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Maxwell Web site gets new look, gives users easier navigation options

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Following in the footsteps of the Air Force's official Web site, Maxwell Airmen may have noticed the new design to the installation Web site, www.maxwell.af.mil, effective Monday.

The migration of the Air Force's 315 public Web sites to a "clutter-free" template are scheduled to continue through the end of 2009.

The site transition to the current design was a product of readership surveys conducted in 2007 and more than a year of trials, where users deemed the old AF.mil site rich in content, but lacking in navigation simplicity, according to the Defense Media Activity.

The new design boasts fewer navigational links, the ability for a reader to comment on articles and improved video, slideshow and search capabilities. In addition, users may notice larger photos, more white space and increased technological capabilities.

According to DMA, the Air Force Public Web Program aims to standardize and consolidate all Air Force Web sites to ensure security while increasing performance and reducing redundancy.

Maxwell's installation Web site features Air University and 42nd Air Base Wing leadership biographies, unit and school information and current news articles affecting Maxwell Airmen and the community.

Since the official launch of www.maxwell.af.mil earlier this year, 65 percent of total viewers frequent the news section - totaling 1.9 million views, according to the Maxwell site statistics.

The media gallery offers photos, art and Air Force video and audio news clips. Commentaries from leadership on the installation and the Air Force are also available on the Maxwell home page.

Fifteen percent of all users visit the Maxwell photo gallery, as stated in the site statistics.

In addition to the Maxwell site, the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Civilian Development's Leader Magazine Online Web site at www.leaderonline.af.mil is also managed by Air University Public Affairs.

The site also transitioned Aug. 24 and provides current event articles, school briefs and photos for and about cadets in Air Force ROTC, JROTC, Officer Training School trainees and Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force detachments around the world.

For more information on the Maxwell site visit, www.maxwell.af.mil/questions/index.asp,  or email publicweb@maxwell.af.mil.