Welcome to a web-work in progress. Please come on in, and start poking around. When we realized that we were going to have to move out of our old site before a new one could be completed, we decided to get a roof and walls up, and then invite everyone in to help us finish the job. Over the next six or eight weeks the web team will be busy with a number of tasks that include:
- reviewing the information architecture (the way information is categorized) in an attempt to make information as easy to find as possible,
- working on a new flag for the top of the page (unless the current one is greeted with great acclaim)
- building a better calendar
- building a better church finder
- adding pages for which we currently lack essential information
- seeking your opinions on what we’ve done, and what we should do next.
Please give us your feedback by leaving a comment on this or any successive posting on this website creation blog, which is dedicated entirely to the development of the new episcopalchicago.org website. We will try to respond to in a timely fashion.
Here are a couple of questions to get the ball rolling:
- Do the names of the categories (Our Diocese, Our Work, etc.) work for you? Do they need subheads to make clearer what content lives in each section? Would other names work better?
- Are individual pages in the categories where you would expect to find them?
- Do you think the site serves the needs for regular users (who are likely to be Episcopalians who are involved in the life of the church) as well as those of seekers who are curious about the Diocese of Chicago and the Episcopal Church? (The lack of a church finder makes it hard to say a resounding yes to this question, but one is in the works.)
- What other comments do you have?
You will notice that this site has less content on it than the old site. That is mostly by design. An enormous amount of material can be archived on a web site, but the more material that is added, the harder individual pieces of information can be to find. Additionally, making space for every short-lived enterprise and fleeting initiative can dilute the focus on the diocese’s core commitments (Build the Church. Form the Faithful. Change the World.).
If you are looking for information about a particular program or ministry that was on the old site but isn’t on this one it is possible we are unaware of it, in which case we’d appreciate knowing about it. It is also possible that the program or ministry is inactive, or has no contact person or events or meetings scheduled in the foreseeable future, in which case we’d appreciate knowing about it once it becomes more active.
As a general rule, we did not include pages in the Our Diocese section if a commission or committee had become dormant, or nearly dormant, and we did not include pages in the Our Work section if visitors to the site could not participate in or benefit from an on-going diocesan-sponsored ministry. However, there are on-going diocesan sponsored ministries that don’t yet have a presence in this section, and if yours is one, please let us know.
That’s about it for now. Let’s talk.