In an attempt to unify the presentation of information and provide a better service to the citizens of Benton County, the County websites were completely redesigned and rebuilt in 2012 and 2013. As a part of this effort, new functionality and behavior have been built into the web pages to make them more informative and easier to use.
The purpose of this page is to explain the layout features of Benton County websites and help you make full use of the features and functionality. If you have any questions about County websites that are not answered on this page, please feel free to contact the webmaster using our Contact page.
The Benton County Website Development Team
Benton County websites are designed to present information in a fluid display area, centered in your browser window, with a fixed minimum width and columns of fixed width on either side. This layout allows us a good balance of display control and functionality while simplifying maintenance and manageability. While the site is optimized to fit within a maximized browser window at 1024x768 resolution, it is intended to present well in higher resolutions.
What this means for you is that the display area used by the site will change as you resize your browser but will only shrink to a specified width. The arrangement of page elements will remain the same throughout your time browsing County websites. Exceptions to this occur when you select any link that goes to a PDF document, the presentation of which is controlled by your browser's configured PDF reader, or any link that goes to an image file (i.e., many of our maps). These items are not contained within our framework and will appear in their native format.
The common framework for information presentation on Benton County websites is composed of:
Information on Benton County websites is designed to be locatable in several ways.
The site logo and site identification are displayed in the top row of the page. These will remain static throughout the site. The image displayed on the right side will vary.
The lower part of the top row provides site-wide access to the site's search function on the left-hand side. In the center of your window, at the bottom of the top row, is the portal navigation menu. These menu items provide access to site content based on a functional breakdown of content. From left to right, these are:
Just below the top row, starting underneath the search box and growing across the window as necessary, you will see breadcrumbs outlining your position in the site as it relates to the structure of the published files. If you find yourself reading a file deep within the site, a single click can take you to the home page.
In the left column of the main display area is the site's main navigation. The navigation elements will change depending on the context of the section of the website you are browsing.
The main content area is where the information for the current topic will be displayed. This is the core content of the web page and the part that will change on every page you visit.
This column is used to display pertinent information, generally associated with the context of the web page you are viewing.
The page footer contains contact information on the department that owns the page you are viewing and a link to that department's contact page. On the right side of the footer you will find