2009-01-05 Web Design status meeting

Date: 
Monday, January 5, 2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Committee: 
Web Design
Agenda: 
  • Old Business:

1.Agenda modifications

2. Subteam status reports
* Business model (Ed)
* Content (Georgette)
* Technology (Walt)

3. Web redesign status
a. Trellon
* Deliverables outstanding ... are we done?
* Do we want to purchase a hunk of support/development time?
b. Specific action items requiring discussion. See http://new.nynjtc.net/meeting/actions -  backfill assignment dates, expected dates - refresh % done.
4. Review site with Josh Howard with focus on Join/Renew/Donate and Store (2:30 - 3:00) Add club membership if time (Walt)

5. Review launch plan and set goals for next week. See http://new.nynjtc.net/book/nynjtc-web-site-launch-plan

New Business:
Invite someone to next status meeting?

 

Attendees: 
Walt, Georgette, Ann, Ed, (Josh Howard)
Minutes: 
Old Business:

1.Agenda modifications

2. Subteam status reports
* Business model (Ed)

  • Action: Ed to contact Google re grants -- have heard nothing re our proposal
  • SSL certificates need renewal -- for 2009, Walt recommends getting second certificate or multidomain --approx $180. Action: Ed to respond to email from Walt with approval to buy.
  • Also Trellon wants final 10% but we aren't signed off yet.  Ann to contact Alonza re outstanding work.
  • Re block of support from Trellon so that they could help us get more done quicker? ... Walt to draft list; Ann/Ed to approach Trellon for work as part of strategy discussion.  Ann to set up strategy conversation.


* Content (Georgette)

  • Doug -- has images for us to process
  • Gayle -- Fahnestock, Hudson Highlands -- can do NYC next
  • Phil -- Catskills -- one park? or parts? Which parts? Wilderness units and Wild Forest units? Decision: Do as one park
  • Catherine -- finishing up volunteer forms; will present to committee Thursday; wants to attempt to create them herself, with Walt's help
  • Member clubs list -- Cal to update. To be done by 2/24. (not a database at present) Apply for membership form is in database but still needs theming (Action: add to todo list). Issue: process is two-step now; renewal differs from join. Action: add to phase II requirements (Ann)
  • Add action items to track completion of parks and hikes; map; photo (Ann)
  • What to do about Inside the TC line item on left -- change to My Groups. Also replace block at top to block at bottom in left (Login/My Groups/Contact Us/Site User Guide).
  • Can we improve way Google map zooms so it doesn't start in Africa? Walt to investigate. Action: Add in maps as phase IA-like activity. Need tutorial on how to do & train content volunteers.
  • Action: Walt to move directions next to map in database for ease of editing.

* Technology (Walt)

  • We are on the new server except for mailing lists. (From Dreamhost and OpenSource Hosting) -- hopefully today or tomorrow.
  • Resource space (photos) still to move across. Still unresolved -- photo credits question. Walt needs to copy Doug's photos into the right places. Georgette to get back to Doug on what will be done.
  • Need to do more Web forms, theming (e.g. register)
  • Backup not done yet for logical backup -- Walt addressing.
  • Action: Walt to add link to books somewhere.


3. Web redesign status
a. Trellon
* Deliverables outstanding ... are we done?  -- Not quite.
* Do we want to purchase a hunk of support/development time?  -- See above.
b. Specific action items requiring discussion. See http://new.nynjtc.net/meeting/actions

4. Review site with Josh Howard with focus on Join/Renew/Donate and Store (2:45 - 3:15)

  • Join/Renew -- motivational info missing still. Lou Leonardis has handout for new member packets --
  • Branding: use Trail Conference after using New York - New Jersey Trail Conference once. Action: Fix usage on site.
  • Get rid of + signs. Trellon still hasn't done that. (Ann to bug Alonza.) Also, get rid of .00 from values.
  • Need the page that's motivation and way to get to it, On Get Involved page, move Support Trails to top.
  • Get Involved -- needs membership items on drop down. Page will have case/benefits.
    Include link to case/benefits on fast path pages. Same approach on Donate page.
    Time frame: by end of month.
  • Partners: show logos and link to their sites.  Renewal form explains what a partner is.
  • Action: We need to review all tabs to make sure common fast paths are represented in drop downs.  (Walt, Georgette to do?)

Discussion of 10% discount. Josh opposes it. Walt feels it helps build contact list. Input from Membership & Development committee needed? Ed says no.  Ask Doug to describe rationale for 10% discount for registered users. Today -- if purchase from us, in db as prospect; automatically get e-walker but can unsubscribe.
(Action: ANN)

5. Review launch plan and set goals for next week. See http://new.nynjtc.net/book/nynjtc-web-site-launch-plan

  • Target: Public announcement March 1.

New Business:

  • Invite someone to next status meeting?  Invite regional reps to discuss posting information on the new Web site -- trail news, advocacy alerts, etc.
  • Status of member organizations -- need to validate info in database. Walt notes that "Find active" button on old site is broken.
  • Need process for getting email addresses from new site to ebase. (Action item)
  • Note that in Drupal, registered users cannot unregister themselves.

Next meeting is Jan. 12.

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