Feeling a bit clunky and outdated since its initial launch several years ago, Hesperia's web site has been radically tweaked and streamlined into a virtually new Internet-based presence for the city.


"We're working toward it being an online city hall," said Hesperia public information officer Kelly Malloy, who presented new web site features to members of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon on Tuesday.


Featuring a more inviting and logical user interface, the new web site was redesigned with a diverse audience in mind. That's because people from all walks of life are hungering for information about Hesperia, Malloy said.


"We don't just have one specific group here."


Web designers also sought to make the new site both as simple, or complex, as visitors want it to be.


"We wanted to make it functional for every level of user," Malloy said. "You decide how involved you want to be on this web site."


A "briefcase" feature, which allows site visitors to collect pages like consumers might put items in a shopping cart, is the most notable new element, according to Malloy. When visitors are on a web page that contains information they would like to keep, they can simply click on the briefcase icon at the top right of the page. After collecting as many items as they like, the visitor can click on "My Briefcase" to create or send PDFs of the items.


The left pane has readily-accessible information. Contractors can select "Bids & Contracts" to learn about current business opportunities. "Connect CTY" enables users to contribute public messages. "Comments/Suggestions" offers a comment form on any city-related subject. "View Council Meetings" provides access to city council and planning commission meetings. And "Municipal Code" gives visitors access to all city ordinances.


Windows at the top of the web site contain a wealth of city-related information and lists including city departments, the city's organization chart, commissions and committees and city and affiliate departments and organizations.


On the bottom of the home page are Calendar of Events and Hesperia Headlines, which includes recent city news and emergency information alerts.


To learn more about the City of Hesperia web site, log onto cityofhesperia.us.