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Derry GAA website revamp - feedback welcome
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:24:36 PM »
I've started a new thread for this as I don't want to clog up the main thread

Hi folks our web team a currently undertaking a revamp of our county website.
We are very much aware that our online sources play an ever increasing role as source of people’s information regarding GAA activity in our county.  As you may be aware we have embarked on a couple of new undertakings this year such as our YouTube interview channel and the live twitter feed from intercounty games.
At the same time the guys at the Derry web team have been working very hard at revamping the county website and have completed the first phase of a new pilot site which can be viewed at the following link.
http://mercury.servers.rbl-mer.misp.co.uk/~derrygaa/

This is a preliminary version of the site which is designed to give you an idea of the look, feel and functionality, of the new site. All work done so far has been carried out on a voluntary basis by some very dedicated individuals.
We would very much welcome ideas from individuals and clubs as to the content and features they'd like to see going forward.
 
The key features of this development so far are -
  • A clear format for presenting news items to people in categorised form
    A easy to use framework underpinning the site giving anyone with basic IT skills (e.g. microsoft word) the ability to update the site. Hopefully this makes it less technical for people and will increase participation from an admin or contributor point of view.
    An embedded twitter feed publishing live updates from matches to the front page of the site
    An embedded club locator giving people the ability to find a route map and driving directions to any pitch in the county from anywhere else
    An embedded results and fixtures service hooked up to sportsmanager (as used by CCCC etc to publish fixtures and results)


You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that many of our most IT savvy Gaels frequent this site, therefore you are the perfect focus group for feedback.
Also we'd would very much welcome input and ideas from clubs and would call for volunteers from around the county interested in helping to keep this news service up to date to get in touch with us. If you could somehow communicate this information to individuals who would be keen to play a part in this it would be greatly appreciated.
Again, I would ask you to remember that we don't have some high-powered web company with a team of minions working on this, it's all being done by a couple of lads who are working very hard for absolutely no financial gain. Accordingly I'd ask that any criticism be constructive.

 
Thanks Chris

Oh and before you ask there won't be a guestbook, there's ample room on platform's like this for people to get things off their chest, and I honestly don't think it would be very constructive.

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Re: Derry GAA website revamp - feedback welcome
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2011, 05:14:30 PM »
Looks good Chris. As long as there's up to date fixtures then I'm happy. Seeing as there'll be the capability for non admin people to upload word doc's etc, then it might be a useful to have a weekly notes section where club pro's could upload into? This would be helpful for gaels aboard who don't have access to the local press. Keep up good work!

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2011, 11:15:12 PM »
the newer results feature is exellent, was much needed

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011, 08:15:09 AM »
if i was to say anything it would be perhaps to make the results/fixtures for club games a more focal point.

something very easy to access as i would say a lot of people headin onto the site are using it for that reason and in the current website it is not easily found unless you are familiar with the page
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 09:45:55 AM »
Could we have a Derry GAA mini game put up? Like one where you have to go for a point from 45m in Celtic Park? Extra points for a drop shot into the wind? I don't know that any Swatragh folk could bring themselves to shoot at all though, maybe we could cater to their natural instincts and include a virtual Ruari Convery for them to lump the ball onto?
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 10:06:47 AM »
Have had a look at it and my comments are:

On the header you have 'LATEST' probably should change to 'NEWS' or 'LATEST NEWS' because you have to look a second to figure out which one is news.

Also it could be an option to have a dropdown bar at the News, to have LATEST, and filtered sections for MENS FOOTBALL, HURLING, CAMOGIE, LADIES FOOTBALL and HANDBALL/ROUNDERS news etc. So someone interested in Hurling can just read all the hurling news etc..

On the 'CLUB' header, I think there is an opportunity to have a piece on each club here, possible a small paragraph, link to website, crest etc, under club records.

Under the COUNTY you should at least provide a option on the drop down for the CAMOGIE and LADIES FOOTBALL, it will give them a place to put stuff/news if they submit news items.

These are just some contructive comments, and hope some of them can be used.

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2011, 09:43:31 PM »
Thanks for the feedback folks suggestions are with webteam

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2011, 08:35:15 PM »
Thanks for the feedback folks suggestions are with webteam

Looks really good, Chris. Keep up the good work and thanks very much for the twitter updates on matches. Really apprecaiate your hard work.