In newspaper parlance it's called "burying the lead" - placing the most important information in a less than prominent place within a story.

In newspaper parlance it's called "burying the lead" - placing the most important information in a less than prominent place within a story.

In updating and revising the website for the Clintonville Area Commission, District 2 representative Sarah Snyder sought to exhume the lead.

"My ultimate goal was to make the most up-to-date information available off that front page," Snyder said.

Such had not been the case with the old site. Sometimes, according to Snyder, the most current information would be pages deep.

Although the area commission paid to use the .com and .net Internet domain designations, the site Snyder wants people in the neighborhood to bookmark and visit often is www.clintonvilleareacommission.org.

"I have noticed that the agendas have been downloaded this month by a number of people, so I feel that people are already finding it and using it," Snyder said.

Which is why it's there, she added.

"I think the website's pretty vital, because even in the CAC there are so many committees and so many issues going on at any one time it really helps you pinpoint the issues you're interested in and makes them more accessible," Snyder said.

The multimedia instructional designer, who won a special election Dec. 5 of last year to replace Chris Gawronski, took it upon herself to upgrade and improve the commission's electronic presence.

"I'm not sure how many hours went into it," Snyder said. "I know it was quite a few."

She began working on the updated site back in March.

The improved website was built using a content management system, Snyder said, one of several she tested until finding what she considered to be the best for the commission's purposes, which is to make residents aware of upcoming events and the latest news relating to the advisory panel's activities.

Content management systems, according to the commission member, allow for even more components to be added to websites, including maps, calendars and rotating images. Some of these can be tacked on at no cost, while there is a charge for others.

"I am investigating making further enhancements to the site and I believe that those enhancements can be made using the free components," Snyder wrote in an e-mail to ThisWeek. "I do not anticipate that there will be any additional cost for the site.

"I think what's there is functioning very well, but there is the ability to add additional features over time and there are some things I'm looking at as maybe being possible for the future, but I really need to test them out thoroughly before I actually put them on the site," Snyder said in an interview.

"I'm still working out a few minor things," she added.

The upgrade makes it much easier to update the website, which the designer said she hopes will enable more information to be provided to Clintonville residents visiting the site.

"The important thing is that it helps people be more engaged," Snyder said. "If they can't make it to the public meetings they can still see the minutes, still see the agendas, still see some of the stories posted during the month from some of the committees."

In her greeting to visitors to the updated website, Snyder outlined just a few of the new features the improvement made available.

These include:

Quick, easy access to recently posted agendas, minutes, and documents

A date reminder window displaying the next two upcoming events from the CAC calendar

The CAC calendar now uses Google Calendars, providing maps and directions to meeting locations and the ability to copy events to your own personal calendar

Single-click buttons for e-mailing links to articles, printing articles and creating instant PDFs