The goal of the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) website was to make information more readily available to target audience groups, including specific regional users, with up-to-date, searchable content that is easy to find, digest and read. User experience will be improved from a four-level deep structure to a three-level deep structure.
After working with the Strathcona Recreation Complex and Connected Coast, the SRD came to us asking for support in overhauling their regional district website. The existing site was slow, and difficult to search for content, forms agendas and minutes and other public-facing information and documents.
The look of the site was dated, and inconsistent with new branding.
What We Did:
We redeveloped a comprehensive site design that allowed for backend functionality to manage site-wide alerts, electoral area notices, and news and events that could be fed into the individual electoral area pages. The idea was to provide dissemination of information with the least amount of work. By allowing for certain information to be spread through the website, the resources needed from the SRD to update the site, and provide the relevant information to residents, was made more efficient.
Tools & Techniques
- Custom post types for inputting and sharing PDFs, agendas, minutes, files and links
- Custom notifications and alerts to feature on certain areas of the website
- News and Events blog-style functionality with categories to disseminate to their appropriate electoral areas
- Site-wide search functionality
- Feedback has been great, and we are currently continuing our work with the SRD to further develop the various department’s presence on the website. As the original site was not tracking data, we have installed Google Analytics, to track traffic and audience behaviour in the coming months.