New NESU.net website now open!
New NESU.net website now open!
NESU.net has been in the making since last autumn and has now been published. As the information content of the previous NESU.net website was rather limited, the main idea behind the new NESU.net website is to improve both NESU’s internal and external communication.
Most important features of Nesu.net
The most important features of the new NESU.net are:
- A calendar which includes all NESU events in the Nordic countries
Google calendar has been intergrated into NESU.net. Each NESU organization will mark their events in the calendar. This way there is always a place where all of the events can be found. Unconfirmed events are also marked but as private. Private events can only be seen by the boards / NESU representatives of the NESU organizations. This makes picking dates for events easier and helps avoiding overlapping events.
The integration of the calendar takes into account the different levels of the NESU organization. The individual page of each NESU organization contains a calendar showing only the organizations own events. On country level all of the events within the country are shown and in top level all of the NESU events around the Nordic countries are shown.
The calendar can easily be subscribed to another Google calendar, computer or phone. For further instructions on how to subscribe the calendar see the “Calender” page from the main menu.
The calendar will also hold the event locations. This is especially helpful for NESU people arriving from different cities. They can check the address on the go directly from their mobile phones and with a few clicks navigate to their destination.
- Up-to-date contact information for each NESU organization.
Now, for the first time there is a place which holds the contact information for each NESU organization. On the new website each NESU organization has their own page containing the contact information. All of the NESU organizations are provided with their user account so they can keep the contact information up to date. Each organization also has a nesu.net email (e.g. email@example.com).
- History of NESU can be found from a single public web site.
NESU.net gathers the historical information of NESU. It for example holds the information on how NESU has evolved through time and list of former NESU Conferences.
- One common channel of communication for all of the NESU organizations
Each organization (and the president of NESU) has their own page in the NESU.net website. There are several page types for different kind of content. Organizations can for example keep blogs or upload their minutes to the website. When new content is added it can be specified where it is on the site (front page, country parent page, organization’s page).
The website is open but there is still lot to do
Even though the NESU.net website is now open, it does not mean that it is completely ready. There is still lot to do both on the platform side and the content side.
Eventually the utility value of the new NESU.net website depends on the content provided and maintained by the different NESU organizations.
The main focus was on creating informative and easy to use website
The project has been quite challenging. Problems with the service provider and backing up the outdated forums have laid a shadow over the project. Also the organization structure of NESU and the nature of the activity have (turnover of the people charge) have put the pressure on the content management system of NESU.net.
Our main focus has been on creating a site which can be easily maintained without special technical skills and without massive training. This is important as the NESU organizations are geographically quite far apart from each other and this makes arranging training somewhat difficult.
We have tried to create a simple and informative page which is built on predetermined basic elements (such as calendar and navigations panels). In the future especially the appearance of the website should be developed further.
Thanks to everybody involved in the process
We would like thank everybody included in the making of the new NESU.net website. Special thanks to Juho Ikonen who has put great effort on setting up the platform of the website.
We wish that you find the new NESU.net website useful!
NESU Finland board ‘11-12
If have you development ideas on the website or additional information about the history of NESU please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.