A new era begins: OldCity.com
Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 9:37 am
As of January 10th, 2012, Old City Web Services has launched the new era of St. Augustine's most popular web portal. The new OldCity.com is now completed and has been launched in place of the old website. The remodel is complete!
So what does that mean for residents and tourists who visit the site?
We're still the best source of St. Augustine information on the web!
All of the resources and tools that make OldCity.com Northeast Florida's most popular web portal are still available on the new site. We've reorganized things a little bit just to make the site a tad more user friendly. Now you can easily search through one of our three main categories: Where to Stay, What to Do or The Community. In each section you'll find details that will help you plan your next vacation to St. Augustine (if you're visiting us from out of town) or find important community news and updates (if you're a local). Either way, OldCity.com is here to help you get the most out of St. Augustine!
Directories have been transferred to the new site as well.
One of our most popular tools, our informational directories, have also been moved to the new site including our lists of hotels & motels, restaurants and places of worship in the St. Augustine area. You can find quick links to them below to update your bookmarks:
You're now able to add events to the OldCity.com calendar.
Our interactive "Submit an Event" tool
now allows businesses and community organizations to easily submit upcoming events to our free community calendar. Once our staff looks them over and approves them, they will be added to the website for visitors to see. This is an excellent way to promote local events to thousands of visitors to OldCity.com.
So what does that mean for our advertisers?
Your existing advertising is live on the new website.
All of the advertising that was on the old website has been transferred to the new website, but we've made all the banners and expanded listings even bigger to get more attention for your ads. We also have new advertising opportunities available (including video ads), call if you're interested in more information.
New statistics will be available for advertising.
Your February hit reports will be a big change from what you've received in the past--in a very good way. Not only will you see the number of clicks on each of your advertisements, you will also see the number of times the page your ad appears on was viewed. Customers with Listings will also be able to see the number of clicks and views their basic listings received on the site.
Some pages were redirected to increase advertising views.
We studied our statistics for OldCity.com meticulously in the process of developing this new website and noticed that many of the sub-pagesweren't getting a lot of traffic. As a result, some sub-pages under a few of our categories have been redirected to the main category page in order to keep traffic more concentrated on the main category pages.
For example, the sub-pages for each business type under Area Businesses have been removed but all the listings that were on those pages are now categorized on the main Area Businesses page for easier use.
Our search engine rankings will be closely monitored.
Our SEO Specialist has gone through the website with a fine-tooth comb to make sure that our keywords and descriptions are transferred over to the new site. We have covered all of our bases and will closely monitor the stats after launch.
We hope you enjoy the new site and would love to hear your feedback through our Facebook or Twitter pages. It's been a long journey to reach this point in the process and we're so excited to bring a new site with new features to all of our supportive fans, visitors and advertisers.
St. Augustine named in National Geographic's Top Ten Cities for Christmas Light Displays
Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 11:14 am
The city of St. Augustine received a high honor this week as National Geographic named the city's Nights of Lights festival one of the Top Ten Place to See Holiday Lights in the world.
Not the U.S., not North America...the world.
St. Augustine was one of only two places in the U.S. (the other being Callaway Gardens in Georgia) that made the list along with major international cities such as Hong Kong, Vienna, and Madrid. A feature photo of the Lightner Museum, one of the city's best Nights of Lights vistas, decked out in its traditional holiday glow was included along with the article.
This tremendous honor for the Nation's Oldest City is a testament to how hard the city works to put on the display each year, which added an additional one million lights in 2011, bringing the total number of tiny white bulbs to three million. The nearly 20 year-old tradition was brought to life by local service organization SerToMa in the eighties, but did not become an official city celebration until a decade later. Since then, it has expanded in size, scope and staying power, now running from the Saturday before Thanksgiving through the end of January.
You can enjoy the Nights of Lights by trolley train, carriage, electric cart or on foot. The decorations also include an enormous Christmas tree in the city plaza surrounded with colorfully wrapped gifts -- it's the perfect spot for a family photo!
We hope you'll visit us soon to experience one of the world's greatest Christmas light displays. If you can't make it this year, start planning your trip for the winter of 2012!