Almanac launches new website

The Almanac has launched a new website designed to make the content more readable and accessible.

The launch introduces new section pages for news, arts and entertainment and our bloggers. Sports and real estate continue to have their own pages.

The site has an improved presentation of the Town Square reader forum, which is intended to encourage greater community discussion on important local issues.

A new community calendar format makes event information easier to access.

"We've sought to organize the presentation of vast amounts of content in a way that is clean and simple," said Tom Gibboney, publisher of the Almanac.

"Like anything different, it will take time to get familiar with the new layout," he said. Additional tweaks and improvements will be made in the weeks ahead.

Readers are encouraged to provide their feedback and suggestions, as well as report any bugs or problems. Comments can be emailed to

In addition to the new design, the website features a number of new blogs by residents, who will discuss local politics, parenthood and other topics. More blogs will be added in the future.


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Posted by Tom Gibboney
publisher of The Almanac
on Oct 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Tom Gibboney is a registered user.

First, a caveat on our new site: It is a work in progress and there is undoubtedly much more work to do. We welcome your feedback.

If you see any part of the site that is not working or you believe could be improved, please let us know at

An earlier version of the site was launched in Mountain View in late August, and the Palo Alto Weekly site just went live earlier today.

Because of the immense amount of data (all of our content since 1994) that needed to be preserved and kept accessible, this has been a complex project. It has been a bit like renovating a large house, where we encountered various structural problems or challenges that had to be designed around.

Compromises abound in this type of project and perfection is well out of reach. With a small staff, our resources are limited, but a lot of thinking went into the improvements in how our content is organized and presented and we hope that they will help you and others get more out of our site and enable more engagement of more community members.

We consider this a dynamic process that involves you, our readers. We have accumulated many suggestions in our last major redesign in 2006 and implemented many of them. And as we hear ideas for improvement in the days and weeks ahead, we'll be making further changes.

As you share your feedback, please be as specific as possible with what you don't like and how you think it could be improved. We'll do our best to answer your questions and to respond to your suggestions.

Thanks for using the Almanac Online.

-- Tom Gibboney, Publisher of the Almanac

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Great job - thanks,


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

Excellent! Especially the Town Square Forum.

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Posted by Warren Slocum
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Congratulations on your new look and functionality! It's terrific!

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