We launched the beta version of our website on Monday, 29 February 2016. Since then almost 2,000 people have visited the website, and many of those visitors have sent us very useful feedback about the website’s design and information.
What information is on the new website?
We have moved our most used information and online forms onto our new website. This makes up almost 50% of the content that we know needs moving. We’ll be moving the rest in the coming months. While reviewing our content we have also taken the opportunity to work with Council departments to rewrite web pages in plain English.
What to do if you can’t find what you’re looking for
If you haven’t found what you want on our new website, it is possible that we haven’t yet moved that content from our old website. Please try the website search. We’ve added a link to the bottom of the search results on our new website so that you can search our old site for the information.
Will there be broken links?
The way our new website makes web page addresses (known as URLs) is different to the way our old website worked. Every page on our new website has a different URL to the corresponding page on the old site. This means that all existing links to, or between, pages on our old website have now changed. Continue reading Making our new website live→
We are calling the new test site a “beta” version of the website. You will be able to tell if you are on the beta site because all pages on it will begin with beta.bradford.gov.uk and there is an orange “beta” label at the bottom left of every page.
We have already moved some of the high priority content onto the beta website and we will move other information over one section at a time. After all content has been moved on to the new site, and it has been thoroughly tested, we will switch off the old website. At this point the link starting with www will point to the new website and we won’t need the beta link anymore. We expect to do this in May.
The beta website is not yet fully finished. As well as moving the content over, there are some bits of functionality and design that we are still tweaking. But it is working well enough for you to test it while we refine it. We wanted to release the test version now so that you can give us your feedback and help us to make it work for you.
Try the new site now and give us your feedback
On every page of the new website you will see a box titled ‘Rate this page’. Please help us to make the website work for you, by using that link to give us feedback about your experience of using the new site. We would like to know if you are able to find what you want to find and do what you want to do.
The number of people who visit our current website on a smartphone or tablet has been growing for several years. We want to make sure our new website works well whatever device people use and we have been testing our new website on a variety of devices. You are welcome to do the same. If you have more than one type of device (for example a laptop and a smartphone) please feel free to test our beta website on both and tell us how you feel about each.