The Port recently launched a redesigned website (portofhoodriver.com) with the help of local web developer Gorge Web Design. The new mobile-friendly site offers enhanced functionality and clean design, with a scalable framework for future expansion or updates.
“Our primary objectives were to simplify the organization of the site to help people find information more easily, as well as expand transactional capabilities for our users,” explains Genevieve Scholl, the Port’s Communications and Special Projects Manager.
The new site has e-commerce features in place, such as online sales of Event Site season parking passes (available in May), and reservations booking of the Marina picnic shelter and Port conference room. Later this year, an interface with the new electronic tolling system software currently under development by P-Square Solutions will allow real-time BreezeBy account management.
Dee Holzman of Gorge Web Design relayed that the new site will also streamline email communications. In addition to BreezeBy customers’ traffic alerts for bridge closures, subscribers may join a general interest or Port News list, and contractors can sign up to receive bid notifications in the new RFP Bid Center.
The new site’s main navigation menu includes links for the Bridge, Industrial Development, Airport, Marina, and Recreation. The Bridge pages include traffic alerts and announcements, BreezeBy Electronic Tolling and general information. The Waterfront Recreation section includes visitor information, links to Port-approved watersport schools and concessions, seasonal Event Site parking pass sales, upcoming events, current wind info, a live marine traffic map, and links to live weather cameras. The Airport section offers information on the Airport Master Plan, T-Hangar spaces, pilot information, and events. Marina pages include moorage information, Marina rules and regulations, cruise ship docking, information on the Marina Master Plan, waterfront access zone map, picnic shelter reservations and more. The Industrial Development pages include general information plus specific project data on activities like Lot 1 Development and Lower Mill Site Redevelopment.
Scholl expressed her appreciation to Holzman for completing the project on schedule and under budget, and also thanked Richard Hallman, Blaine Franger, and Judy Newman of WAAAM for their contributions of photography for the website.
Gorge Web Design offers fully customized website solutions that are easy to navigate and responsive to mobile, tablet laptop and desktop devices.