Building a website that works both for the Greater Wellington team and the people of the Wellington region
Somar Digital teamed up with Greater Wellington Regional Council once again to design and develop the GW website. The goal with the new GW site was to give it a design refresh and to improve the user experience and overall performance of the site so that's it easy for the GW team to edit content and be engaging and user-friendly for the people of the Wellington region.
It's now much easier for users to find what they are looking for. The main navigation header is organised in a way that prioritises the types of things that users come to the GW site for, including parks, events, and specific information regarding the different Wellington regions. Search functionality has been improved as well so that there are multiple ways for users to find the page they are looking for.
Ease of use for admin
We worked closely with GW to make the CMS as easy to use for their admin as possible. The CMS has been set up in a way that means that admin get notifications when pages haven’t been updated every 6 months. Also, it's easy for admin to add and edit the content so that files can be organised in an efficient and user-friendly way. The new site is customisable in a way that works for our clients but they don’t have to worry about any changes breaking the site.
It was important to make the site engaging for the end user. The new GW site features micro-interactions throughout the site which adds an extra layer of engagement for the user to go along with an aesthetically pleasing design as well as relevant images and maps. The site features a lot of useful information for people of the Wellington region so we made sure that this information is presented in an engaging way while still being accessible.
Designed for everyone
Anyone and everyone need to be able to use the GW website. We used everything at our disposal, like the accessibility audit, user and performance testing to make sure that the site is user friendly for a diverse range of users. As is the case for all of our clients the project doesn't end once we've built the site. Once more users have had a chance to use the new site we'll work with GW to make improvements based on user feedback.