For years, members of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce have been networking through the weekly Coffee Club and the monthly luncheon and mixer events. Now, thanks to a complete overhall of its Web site, members can more easily connect in cyberspace.


"They're liking it," chamber executive director Yvonne Woytovich said of member response to the improvements. "They're liking it a lot."


Not only does the site have a more professional appearance, but it has several new features designed to be more user-friendly. The interface is simpler to navigate, an improved search engine enables users to more easily find articles and information, and on-site advertising is more beneficial to advertisers and visitors, Woytovich said.


With a completely new template purchased from a vendor specializing in online business-to-business Web and software solutions, Woytovich has nearly complete control of Web site content and appearance.


"Now we can change information on the fly," she said.


The new home page buttons not only look different, but they reflect what chamber members really want. Web visitors can now click on "About Hesperia," "Chamber Information," "Visitor Information," "Legislative Information," "Local Government," "Calendar of Events," "Relocation Information," "Useful Links," "Members Only" or "Newsletter."


And each category has a greater depth of information and services. When members click on a Calendar of Events listing - such as the luncheon, for instance - they can sign up for the event on the spot. Directions and other information are also readily available.


To enter the Members Only area, a member types in his or her user name and password. When they're logged in, members have access to numerous services such as surveys and a job center.


Important web-based statistics also can be tracked, including the number of clicks and unique visitors to a member's listing or advertiser's banner ad. And, she said, "the business directory makes more sense now, and the search feature is a lot more accurate."


Woytovich discovered the new Web template service while perusing other chambers' Web sites.


One of the few negatives to the Web site changes, however, is that the chamber had to give up its previous domain name.


"The biggest problem is the Google search," she said. "The new site doesn't come up."


But Chamber members have been informed of the change, and the number of Web site visits is increasing. And that's leading to good things for chamber members.


"People can find what they're looking for," Woytovich said. "It's an incredible system."


The view the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce's new Web site, log onto www.hesperiacc.com.