Fallen Marines Remebered Through Redesigned Site

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In April of 1975 during the last days of the Vietnam War, Embassy Marines were ordered to evacuate the Embassy before enemy forces overtook the Saigon. During this evacuation, two Marines, Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr. and Lance Corporal Darwin L. Judge, became the last American representatives to die in the Vietnam War. The Fall of Saigon Marines Association built the fallofsaigon.org site to honor them and to tell their own stories during those last days in Vietnam. After several years the site had become a valuable resource for students, news outlets such as CNN and the History Channel, and historians because of all the valuable information it contains. Unfortunately at the over time, the site had become cluttered and unmaintainable and needed someone to step in and maintain it. The sites second purpose was to provide information and collect funds for the 2 scholarships handed out each year to deserving students in honor of Charles McMahon, Jr. and Lance Corporal Darwin L. Judge sacrifices.', 'Fallen Marines Remebered Through Redesigned Site', 'fallen-marines-remebered-through-redesigned-site', 6, '

In April of 1975 during the last days of the Vietnam War, Embassy Marines were ordered to evacuate the Embassy before enemy forces overtook the Saigon. During this evacuation, two Marines, Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr. and Lance Corporal Darwin L. Judge, became the last American representatives to die in the Vietnam War. The Fall of Saigon Marines Association built the fallofsaigon.org site to honor them and to tell their own stories during those last days in Vietnam. After several years the site had become a valuable resource for students, news outlets such as CNN and the History Channel, and historians because of all the valuable information it contains. Unfortunately at the over time, the site had become cluttered and unmaintainable and needed someone to step in and maintain it. The sites second purpose was to provide information and collect funds for the 2 scholarships handed out each year to deserving students in honor of Charles McMahon, Jr. and Lance Corporal Darwin L. Judge sacrifices.

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One major problem, facing fallofsaifgon.org redesign, was the vast amount of content and how to organize it and create a menu to allow visitors to easily navigate through the site. A standard menu would not be able to handle the large amount of links. The site was also built using "framesets". Each section of the site was made up of individual frames. This type of html document or design was seen in the very early days of website development and quickly considered NOT the best practice. The site also had no logo or "real" design to it.

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Boston Web Solutions gave fallofsaigon.org a new look and feel. Going with a red, white and blue theme, we organized the content into 3 groups - history, Association information, news outlet. Because a standard menu would not be able to contain all the links needed, we created what is commonly referred to as a mega menu. Most commonly seen on retail sites, they allow a large number of links to be displayed in a way that is easiest for a visitor to navigate. We opened a PayPal account and added a donation button to the site so they can collect donations through credit cards along with checks. Added photo galleries and images that represented the incredible events that unfolded.

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As a result, Fall of Saigon Association has a great new look, easy to navigate, and research the events know as the Fall of Saigon. Here is a testimonial: "Joe's work on behalf of our veterans organization transformed our 15-year old, then neglected, website into the premier website now used by students, historians and journalists seeking first-hand accounts and information about a seminal historical event in our nation's history."

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Ken Crouse, Secretary Fall of Saigon Marines Association

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Before: www.fallofsaigon.org/orig/ After: www.fallofsaigon.org

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