State will unveil upgraded Web site next month

State will unveil upgraded Web site next month

The State Department will give Web site users a new look by the end of next month, as it moves into the last phase of one of its largest Web development projects ever.

During Phase 1, which began last fall, the agency decided to change the look and usability of the site and integrate an automated content management system.

WorldCom Inc.'s Uunet began hosting the agency's site and hired Applied Theory Corp. of New York to adapt a content management system to the agency's existing hardware and servers.

'It's managing thousands and thousands of documents much more effectively,' said Colleen Hope, director of the office of electronic information in the bureau of public affairs at State.

Phase 2, started last month, will change the look of the site's front end while continuing to improve content management, officials said.

The content management system saves time for the department's 16 Web administrators by automating the information management, something that had to be done by hand before.

Hope said the public and the agency's 41 bureaus and offices will notice a significant difference in the ease and accuracy of information retrieval, as well as in the look of the site.

'It was getting unwieldy doing all of this by hand,' Hope said.

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