The right project team will come from an innovative and strategic website development company or organization with extensive experience with implementing information architecture solutions and web design. The firm will ideally have:
- Experience working with the non-profit and/or energy sectors;
- A history of designing complicated information architecture arrangements to maximize web user experience;
- Experience working internationally or with international and/or multicultural organizations;
- A collaborative work approach.
A successful bid must include the following. Any proposal that omits these components will not be entertained.
- Redesign of information architecture to permit easier access by different audiences to information on program activities; product profiles; and reports, tools, and other resources.
- Overhaul of visual design, including but not limited to implementation of new branding and development of complimentary design elements.
- Upgrade to, or build in, Sitecore 7.1 (or latest stable/recommended version at the time of upgrade).
- Ability to easily maintain and update content, and to change site structure according to any programmatic or strategic shifts.
The following components of the current SEAD website shall be retained or improved:
- “Ask an Expert” tool.
- Newsletter subscription form.
A mobile-compatible version is desirable for the new SEAD website, but is not essential to submitted proposals. This may be handled as separate initiative at a later date.
The new SEAD website shall also be compliant with section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CLASP is dedicated to the reduction of carbon emissions in all technology decisions. Solutions that have a demonstrable impact on reducing CLASP’s carbon footprint may be given favorable consideration. The current website is built on the Sitecore platform and running version 6.3.1 (rev. 110112). It is hosted on a server with an Intel Xeon X3450 2.66 GHz quad-core 8 thread processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 250GB 7200 hard drives in a RAID 1 array. The server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and SQL Server 2008 Standard R2 32/64bit.
SEAD’s current website maintenance provider has exclusive control over the code of the SEAD website. Cooperative work with this other vendor will be required should any of the existing code or content be transferred to the new website.
The new SEAD website must provide maximum data portability.