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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fig Leaf Software launches new EPA Office of Water Web site

Fig Leaf Software worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to launch a brand new content managed Web site for the EPA Office of Water. The new Office of Water Web site is part of EPA's Open Government response - creating a better, more consistent and efficient experience for site visitors while enabling staff to have easy to use system for managing and contributing content.

The new site is built on a platform of Adobe ColdFusion and the CommonSpot Content Management System (CMS) a product of PaperThin, Inc. CommonSpot provides best of breed CMS capabilities and enables non-technical staff to quickly and easily create and maintain content each staff member is trusted with managing.

EPA provided a new design template to match the global design of the EPA Web site. Fig Leaf Software implemented the new site by setting up CommonSpot and building the necessary functionality for an engaging and meaningful user experience. Features include:
  • Quick Finder (such as access to info on Drinking Water, Beaches, Permits, Wetlands and more)
  • Flash Banner to promote key content areas (such as what the EPA is doing for the Gulf Oil Spill)
  • Tab based access to Water News, Blogs, Ground Water & Drinking Water, Water Science, Wastewater Management, Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds
  • Water News section
  • Regional Information by Zip Code
  • Site Highlights (including events calendar, map your waters, adopt your watershed and more)
  • A to Z index, Application and Database Quicklinks, What You Can Do section
  • Quick access to RSS News Feeds, Podcasts, EPA Mobile, News by Email and Widgets
Fig Leaf worked closely with the EPA OW to perform a content audit and prepare a plan for the content migration. Once the new site design and development was complete, Fig Leaf's team of Content Migration specialists migrated all of the content to the new http://water.epa.gov Web site. Once the content migration was complete and fully tested, the EPA was able to take the site live.

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