As a follow up to this month's Web coordinators meeting, here's an update on the EERE Web site redesign project:
Earlier this year, we shared that the EERE Web site redesign advisory team and TAO management have reviewed and approved the wireframes and design for the new program template. The Solar Energy Technologies Program is our pilot project for identifying and working through all the details and questions related to migrating to the new template. The lessons learned from this pilot implementation will inform our process and schedule for rolling out the new template to all of EERE's programs. Please expect to hear more about our implementation plan later this spring and into the summer.
Many of you know that a couple of weeks ago the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program launched a redesigned Web site. The new WIP site includes many design elements of the new program template, but the new site isn't *in* the new template. When rolled out later this summer, the new template will introduce more enhancements, such as moving the search box inside the green banner, replacing image-based navigation with text-based navigation, and simplifying the footer links.
Our work on the phase II landing pages also continues. In the next couple of months, we plan to launch the buildings, vehicles, industry, wind, water, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen and fuel cells topic pages, which will reflect the feedback we've received from programs and other stakeholder groups.
At the same time, we're also working on a usability testing plan, which includes recruiting EERE Web site users to help identify opportunities to further improve the home page, landing pages, and program template. Our intent is to employ user-centered design practices throughout the entire life cycle of EERE's Web presence and make ongoing, iterative updates that improve the user experience.
One last note: The EERE Web site audience analysis report is in its final stages, and we expect to share the results at our June Web coordinators meeting.
Thanks for your continued support. As always, please feel free to contact Chris Stewart or leave a comment to this blog post with any questions or ideas.