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March 2010
The WPA website: with a new face and infrastructure

Levent Kuey, WPA Secretary GeneralLevent Kuey
WPA Secretary General
Editor, WPA Website

The WPA website is reconstructed and redesigned lately, aiming a website that is easy to browse for the users, easy to manage for the webmasters and editor, and with a higher quality content and aesthetics based on a well developed infrastructure.

Here, I would like to share with you briefly some of the improvements that took place.

From the perspective of the user:
The home page is shortened and packed, hence made suitable for a user’s eye to track. The content of the home page are now more systematic, and categorized. These will make it easier for the user to follow the content and give priority according to his/her own needs.

A lateral navigation and menu system is developed so that users can browse easier. For navigation aid a “breadcrumb trail system”, that gives users a way to keep track of their locations within programs or documents, is designed and applied so that users can know how they get there while browsing.

From the perspective of the infrastructure:
The infrastructure is categorized and the database is dynamically coded to manage articles, meetings, files or any item used in the site. All of the pages are now coded systematically and will be processed in HTML (hyper text markup language) format automatically.

A WCMS (Web Content Management System), which supports categorization and management of the content and makes it possible to create a sitemap, is built. All of the pages and contents are dynamically shown in their own templates. All the visuals and templates are relatively easy to modify.

A text editor, "WYSIWYG" (What You See is What You Get) is used on the administration area to decrease the amount of typos and similar mistakes and make it easier to add images, links, pdfs and/or Word documents to a page.

The interactive materials on the website such as images, pdfs and Word documents, are renamed and uploaded according to their locations in the main navigation. This new system of documents provides content usability in the website and also in the administration area.

Uploading process of new materials is now systematically designed also giving the opportunity of hosting interactive applications, such as video recordings, password protected areas, registration for applications and etc. Accordingly, a module is designed and added that supports videos and presentations for the section of “WPA E-Learning”.

Overall, a system that is easy to manage for the webmasters and editor/ secretaries, and easy to browse for the users with a higher quality infrastructure is built.

I am specially grateful to the WPA EC Members and our Administrator, Anna Engström, for their support and guidance. Our new webmasters, Hande Kiziltug and Cem Calistiran from the Istanbul based agency “Saglik Bahcesi” had been working for this project for more than 6 months with great enthusiasm and their skillful efforts are highly appreciated.

I hope the users of WPA website will continue to help us in improving the quality of our web site by sending their comments and suggestions.

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