History.org Redesign 2013
History.org is a very popular (over 4 million unique views a year) education-focused website with ten major sections and a vast body of high-quality content. The site’s audiences include the general public, teachers and students, Historic Area visitors, donors, and history lovers.
Awards: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 Outstanding Website WebAward, Web Marketing Association; 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 Gold Award, W³ Awards
Streamlined the home page and landing pages to enable a more direct path to the user's main area of interest. Created templates for a wide variety of layouts including landing and sublanding pages, multimedia and video, and topic filter pages.
Created CMS-style features
Before the option of using a CMS was available, I created various systems to enable similar features on the site such as dynamic navigation and related links. Using XML, XSLT, and ColdFusion, I created a dynamic, easy-to-update navigation system to deal with the unwieldy number of sections and links of the site. Related links content in the sidebar is populated by numerous XML files using a set of common tags.
Created modular CSS components
To enable consistent styling and easier page creation, I created reusable CSS components to be used in the site. A styleguide showed all of the options available, and included lessons and exercises on XML and XSLT.
Created a unique homepage for mobile visitors, and a mobile template for the inside pages of the site.