A belated congratulations to the Rural History and Culture Association of Saskatchewan, who implemented a re-launch of their site in early December. Eighteen months after their quick initial launch they re-evaluated their focus, tweaked the design and re-did the content based on a narrowed purpose. I believe they capture the essence of their work very well on the new site. As an added bonus, their new Roads Less Travelled gallery section nicely highlights some of the geography and landmarks of the region. [Full disclosure — I provide hosting, development and technical assistance for rhcask.ca].
The RHCA is an example how you can create a site, make mistakes, grow and learn. Creating the perfect site is not likely to happen for anyone, least of all groups with limited resources and experiences. As your experience builds, though, you let go of a lot of the preconceived notions of how a site should look and navigate, what information you should have and where it should be, and the idea that your site is simply a billboard on the web.