Unveiling the New

By alison - December 12, 2011 (Updated: November 20, 2014)

The New

The New

If you’ve stopped by CheeseWeb in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. We’ve been talking about our site re-design on our Facebook page, but today we’re ready to officially unveil the brand new! Today, I’d like to highlight a few of the new features we’re especially pleased with.

First of all, you can see our lovely new logo, designed by the uber-talented Shea, at On a Budget Design. We wanted something bold and clean and she gave us exactly what we wanted!

In fact, our main goals, in re-designing CheeseWeb, were a clean design, and better organisation, making it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for. We reached out to our friends at MWL Development to advise us and implement the changes we were looking for and we think they did a fantastic job.

If you take a peek at our front page, you’ll see way less clutter. We’ve stream-lined our categories so you can find exactly what you are looking for.

New Categories

Roll over categories in the navigation bar to see our new, stream-lined categories.

The newest posts are still found in the slideshow at the top of the page. There are now two ways to view the older posts, on the home page. The default view shows a photo accompanied by a description of the post. If you click on the button that looks like a tic-tac-toe board, you can toggle to a photo only view.

Categories with text descriptions

View the categories with text descriptions or click the button (indicated here by the red arrow) to switch views

Below you can see the photo only view. If you hover your cursor over any of the photos, you can see the title of the post.

Post pages

Viewing the post pages without text (hover over a photo for the post title)

One of our favourite new features is the map of posts. (You’ll find it in the navigation bar beside the categories.) This little feature puts all of our destination specific posts on a google map.

Google Map of posts

See all of our travel posts on a map

If you click on any of the pins, on the map, you can see a preview of the post.

Post preview on map

See the title of the post, a photo and a short description

Want to know what we’ve written about in your neighbourhood? Zoom in and check it out. Wherever possible, we’ve used the exact address of the location. If you see a pin with a plus sign (+) in it, there are multiple posts for that location.

Zoom in for addresses

Zoom in for addresses and click the + for multiple posts

Just like in regular Google maps, you can also view the satellite image.

Satellite Map

Satellite Map

We’re really excited about these new feature and we hope you enjoy them too. Most of all, we hope this makes your experience on even better.

We’d love to hear your feed-back on the new site in the comments below or drop us an email. What do you love? What do you hate? Help us to continue to make CheeseWeb the best it can be and please help us spread the word!



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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Angela

    Angela December 12, 2011 at 14:07

    Lovely design, very classy and user-friendly 🙂

  2. Comment by Alison

    Alison December 12, 2011 at 15:15

    Thanks a lot Angela! I’m glad you like it!

  3. Comment by Amy

    Amy December 12, 2011 at 15:37

    It’s awesome! Love the map feature too. That is a great idea. Congrats you guys!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison December 12, 2011 at 16:26

      Thanks Amy! The map feature was something I fell in love with on Warren and Betsy’s site and Warren graciously installed it on CW for me. I love it too 🙂

  4. Comment by Betsy Talbot

    Betsy Talbot December 13, 2011 at 01:54

    Alison, I love the new logo, the crisp design, and the extra features you’ve added. I can’t wait until we return to Belgium to try out the map ourselves. And this is a great way to showcase your gorgeous photos. Love it!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison December 13, 2011 at 10:25

      Thanks Betsy, for all of your suggestions and feedback in the planning stages and your encouragement along the way! (And for loaning me your hubby to do all the hard work!)

  5. Comment by Evelyn Simpson

    Evelyn Simpson December 13, 2011 at 09:36

    The new site looks fantastic Alison. Well done!!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison December 13, 2011 at 10:26

      Thanks Evelyn! I had a fantastic team working on it this time around 🙂

  6. Comment by Edi Venturin

    Edi Venturin December 13, 2011 at 11:36


    • Comment by Alison


      Alison December 13, 2011 at 12:17

      Thanks Edi! I’m glad you like the new look 🙂

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