ReliefWeb is the UN's main channel for sharing information and alerting the humanitarian community about crises around the world, with a million site visitors each month and six-figure email subscription rates. Early next year they will be launching a completely revamped version of their site — the first full overhaul in more than five years.
To help make sure that their dedicated users know about the changes that are coming and can take advantage of the improvements from day one, today the team at ReliefWeb launched a new communications effort around promoting the changes. Inspired by the way the folks at Twitter let the public know about their new design that they recently rolled out, the ReliefWeb team is helping their community of users get ready by showing off some of their new features and designs ahead of time with a new teaser site, video, and blog.
Screenshot of new teaser site.
Our team has been helping out on the strategy and tech side, and currently we're gearing up for the last big development push. We've really enjoyed working with ReliefWeb to come up with ways to improve the experience for users on the new site, and a lot of the effort has particularly gone into making sure the browsing experience is really fast. Speed matters in many ways for ReliefWeb's users. During a crisis, people need to quickly find the content that matters most to their work among the huge volume of reports that ReliefWeb publishes (150 a day on average), and often they're browsing on slower connections.
The ReliefWeb team will be talking more about the upcoming launch on their new blog, so keep an eye on that site for ongoing updates. We'll also be blogging more here in the months ahead about some of the details on the actual build process and application design. To get a more detailed tour of the new site designs and learn a little more about new features, check out the video on the teaser site.