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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

US Navy Memorial Navy Log Launched on Acquia Drupal Platform

The Navy Log was rebuilt on the Acquia Drupal Platform to create a lasting legacy of honor that reaches across generations and tells the story of our Sea Service veterans. 

US Navy Memorial Website Home Page
The United States Navy Memorial, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the service of U.S. Navy veterans, selected Fig Leaf Software to redesign and redevelop the the Navy Log Website, an online application that tells the story of our nation's Sea Service veterans and connects warriors who have served in the United States Navy. In addition to improving the design, Fig Leaf was tasked with improving performance, security, and the overall user experience. Other goals of the website include the following: 
  • Create a lasting legacy that tells personal stories of U.S. Navy veterans
  • Provide educational value to families, friends of veterans, researchers and the general public
  • Connect active duty servicemen, former warriors, and their families to the Navy Memorial
  • Promote and expand the visibility of the Navy Memorial through the Navy Log
  • Provide a kiosk capability to allow visitors to the U.S. Navy Memorial to search the Navy Log and add content while visiting the physical location in Washington, DC
In order to help improve the performance of the Navy Log site, Fig Leaf Software migrated the application to the Drupal Content Management System on the Acquia platform.  Fig Leaf updated the database, built and implemented a Drupal Custom Module to support the Navy Log to better support public record searches.

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In order to simplify and improve the overall user experience, Fig Leaf designed a new menu structure and improved the log creation process by adding selective questions to help citizens quickly and easily add new records. The new improved log creation process streamlines production which will result in improved quality and quantity of log data than on the previous version of the site. 
To secure user privacy, the Fig Leaf creative team implemented a membership option, which permits visitors of the site to create Logs while keeping their personal information private. The team also created an option to submit edits to a Log for review; this feature keeps the Log site updated while maintaining security of the site.

With the help of Fig Leaf Software, the Navy Memorial was able to launch a fast, user friendly site, that enables its members and visitors to author, manage, and view content on the site efficiently. Some of the most notable features of the new site are:

  • Search for shipmates
  • Enter own or other’s service log
  • Review pending updates
  • Add photos and memories
  • Manage user profile
  • Send profiles to marketing database
  • Maintain auxiliary information 
The new accessibility allows the Navy Log to promote a lasting legacy by telling personal stories of sea service veterans, promoting and expanding visibility of the Navy Memorial, and providing educational value to its users. The updated features provided by Fig Leaf have enabled site viewers to locate information easily as well as virtually visit the Navy Memorial. Visitors and members of the website can quickly search for historical details and locate information on the plaque wall. Fig Leaf’s solution included a kiosk capability to allow visitors to the U.S. Navy Memorial to search the Navy Log and add content while visiting the physical location in Washington, DC.

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