The Website Sagas

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Dec 8, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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The Website Sagas

Current Site and New Site
-

2008

Dan Daly

July 17, 2008

Website Redesign

Personnel

Website Taskforce

Dan Daly


chair

Cathleen McCarthy

Lynn Paul

Dave Shirk

Contractors

Donna Bronson


graphic design

Jeff Nelson


website code

Motivation for Redesign


Existing site is:



Difficulty to navigate


Difficult to maintain


Update content


Add new pages


Lacks essential features


On
-
line registration for annual DCC Convention


Shopping Cart


to support on
-
line activities and sale of books
and literature


Support for multiple on
-
line discussion forums (e.g. a Young
Adult ACC forum)





Activity since Jan. 20, 2008



Board Input (1/20/2008) for
new

Website


Improve the color palate


More prominence for our signature blue color


Change of background (brown) color


Widen the screen display


Enhance readability of large text pages while minimizing scrolling


Agreement on design standards (4/8/2008)


Set to start new design (5/1/2008)


Disaster (5/7/2008) to current website


Accessing Community pages cause website to crash


Determine that problem is that site cannot find Community database


Serverside.net goes
incommunicado




Determine that Community database cannot be recovered


Serverside.net recommends that we take our business elsewhere


Note: No progress is being made on the
new

Website


Current

Website is moved to NetworkSolutions.com (7/7/2008)




Copy of Current Design


online

http://www.nodcc3.org/

What is different with this web design strategy?

Current NODCC Website

New
Joomla

based Website

Content Management System (CMS)

Easy to create

initial web pages

To create initial

page is time
-
consuming as a large script must be
installed, databases configured, and
templates created.

Changing

content requires expertise
and/or high level tool

Content

is dynamic and can be
changed with very simple tools

Difficult

to add new functions


requires new custom code

The CMS has many extensions that
can “plug in” for new functionality

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Home Page


Jan. 2008

Home Page
-

Selected Option 6


April 2008

View the New Design
-

online

http://www.nodcc2.org/nodcc2/

Status


Basic templates for Home Page and
follow
-
up pages


complete


Initial 4 pages have been done


Backend development


databases,
templates, plug
-
ins


should be complete
by July 26


Nelson will then show us how to load
additional content on the sites