Choosing a new look for the Council’s website is a challenging process with many things to take into consideration. Things such as:
- ease of navigation and access to relevant parts of the site
- accessibility (how readable it is for people with disabilities)
- how well it will work on a wide range of devices, from PCs to tablets to smartphones
- visual appeal
- compliance with various standards
- download speed
- and so on
Our first design ideas
The process started with an understanding of what we wanted to achieve through the design. Then we produced layouts using graphics software to create mock-ups of how the finished site will look, including examples of the home page, content pages and how it might look on mobile devices. To begin with, our web team created six completely different layouts, considering how they would look on different devices. Some of these initial designs are shown below. Click on any of the twelve images to see for a larger view.
Design 1: homepage (desktop)
Design 1: homepage (mobile)
Design 1: service page (desktop)
Design 1: service page (mobile)
Design 1: content page (desktop)
Design 2: homepage (desktop)
Design 2: content page (desktop)
Design 3: homepage (desktop)
Design 3: service page (desktop)
Design 3: content page (desktop)
Design 4: homepage (desktop)
Design 5: homepage (desktop)
Design 5: homepage (mobile)
Design 5: service page (desktop)
Design 5: content page (desktop)
The design idea we are now working with
Through a process of consultation and elimination and of tweaking the original design ideas, we finally arrived at the design that we thought best serves the purpose of the website. This is how the homepage looks in our new design: Continue reading Designing how our new website will look
We have started work on a redesign of our main website. The site will have a new structure and a new layout. We want to make the new website work for local people as well as it possibly can. So, we would like you to get involved in testing it and suggesting how you want it to work.
We have to redesign our website because the current site uses old software that we can no longer support. Our new website will be built using Umbraco, which is open source software. The new website is being developed by our web team, whereas the current site was developed by an external company. Bringing the website in-house means that in the future we will be able to react quickly if we have to change the design or how it works. Doing the website ourselves will also enable us to save money.
We are designing the website so it is easy to use whether you are using a smart phone, a tablet or a desktop computer. We are also going to improve the information on the website so that it is easy to find and understand.
When will the new website be ready?
We hope to have the first version of our new website ready by February 2016. This will be a “beta” version of the website and you will be able to test the website to see how it works, whether you like the layout and design, and whether the information on it is useful and easy to find. Our current website will still be available while this testing is done.
Would you like to help us?
Are you interested in helping us with our new website? We would like to hear from you if:
- you have any suggestions for what the new website should look like
- you have any suggestions for what you’d like to be able to do on the new website
- you have any comments about our current website or if you have any problems using it
- you would like to help test our new website
Continue reading Our new website: help us make it work for you