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US Servas Website Overhaul - Add Your 2¢

January 17, 2024 2:53 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

by Bill Magargal

The tech team has begun the design phase for a refresh and update of the US Servas website (see OD article). The several goals for this three-month project include the overall appearance, ease-of-use, consistency, and overall website message and feel. We want our website to differentiate us from other travel groups, our commitment to peace, etc. We can really use your ideas and help with this project, so please consider the areas below where you can add your two cents. 

Marketing/Message - We want our website to convey the essence of what makes us different and defines who we are. Yes, we are a travel and hosting group, but then so is Couch Surfing. We are also a peace group, but so are many others. We want to appeal to younger people, but the fact is that most of our membership are retirees (logically so). Our site should include key phrases like "Slow Travel", "Off the tourist trail", "magic moments", "meeting people of like ethos", etc. Do you have ideas, or key phrases that might enrich our website? 

Overall Appearance - Many of us feel the current website is a bit stale. It also suffers from the initial learning curve involved with Wild Apricot, and implementation by multiple cooks with varied ideas, thus it feels a bit patched together. We've been using a color scheme of the green and orange used in the Servas logo, but ido we still want to? We need better photos to align with the theme and message we develop  

Functionality - This involves everything from menu design (verbiage, order, levels, clarity), mix of photos, graphics, text; having multiple ways to navigate the site, and consistency. We also need to improve functionality on cellphones, and make the site better for visually impaired people, i.e., fonts, colors, sizes, use of alternate text with photos.  

If you have any thoughts, ideas, concerns, etc. about this project please go to Volunteering and signup. If you would like to become part of the team working on the project, see the Help Wanted article in this issue.  Please do so by February 15th. Here are some things you can send us to help: 

  • Key Phrases - short phrases that capture what Servas means to you. 

  • Magic Moments - Bullet point type phrases or sentences that share some of the special moments you've experienced with Servas. 

  • Photos- We want some fresh, emotive, well-taken photos for use on the websitePlease send us a great photo you have taken that conveys what Servas is about. 

  • Problem Areas - Are there things about the website that don't make sense to you, or are difficult to use? Please let us know what they are. 

  • Appearance- Do you have thoughts about the website appearance, color schemes, general look and feel? Please give us your thoughts. 

  • General Ideas - Are there things missing from the site that you feel should be included? What other things should we be thinking about for this project? 

Please email your ideas, photos, comments, etc. to:


  • January 23, 2024 5:42 PM | Anonymous member
    I would like to see the REAL duration of membership. For instance: my profile says I am a member since 2021 when in fact I joined, and have been fairly active, since 1986.
    Also, it would be interesting to know how many national or international Servas conferences a member has attended. Just curious.
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    • January 24, 2024 12:49 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)
      A lot of us feel this way. Unfortunately, when our records were converted from the old system there was no clear way to determine the original membership date, so previous members were all set to the date the information was uploaded to the new system. We've considered allowing members to edit their date, but how do we them prevent rascals from entering misleading information, i.e. making it look like they have been members longer than they have been.
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      • January 24, 2024 7:04 PM | Anonymous member
        Bill, what do you think about allowing individuals to request there initial date to be updated with the confirmation of two there members who were members at the time?
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  • January 24, 2024 12:46 PM | Anonymous member
    How can I contribute a photo without going to the "volunteering" section? Post it here in the comments?
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    • January 24, 2024 12:54 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)
      Great question. Here we asked for ideas and photos, but have given no way to to that. Doh! Please email your photo to I will add that to the article.

      Thanks so much for your input!
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