New clothes for FSFE -- New website launched

Matthias Kirschner mk at
Fri Jan 14 15:49:58 UTC 2011

Hi all,

After months of work by FSFE’s Web Team [1] — and in the last weeks
especially by Sam Tuke [2] and Nicolas Jean [3]— a new website design
has been launched, bringing with it a fresh look, improved
infrastructure, and new features.

The process began more than a year ago, and several meetings, including
a Web Sprint in Berlin last October, were necessary to produce the
current version.

= New design =

The new design aims to be attractive as well as easier to navigate and
read. It is solidly based on FSFE’s existing graphical profile – colour
schemes, fonts, and layout have been carefully chosen to extend and
build upon FSFE’s logo, existing website design, and corporate branding.
Every thematic element is based on styles which already exist within
FSFE’s media.

= New features =

- iCal feed [4] of FSFE events and activities 
- Option to subscribe to FSFE newsletters in multiple languages 
- Tagging of news and events, allowing dynamic generation of information
  feeds for specific topics (useful for country pages, and topic
  home-pages such as ‘EU News’); documentation added [5]
- Improved country teams contact page [6], including more information
  and links to team member profiles 
- Improved people page [7], including avatars of team members 
- New meta-data storage and display system for published articles [8]
  which consistently presents important article information 
= Coming Soon =

Additional features soon to be added:

- Home-pages for national FSFE teams, such as the German and British
  teams, will be launched in the coming days, and shall include country
  specific news and events feeds with iCal support, team member
  information, and plugin support.
- Automated monthly donation options
- Fully integrated fellowship and planet websites, including design,
  structure, and sub-menu integration
- Improved support for mobile devices and low resolution screens
- Improved Our Work / Projects page

= Make your mark – Join the Web Team =

FSFE’s Web Team [9] needs help! We need new ideas and suggestions as well as
developers, designers
[10], and translators [11] to improve even further.

- Sign up to the Web Team’s mailing-list [12] to read discussion about
  current and future changes, and submit your own queries and comments
- Submit bugs with the website to the Web issue tracker [13] (you can
  create a new account, and remember that your usename will end with
- Ask questions in real time in the Web Team’s IRC channel: #fsfe-web
  <irc://> on freenode


Matthias Kirschner - Fellowship Coordinator, German Coordinator
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