Hello everyone and welcome back to Everything Hamradio! In a recent ARRL Bulletin, read below, it appears that the FCC is going to be getting a brand spanking new revamped website. It is suppose to be easier to use, and search for things and be mobile friendly! It’s about time! I hope that it turns out to be all that they are saying it is going to be, and I hope they have a better experience with the website relaunch than they did with the server move. Here it is something like two months later and they are still having problems with the new servers! I wonder if it has anything to do with the whole government shutdown preparations that they are making?
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 35Â ARLB035
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CTÂ November 25, 2015
To all radio amateurs
ARLB035 Revamped FCC Website Expected to Debut on December 10
The FCC has announced that its large-scale website redesign will beÂ completed by December 10. The switch to the new site is set to beginÂ on December 10 at 0100 UTC and will be completed about 4 hoursÂ later.
“While the transition to the revamped site is expected to beÂ completed almost instantaneously, there will be an ongoing processÂ following this transition that will continue to involve userÂ feedback, fixes by the FCC’s Information Technology team, andÂ content updates by policy bureaus and offices,” the FCC said in aÂ November 24 Public Notice.
The FCC said the new website has been designed to provide “betterÂ functionality, an improved design, and better searchability andÂ navigability.” Earlier this year the Commission’s IT DepartmentÂ opened a beta-test version of the site, located atÂ https://prototype.fcc.gov/, and has been gathering user comments at,Â https://prototype.fcc.gov/eform/submit/feedback .
“Extensive user research revealed how the FCC could improve theÂ website’s information architecture to make content easier to find,”Â the Public Notice said. The FCC said its new website has beenÂ designed to operate on tablet and mobile device browsers with theÂ display optimization based upon the device. The site utilizes aÂ “toggle” navigation that allows visitors to browse either byÂ “Category” or “Bureau and Office.”
When the new site comes online, the familiar current FCC websiteÂ will no longer be available. The FCC said web pages and files onÂ transition.fcc.gov that have not already migrated to the new siteÂ will remain available, and existing bookmarks will be redirected toÂ the appropriate content on the new site. While the Commission hasÂ already upgraded some of its interactive systems, including theÂ Consumer Help Center, and is working toward improvements on similarÂ systems, including the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS),Â these systems will not be directly impacted by the December 10Â migration.
“This migration will impact the look and functionality of web pagesÂ that are coded in HTML and managed through a content managementÂ system, such as the homepage and individual bureau pages,” the FCCÂ Public Notice said. The FCC said the change to a new website designÂ was, in part, driven by a need to start using a more modern,Â open-source content management system to upgrade the site’s look andÂ architecture, and to transition to a system that is compatible withÂ the latest website innovations.
FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray has written blog postsÂ about the website development process, and the beta site has beenÂ publically available and soliciting feedback since April. TwoÂ additional public outreach sessions will be held before the DecemberÂ 10 changeover to explain the new site and its functionality toÂ interested stakeholders.
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