Upcoming Website Upgrades
Dec 6, 2015
The first few drafts of this were very dry, standard, business-style announcements. However, that doesn’t work for me for our January update because I’m incredibly hyped with everything we’ll be rolling out in the New Year.
- First, and this is to me the big addition, we are adding patron-level website accounts with a bunch of features tacked on involving reading lists, the ability to import your owned books from Goodreads, and online tracking of your family’s Summer Reading Program progress.
- Featured event announcements are getting a huge facelift from the current slideshow arrangement to a grid containing more information (like location!); the events automatically update as time passes, and both archives and all future events will be available for your viewing.
- We’re getting more social! More content is able to be directly linked to social media – blogs, book clubs, book club meetings, local authors, local authors’ books, and the archival photos can be shared with a single click to your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts.
- On the technical side, we’re much more scalable and adaptable, so new content will roll out more easily.
- Some aspects of the calendar have been clarified, and it drops down from the menu now.
- All the contact forms are grouped together on the menu, whether you want to suggest a book for purchase, submit a volunteer application, or send in a comment.
- The overall style of the site is getting a facelift to a flat presentation.
- Automatic translation of content based on user location and language preferences.
- More events from across the entire region will be getting attention.
We’ll be releasing some screenshots in coming weeks. I hope you all will enjoy the changes as we continue to keep our online presence as close to cutting-edge as possible.