Whenever a website is upgraded, there is a bit of a learning curve required. This site has been professionally designed by G4 Designhouse, Inc. and is easier to navigate than our previous website. Improvements will continue to be made in the content that is displayed. Admittedly, a lot of it is old and repetitive at this point. G4 Designhouse did not have much information to work with. As the site fills out, finding information you need will become easier.
To give you a head start, I want to give you a vision of how the site will be structured.
Like the old site, there will be a public and a member area. We are beginning to restructure both areas so that the front page – the page you initially reach when you click on a bookmark or type in the web address – is a little static information about UCOWF and a little dynamic information about current welfare fraud news. On the front page, there will be a link to a UCOWF Blog. Current posts to the blog will be visible in snippets at the bottom of the front page but the complete blog will be reached by clicking a link in the navigation bar at the top of the page. The blog will be visible to the public and members. The blog will have news articles about welfare fraud and commentary by UCOWF members on current topics.
The member home page – the landing page when you log in and click on Member Dashboard – will display contact information for UCOWF. It will also contain member announcements that will update as new announcements are created. Announcements are things like open periods for Conference Sponsorship applications, solicitations for UCOWF award nominations, UCOWF executive board announcements, and other similar announcements pertaining solely to the membership. This page will also include a link exclusively for members to pay their conference fee at the members’ rate.
The member home page will have links in the sidebars to search for members, renew membership and CWFI, for the Board of Directors, and for training materials we hope to have posted.
The Member Forum will have a separate sidebar box. The main forum categories will be displayed with a link to take you directly to that topic. I hope that the forum will be used more often than it was on the previous site. A members forum is a great vehicle for collaboration.
So that is the vision for the website. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to pass them to Paula Kingery and we’ll take a look at it and get you a response.