Designing or redesigning your website or intranet can be an intimidating process and the costs can easily get out of hand if you don't have a clear plan for the new site. Andornot can help you through the whole process with tasks such as:

  • Conducting a resource needs assessment of users to determine what information to include in a new site.
  • Developing an information architecture for the site - a logical organization of content, with a corresponding navigation system.
  • Preparing wireframes - simple designs showing placement of key elements on different types of pages (e.g. home page, section home page, content page).
  • Selecting a pre-created graphic design or developing one for you. Using a pre-built template, possibly with slight adjustments to the colour scheme and inclusion of your logo or photos, is usually more economical than designing one from scratch.
  • Inclusion of the latest social media tools, such as:
    • a blog to communicate up-to-the-minute information with your users;
    • an RSS feed and Twitter account to share shorter pieces of information;
    • a Facebook page and fan group;
    • photos posted to Flickr and videos to YouTube (e.g. of events hosted by your organization);
    • an email newsletter; and
    • an internal wiki for sharing knowledge.
  • Selecting appropriate content for the home page - the first page users see.
  • And of course integration of web applications such as the Andornot Discovery Interface, VuFind, Inmagic Genie, or solutions built with WebPublisher PRO and an Andornot Kit.

With this plan in place, Andornot can also build the site for you, as HTML pages, a .NET application, in a content management system, or your choice of technologies. Whenever practical, we develop with a responsive framework that adapts to mobile devices, and are accessible to all users, such as those with visual impairments using screen readers.

  • PRCVI Website
    The PRCVI website.
  • Interlink Website
    The Public Libraries InterLINK website.

Examples

The websites of Public Libraries InterLINK and the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired feature Andornot content organization and designs. 

Tools

To reduce cost and speed up development time, we often start with a modern framework such as Bootstrap or Zurb Foundation

To best manage website content, we recommend the Umbraco Content Management System, as well as the ever-popular WordPress. Omeka is also a great choice for building virtual exhibits.

"Our site needed updating for many years. The new site is much more user-friendly and is very easy to edit. Information is easier to find for our members and users, and will allow more control and diverse functionality for the AABC executive and contractors. We really like our new logo and how much the overall look and feel matches MemoryBC.ca. Andornot's knowledge of the BC archival community helped to make this project run smoothly." Jane Morrison, Archives Association of B.C. President

As experts in information organization and web applications, Andornot is a great partner to help with your website redesign. Contact us to discuss your project today.