With a website that was nearly 15 years old, the users of The Office of the Ethics Commissioner of Alberta couldn’t find any information easily. Every page had a slightly different layout and menu that had to be updated manually, leaving many pages missing updates that others got. There was no search to speak of, and the layout was designed for a previous era of internet standards which included screens half the size of today’s. They needed an update.
The new, updated website was optimized for a wider variety of screens, and was built on a highly secure CMS (Content Management System) so that the site benefited from regimented templates and user-friendliness that made it much easier for an office of inexperienced web users to still maintain and add to the site’s content. Photography was sourced out to liven up the content and add visual interest, and a professional and politically neutral purple and grey palette was developed. Users could access exactly the information they needed without having to search extensively, and could trust that what they did find was up-to-date and reliable.