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
By Helen Valentine.