Although we like to look fresh and current, this isn’t the driving force behind the present revamp of the ICT-KM Program’s website. Our focus continues to be on providing our audience with an easy-to navigate, content-rich site. You won’t find any unnecessary bells and whistles on the soon-to-be-launched site, but you will be able to locate content with ease, take advantage of our interactive features, and follow what we do.
The new site, along with our blog (currently free and hosted at wordpress.com), will soon be relocated to our own WordPress content management system (CMS). But don’t worry; we’ll still be reachable at ictkm.cgiar.org. The move means that our blog will be more visible and accessible than it is presently, with information about us and what we do cross-linked and cross-promoted across the site. In short, the new site will revolve around the blog, with lots of shortcuts to the social media we use the most, pictures, videos, twitter, etc. – all of which represent our overall approach to communication, outreach, being out there and interacting with like-minded people. Visitors will also be able to leave comments about the site content and contribute to the blog. This is the fun part of this new adventure.
However, our job is not just going to be more fun, it’s also going to be a whole lot easier for us behind the scenes. We are a small team at the Program, so we look forward to doing our housekeeping in one place, instead of managing two sites ( ictkm.cgiar.org and ictkm.wordpress.com). The CMS also means that will be faster and more accurate in keeping the site’s ‘stable’ content clean and fresh.
We’re all stat junkies at the Program, so we just love the idea that we’ll also be able to monitor and analyze traffic all at once. This means we’ll instantly gain more insight into how we’re doing on the Web and make adjustments accordingly.
What more could we possibly want? Well, we do have a little wish list:
- an even more loyal audience (not that we’re complaining about our present followers)
- more involvement from our audience in commenting, reviewing and sharing what we publish
- more visibility and attribution for our blog authors, who are going to have more space to express themselves
With the help of you, our audience, we hope to realize this list.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new site later this month. Check back soon for news of our launch date!