interesting improvements is a section where anyone can search the village’s digital photo archive, located in the Village History section of the site.
Some photos are ready to view at low resolution on your computer screen. A fee structure for purchasing copies is in place with an 8" by 10" print costing $10.
The historical archive doesn’t only include documents from Port Jefferson but also surrounding towns in Brookhaven including Belle Terre, Poquott, Terryville, Port Jefferson Station, Miller Place, Mount Sinai, Old Field, Setauket, East Setauket, Stony Brook and more.
While there are only 30 photos available right now the village plans to expand the section in the future. The photos will be available for purchase and according to a statement released by the village, "the public will soon have access to the wide variety of materials that include photographs, postcards, documents, manuscripts, prints, maps, drawings and more."