Earlier this year I embarked on a journey to create a new website for my credit union. The mission: Help members and non-members alike compare our offerings and provide the necessary financial education needed to aide in their decision making process. The final product: a website that is both easy on the eyes and easily navigable for members and non-members.When I began this journey, I knew the two key components for success were staying organized and hitting deadlines. Both rang true as my team and I entered and completed each stage of the project, from initial research to design to the eventual testing and launch of our new site. If you’re considering taking on a new website project or have already committed to the thought, knowing what is in front of you will help take the pressure off. Here is a brief look at the steps my team and I took in developing and launching a successful website earlier this year:1. Do the Research – Choosing the right development partner couldn’t be more important. Understand what their capabilities are prior to signing on the dotted line to avoid complications further down the road. For us, that meant choosing a partner with a strong project manager, robust design skills (and the portfolio to prove it), and the staff who know the importance of being flexible and can handle any changes that may arise during the project.2. Assemble Your Team – For a more holistic viewpoint, we curated a group of credit union staff members from different departments who were able to outline how the new website could speak to the needs of members in relation to their respective areas.3. Develop a Content Plan – Since in today’s digital world, content is king, we knew we had to develop content that would not only speak to the value of our products, but be written in a way both members and nonmembers could understand. Outlining the benefits of each product prior to initializing content development proved invaluable.4. Don’t Settle on Design – As three initial designs were presented to us, we knew it was imperative to walk through each element and understand how each would function when fully built out. Thanks to a supportive development partner, we were able to ask a lot of questions and be confident in the decisions we made when taking elements from all three designs and combining them into what became our final product.5. Test, Test, Test – Once the staging link was handed off to us, we initialized Project All Hands on Deck. By enlisting our entire marketing team as well as members of our interdepartmental team, we were able to test and review every single element within the new site and provide detailed feedback to our development partner as to what was working, what needed attention, and what we felt could function better in a different way.6. Get Ready to Hit the Button – The idea of hitting the “live” button for me was one, after months of development, that felt surreal to me. Of course, this included moving all our files to our server and continuing to test until the very last moment, but for me, “going live” was something to take in and enjoy.Now that we have launched and the feedback we have received is nothing but positive, I can consider this project one for the books. But if I leave you with anything, it’s this. A website project is never over. Whether its adding new content or building upon functionality you enabled in phase one, a website is a living, breathing thing, which will always require your attention. Knowing this will ensure your members and non-members always have somewhere they can go to get the support they need. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sheila McGrath Sheila McGrath is the Marketing Technologist for Service Credit Union. In this position, she manages all aspects of website and email strategy and as well as implementation. Web: www.servicecu.org Details
The No. 6 University of Wisconsin football team (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) welcomed the Michigan State Spartans (4-3, 2-2) to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, and — similar to what the Badgers have done to most of their opponents this season — made them look like an FCS football team, sending the Spartans home with a 38–0 defeat.One of the arguments against the Badgers coming into the week was that, aside from their dominating performance against No. 16 Michigan, they hadn’t really played anyone truly threatening yet. Well, a team can only shut out so many opponents until they’re considered legit. After Saturday, it’s time the Badgers are accepted as so.As I did last week, here are three quick-fire stats via ESPN Stats & Info that give a historical context to how dominant this team has been:Head Coach Paul Chryst’s team is the first FBS team since Oklahoma in 1967 to have four shutouts in its first six games. Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s defense has surrendered only 29 points, the fewest allowed through six games since 1993 when Florida State allowed only 24. The Badgers’ point differential during the first half of games this season is 152–3. They outscored the Spartans 17–0 in the first half on Saturday, only conceding one first down and 38 total yards to Michigan State.The team’s dominance can be quantified in many ways, as shown above, and now they’ve finally played enough “actual teams” to finally gain recognition on a national stage.Football: Badgers beat down on SpartyThe biggest story of the day through the Badgers’ two opening drives? Jack Coan. Coan set an incredible pace for Read…Here are four takeaways from Saturday’s contest:Junior running back Jonathan Taylor had a sub-par game for his standards — 26 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns —but it didn’t matter because junior quarterback Jack Coan dominated the Spartan defense all day.It’s a wonderful — and somewhat surprising — sight to see a Badger quarterback take over a game when the running game doesn’t dominate as it usually does. Against a great Spartan defense on Saturday, this is exactly what happened, and is a great sign as the Badgers look ahead to matchups against No. 23 Iowa and No. 4 The Ohio State University in the coming weeks.Coan finished the game 18-for-21 for 180 yards, 8.6 yards-per-attempt and one touchdown. If not for tight end Jake Ferguson tripping during his free trot to the end zone in the first quarter and another pass down to the 1-yard line, Coan would’ve had three touchdowns.UW Athletics: An examination into argument over student-athlete compensationThe University of Wisconsin Athletics Department will likely face an issue in the coming years that is becoming more common Read…With Coan’s stellar play, the second takeaway from Saturday is that the Badgers have legitimate weapons outside.From junior Quintez Cephus’ 19-yard touchdown, to senior A.J. Taylor’s 10-yard catch on fourth down, to junior Danny Davis III’s ability to run after the catch, to junior Kendric Pryor’s crazy 66-yard rushing touchdown, this team has more artillery on the outside than it has in a long time.The third takeaway is that, yet again, this offensive line is the best in the country. Aside from one sack of Coan to end the first half, the line kept a clean pocket all day, opened space for Taylor and freshman Nakia Watson in the running game and seemingly haven’t lost a short-yardage battle all season.The fourth takeaway from Saturday is that Taylor aside, senior Zack Baun might be the team’s most valuable player thus far.Baun is the pass-rushing piece that the Badgers desperately needed coming into the season. But, Baun has also shown an ability to stop the opposing team’s run game and, on Saturday, took a Spartans’ pass back 34 yards for a touchdown.So far this season, Baun has recorded 26 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, seven total quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and one impressive pick-six.The Badgers are set to face Illinois on the road this weekend before their toughest two-game stretch of the season: away at No. 4 The Ohio State State and at home against No. 23 Iowa.
A MAJOR search operation is underway in the Carrick area of south west Donegal for a local man who has been missing for more than 48 hours.Donegal Mountain Rescue Team and local volunteers are searching the area when a man in his 30s was last seen on New Year’s Eve.The operation is extensive and widespread. MAJOR SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING MAN was last modified: January 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrickDMRTdonegalDonegal Dailysearch
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner estimates about 66,000 Clark County residents will be uninsured by Dec. 31, accounting for about 15 percent of the county’s population.For 40 hours a week, Jesse Wolff patrols the grounds of Vancouver’s PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, keeping a watchful eye over the patients receiving care and the staff treating them.The 26-year-old security guard’s job presents an unfortunate irony.The Type I diabetic is in desperate need of an insulin pump, but his employer, MetroWatch, doesn’t offer medical insurance. He makes too much money to qualify for state insurance programs. And he can’t afford to purchase insurance coverage or his medication on his own, Wolff said.Doctors told Wolff if he doesn’t get his diabetes under control, within a year he could face a coma or a stroke or heart attack.“It scares me,” he said.Wolff was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2008. Type I diabetes is when a person’s body is incapable of producing insulin. As a result, Type I diabetics must rely on insulin injections or an insulin pump, which delivers insulin 24 hours a day through a catheter placed under the skin.