New Web site designed to benefit town

PERU - It's been said you can have the best Web site in the world, but if no one knows about it, it doesn't matter.

In an effort to avoid that, the town of Peru is spreading the word about it's recently redesigned Web site, www.perutown.com.

Town resident Donald F. McBrayer was selected by the town about two months ago to take the town's previous Web site and mold it into a more attractive and user-friendly site that would appeal to residents and those from out of town.

"I was attending a town board meeting when the supervisor [Donald A. Covel Jr.] said they were looking for someone who knew how to redesign Web sites," said McBrayer. "I knew a little about that, so I agreed."

McBrayer began working on development of the new site in his spare time, pulling information from the old site and meeting with various town department heads to see what information they wanted to include and exclude.

Overall, about 30-40 hours went into the project, he said, including taking photographs and utilizing submitted photographs to further dress up the site. In the end, the site was relaunched containing a list of town departments, recent municipal board meeting minutes, a listing of local events, and even a historical background on the town, complete with old photographs.

"We wanted the people of Peru to be able to access up-to-date information concerning as many parts of this town as they could," said McBrayer. "Our Web site needed to look professional, up-to-date and attractive. We also wanted it to be easy-to-use, so anybody coming to the site looking for information could access it without much struggle."

The end result is one pleasing to Covel, who said renovating the Web site has been a project in the works for a number of years.

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