Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Making History: Exciting Changes for Vahistorical.org

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Making History: Exciting Changes for Vahistorical.org

Article excerpt

In May 2012, the Virginia Historical Society began a journey to redesign its website. The existing site had served its purpose for more than ten years but was beginning to show its age. Technology has changed dramatically since the first version of www.vahistorical.org was created. More people are using smart phones and tablets to access the internet. The time had come for the VHS to change its website so it could more effectively meet the needs of its users.

The VHS web team worked closely with Cogapp, a digital media firm from Brighton, England, to develop a new website that would have a user-centered design and would allow online visitors to navigate easily through the site to explore Virginia history.

Cogapp met with members of our staff and website users in May and September 2012 to research how our site was being used, to discuss problems that users were having with it, and to propose solutions. We conducted surveys on our website and also had one-on-one usability testing sessions, where we met with website visitors and learned how they were using the site, what they are looking for, and how we could improve their online experience.

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The site really peels back a layer and lets people see inside the VHS. Looking at the site, it makes me want to go there and explore. I could spend hours looking at everything on this site."

VHS online visitor

Key Benefits of New Website

Responsive design

* The new website is now viewable on different devices and platforms. …

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