The United States Mint today published more changes to its website at www.usmint.gov. Similar to past tweaks, these updates are designed to "improve the user experience" according to the bureau.
One major improvement includes a new website header. It offers an at-glance customer service telephone number, social networking links and quick access links to customer account and order status pages. It is also global, featured on every page within the website. In the past as an example, the U.S. Mint’s online store had a slightly different header than what was utilized on other parts of the website.
An updated website footer is also part of the U.S. Mint announced improvements. Identified as a quick index to major content areas, the footer offers a plethora of links to sections such as "Shop," "Product Schedule," "Customer Service" and "Newsroom."
One of the footer links takes visitors to the new "Learn" page. Officials at the U.S. Mint describe it this way:
"The new Learn page gathers links to all the coin resources and background information in one page. It is the front door to information about coin and medal programs, collecting, the coin creation process, our education program, our game-filled kids site, our history, and the artists who design and craft our coins."
The new page serves as a consolidation of previous website sections placing them in one location for easy reference.
Finally, a slight modification has occurred to the left-hand section of information pages. High-level pages feature links that mirror the content listed in the footer, making the website easier to navigate. The top link always returns visitors to the main category area that they are browsing.
All of these changes are live at www.usmint.gov.