You may have heard that the OUUC website (OUUC.org) is due for an update! We are currently finalizing a contract with a web designer, and it’s time to give you a better idea of what to expect during this process.
First, a clarification: This redesign will affect the OUUC website, which is OUUC.org and everything you find there, like past services and sermons, news or blog posts from Rev. Mary, staff information, updates on Faith in Action endeavors, and more. This will not affect OUUC Connect, which you might also know as Realm or the “members-only” area. If you’ve been experiencing some issues with OUUC Connect, please stay tuned! We have heard your request for support and are organizing some opportunities to learn more.
The website redesign process will happen in two phases. The first phase will change the look of the website and the important pages that visitors tend to use most frequently. This change will take effect in the next 2-3 months.
The second phase will change the remaining pages. We will make edits to outdated content, adjust some other features behind the scenes as needed, and make tweaks as needed so everything runs as smoothly as possible. The second phase will likely take another 3-4 months after the first phase.
Opportunities for Input:
We will be relying on your comments to ensure we address the issues you’ve experienced and make improvements throughout the site. First, we will request your feedback on a survey which will assess difficulties with the current website. What’s not working for you on OUUC.org? What’s difficult to find? Let us know on the upcoming survey.
You will also be invited to test the updates site when it goes live. We’ll want to know whether there are any glitches (which is natural when making structural changes to a website) and what our priorities should be in terms of ironing out any wrinkles.
Other opportunities for input may arise throughout this process. We will keep you updated and invite your feedback as we go.
The website designer we have chosen is Kelli Wise. She is a local independent web designer with years of experience. She is also already familiar with our current site and has helped us with troubleshooting and small updates in the past. She is also connected to OUUC through the quilt ministry. Kelli is very attentive to both design and function of websites, and she prioritizes simplicity, ease of use, and accessibility in both areas.
Finally, thank you for being patient and understanding through this process. I know it has been a long time coming, and many of you have been anticipating these changes for quite a while now. I also know some aspects of this change might seem scary or confusing. There will be ample support through this process and after it, so you can feel confident continuing to use the OUUC website and finding the resources you need.
Questions? Comments? Ideas? Concerns? My inbox is open!
Jo Sahlin (she/her, they/them)
OUUC Media Specialist