Hi there again
Whilst immediate development on the main website is currently being concentrated on the eventual redesign, there is unlikely to be any major further developments visible until early 2009.
In the meantime, however, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the new micro-site for St.Helens Council’s “Go Active” Leisure Services.
The new site follows refreshed branding set up to represent the service as a whole which will soon be visible across all leisure centres.
This is the first version of the site, which will soon offer online bookings. You can also find the centre nearest to your address with a google map.
On the subject of mapping, there is now a new mapping services page on the Council website. From here you can get information on both Google and PlanWeb OS platforms. There are also links to help pages for both systems.
What do you think of the page? Do the various map options work OK in your browsers? What else would you like to see us use mapping for?
Also, please don’t forget to join our Web Consultation Group, to make sure you have your say in the redesign of the Council website. Simply leave a comment on this blog or email us to take part.
Thanks for visiting the blog.
The latest feature on the website is the addition of the latest jobs feed.
Whenever a new job vacancy is added online, the feed will be updated. If you’re interested in receiving the latest on all job vacancies at St.Helens Council, set your browser or aggregator to read it. You can get to it from the front page of the site, at the top of the “Popular Links” section.
As with all of our feeds, all updates will be sent through our Twitter feed.
We are also progressing with a proposal for the redesign of the site. Don’t forgot to joing our consultation group where you can get a preview on the new design and give us your feed back on what you think. As before, to get involved, just leave us a comment here or simply email us.
Also, please do let us know any comments you have about the site or any suggestions as to how we can improve our online services.
Thanks again for visiting our blog. We’ve had over 1200 visits since we started, so thanks a lot for your continued support.
As phase 1 of the redevelopment of the website is now completed, we’re now looking towards the major redesign.
Our Web Team are in the process of putting three designs together for what the site will look like early next year (hopefully late February – March) and, from December, we need you to help us choose the best one.
To that end, we’re setting up a Website Consultation Group of users. The consultation will take place exclusively online with a discussion group hosted by ning.com. Anyone can join the group, but you will need to register with us first so we can set you up with a password.
By joining the group, you will be given access to the three prototype sites and invited to share your comments on the forums based on:
- General design
- Online services
To register with us, either leave a comment on this blog or email us.
For more information on what’s involved, again, please email us or call 01744 671609.
We anticipate that the consultation process will begin at the beginning of December, so please do join up soon.
New updates to the website today include the addition of an events feed to the front page. You will now be able to see a quick snapshot of the variety of events that are on today, throughout the Borough. The data in this section is fed automatically from our constantly updated events database.
We’ve also added a link to our friendfeed in our “Interact with Us” section. If you’re on friendfeed, you can now follow all of our social media updates in one place. Currently it’s reading everything from Councillors’ Blogs, Twitter, Identica and Flickr.
Bar ironing out one or two minor glitches, phase 1 of the redevelopment of the site is now very nearly complete. As such, we’ll very soon be asking for volunteers to take part in our consultation to help us decide on a new design and test new features. If you’d be interested in taking part, please leave us a comment on the blog or simply email us.
Also, of course, let us know what you think of the new features to the site. Does the events feed work OK in your browser? Do you think it’s a useful feature?
As always, we look forward to receiving your comments.
Thanks for visiting.
The St.Helens Council website is experiencing some issues today. We believe it’s a problem with our hosting company. The service has been intermittent throughout the day.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. We hope it should all be back up and running OK in the morning.
You can of course still contact us here or via our twitter feed if necessary.
Hi there again
First of all, thanks a lot to everyone who has commented on the blog this last week. I think we’ve all started to have a very useful discussion. So keep visiting and keep commenting!
Thanks especially for your practical comments on the page header we put up this week. They’ve all been taken into account for the overall redesign and they’ve been really useful in ironing out a few issues we’ve had with it this week.
As way of an update this week:
– Councillors’ blogs. These aren’t actually within the site as such at the moment. However a microsite called Councillors online has been up now for some time. Currently we have 2 Councillors blogging and we received our first comment back this week. Please pay them a visit and leave a comment. What do you think of the site? Do you have any experience with producing Councillors’ blogs on your own sites?
– Our Flickr account is now up and running and features loads of really great shots of our Borough taken by various photographers. It will be continually updated. If you want to see what photos have been taken in your area, check out the map on which we’ve geotagged photos.
For your immediate perusal, here is an embedded slildeshow of our photostream:
Have you taken any shots of St.Helens? Feel free to add them to our photostream or add us as a contact on Flickr.
As usual, feel free to leave us any comments on this blog.
Thanks and have a great weekend.
Hi there again
This week’s new development on the website is our new page header image, featuring randomly generated photos of the Borough of St.Helens.
The photography has been chosen to illustrate both iconic images of the Town Centre and also some images that show off the beauty and heritage of the entire wider Borough – currently including Rainford, Rainhill, Car Mill, Denton’s Green and Newton.
The header changes from page to page so you should get a different view of our Borough with every click.
What do you think? Does it work OK in your browser? What about the download times?
Do you prefer this header or the old montage image? What other images should we include? Do you have an image you’d like us to use?
Use the comments box or email us to let us know.
Thanks for visiting.
We’ve launched our new Where I Live section on the Council website.
It uses a Google map and postcode data to pin point your property and display all local services in the area. Using the Google map interface you can get the satellite imagery and walking / driving directions you’d normally see, plus lots of other things such as street works.
Please go try it out and let us know your comments or feedback.
Is there anything else we should include? Is some of the data not up to date? Use this blog to let us know.