CMS update: Introducing a new text editor and user guide

clock September 25, 2009 15:13
In our post on August 3rd, we told you about the results of our CMS user survey, as well as the steps we are taking to address the issues that were raised. Since then, we've made some additional improvements that we'd like to share with you—you can now choose your text editor, and we've updated the CMS user guide. [More]

Developing Mobile Versions of your Sites

clock September 21, 2009 19:02
Clean Cities recently became the latest EERE Web site to develop a mobile site. This site, which is optimized for viewing on Web-enabled mobile devices, contains select information for people who want to quickly check key EERE transportation information while they're on the go. The site includes links to the Alternative Fueling Station Locator, Truck Stop Electrification Site Locator, and . [More]

The New Programs and Offices Link

clock September 15, 2009 18:02
A new link, called "Programs and Offices," is being added to the standard EERE template. This link is located in the upper right hand corner of the EERE template, beneath the search box and "EERE Information Center," and links to a short page that allows visitors to navigate to other EERE programs or offices. [More]

Template Interviews and Benchmarking Summary Reports

clock September 3, 2009 12:41
Last month marked a few key milestones related to redesigning The new banner images were populated throughout the site, and the EERE home page experienced a "facelift." We also completed our template interviews and benchmarking analysis. (See the July 29th update for a refresher on the redesign.)

Part of our initial work involved meeting and talking with nearly 40 stakeholders about their ideas and suggestions for improving the Web site template. The results of those discussions are described in the interview summary report (PDF 441 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Our process also included benchmarking about 20 federal, commercial, and non-profit Web sites. The results of that study are available in the benchmarking summary report (PDF 372 KB).

On Aug. 25, our redesign advisory team met to discuss the template interview findings. The group identified these priorities for the new template:

  • Examining improvements to top-level and global navigation

  • Improving users' access to Energy Savers consumer content

  • Providing a mobile-ready template

  • Exploring ways to increase the visibility of EERE's social media presence

  • Making it clear to users which collection of EERE Web files they're searching

During the next couple of months, we'll be drafting a new template wireframe. We're also drafting the new topic landing pages, which we'll review with the advisory team later this month.

As always, your suggestions and feedback are welcome. Please comment below or contact Chris Stewart. [More]