8 West Main Street, Danville, IN 46122


Contact: Josh Duke

DANVILLE, IN (April 20, 2015) -, which debuted last summer after months of work by Visit Hendricks County staff and Arizona-based site designer Simpleview, has won an Outstanding Website award.

The Internet Advertising Competition, developed by the Web Marketing Association 12 years ago to honor excellence in online advertising and recognize the individuals and organizations responsible for creating work, announced the honor last week. Criteria used by judges to name its top websites included creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, use of the medium and memorability. Visit Hendricks County was the only travel website in Indiana honored. Only six travel websites nationwide received the 2015 designation.

"Visitors and families looking for more information on Hendricks County, Indiana, will find their website captures the area's fun loving and hearty nature," the Internet Advertising Competition's site said on why was chosen for the award. "This website's design dynamically displays key features that are important to all visitors using the site."

Judges singled out the picture slider on the site's homepage that rotates between different snapshots of the destination and the customized ribbon near the top of the site that when clicked slides an entirely new page across the screen. They also liked many of the site's user-friendly tools including a table of meeting facility statistics, amenities and the integration of Google Maps.

Visit Hendricks County staff began working with site designer Simpleview on the new website at the start of 2014. Months of work led to the new site being launched July 22, 2014. The site averages more than 20,000 pageviews a month and uses vibrant colors and pictures and an easy-to-navigate interface to provide information about Hendricks County.

The site highlights the county's attractions, events, hotels and other visitor information with detailed listings, a robust Events Calendar that allows the user to search by topic, town, keyword or date and an active and visible blog called Hendricks County Insider in which local writers share their experiences with readers. The site also uses a responsive design to adjust to any device providing the best experience possible whether the site is visited by a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.