NZ's Plant Life Receives On-Line Makeover
The plant life of New Zealand has never looked so good in an on-line makeover of the hugely popular NZ Plant Conservation Network website (www.nzpcn.org.nz).
Thanks to design work by Cerulean (www.cerulean.co.nz) and web development by Propel (www.propel.co.nz) the Network website has been refreshed to improve user access to the massive plant database.
This recent makeover has increased the size and clarity of the images, widened the website viewing window, optimised web searches using tablets such as the iPad. Feature plants have been added to the home page and a navigation bar has been included to help users explore the site.
It is nearly 10 years since the NZPCN’s website was launched and in that time it has grown to become an invaluable resource for anyone studying, growing, restoring and learning about native and exotic plants in New Zealand. Close to half a million visits are made to the website each year. The website now has 7,600 species pages, more than 23,000 photographs and over 1.4 million plant observations (and growing!). The website now includes vascular plants, liverworts, macroalgae, mosses and fungi. The most recent additions are the charophytes thanks to work by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and funded by the government’s TFBIS (Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems Programme).
This website redesign work is the first stage in implementing the Network’s new five-year website strategy that was published in 2012.
If you have additional ideas for improving the site please email them to the Network at email@example.com