Mega Insurance Company (“Mega Insurance”) is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in home and auto insurance. They hired Patrick Elward to assist with their Corporate Communications. This included developing pages for their intranet as well as publicly available web pages.
Mega Insurance had a section for their director’s pages that hosted photos and titles of each director (over 80 on 10 pages) and these were continually being updated. The old way used a lot of ‘cut and paste’ methods repeatedly and occasionally, errors would crop up on the finished pages.
Their system had two major flaws:
1. Each page had to show exactly nine directors (3 x 3) format. If any director left the company, many other pages were affected by it.
2. The pages were hard-coded with non-complaint (and problematic) HTML that was buggy and prone to poor rendering.
Patrick developed this new solution and it cut down on page updates from 1-2 hours to about 5 minutes. In addition, the spacing of images was much ‘cleaner’ on page.
Two major improvements:
1. Developed a fluid, database solution (Access 2000) that dynamically populated each page with nine directors in alphabetical order. (This takes care of the content issue and the ‘flow’ between pages)
2. Redesigned the pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for ease of page updates and eliminate HTML coding for layout and stylistic setup. (This takes care of style and layout. Permanently)
Patrick developed this new solution and it cut down on page updates from 1-2 hours to about 5 minutes. In addition, by separating content from layout, errors are reduced by only replacing new content without fear of ‘messing things up’.
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