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A New Homepage, Highlighting Our Articles

July 29th, 2020 by Alex Zorach

We have freshly redesigned our homepage! The new page features recently updated plant articles, ecoregion articles, and ID/comparison guides, and a table of contents to navigate them.
A screenshot of the new homepage.

The aim of the redesign is to highlight recent changes to the site, including newly published and updated material. The goal is both to make the material more accessible, and to show how actively the site is being developed and how much unique material can be found here.

Lately, the material has been updated frequently, sometimes daily and certainly weekly. If you check the homepage often, you will see just how much progress is being made.

Behind-The-Scenes Improvements

The changes to the homepage utilize some groundwork that has other benefits. One of them is improving the system for cropping images, which enables a snippet to be more easily included in material that is shared on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

A screenshot of the new image format as being displayed on Facebook when sharing a plant article.

Prior to these changes, some of the site's images would display gracefully when articles were shared, but others would be awkwardly cropped or shown at a low resolution. Now, articles have a consistent crop dimension which is optimal for sharing, and which is chosen manually to display nicely. All new articles will use the new system, and it is just a matter of a few days before all older articles are moved to the new system.

We hope that improving the shareability of our articles can help our educational material reach a broader audience through social media.

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