The Department of Education serves as the single repository of education data from school districts, state and community colleges & universities.
Having outgrown its previous website and platform as a result, the FDOE now required an updated website that:
The FDOE partnered with DigitalUs to craft a website solution that met all of its needs. To gain a better understanding of how the new website should be designed, DigitalUs met with and extensively interviewed FDOE staff and other key stakeholder groups. By developing an understanding of how users were interacting with the site, DigitalUs suggested restructuring the navigation around Centers of Excellence – Academics, Schools, Teaching, Accountability and Finance. Additionally, the site was designed to be more visually clean, with increased white space and a larger, easy-to-read font. DigitalUs also designed a “Fat Footer” with links to key pages that travels from page to page with the user.
The site was built with the enterprise content management system, Solodev CMS, and includes several custom functionality modules that make it easy for FDOE staff to keep site content fresh with news, images, videos and announcements. The site leverages responsive design, a technique used to make sure a website looks perfect across a whole range of screen sizes - whether on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a large desktop monitor.
The new FDOE site is ADA compliant and the improved navigation makes it easier for users to quickly find the most requested content. And because the site uses responsive design, it relies on a single instance of content, eliminating the need for a specific mobile version of the site. In fact, Google looks more favorably at responsively designed sites and rewards them in its search rankings.
DigitalUs migrated 3,500 pages of content from the previous site along with 20,000 total digital assets such as documents, images and media files. After the site was initially developed and populated with content, FDOE staff quickly learned the Solodev CMS and took full ownership by adding new sections, pages and content in preparation for launch.
Additionally, DigitalUs configured and provides ongoing management of the site’s robust hosting environment. Currently averaging nearly 30,000 users per day, the site was developed to scale in response to peak demand periods and has more than enough capacity to accommodate the aforementioned 100,000 concurrent users, when necessary.
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