Multiple Site Redesign: Customized Metadata, Centralized Search and Improved Collaboration
An existing team site was acting as a central hub for multiple team and cross-collaboration sites, but few were using it. A single client “gatekeeper” was uploading the majority of the files, but only that person understood the system. Many site pages and libraries were not being used. Confusing metadata terms frustrated new users. The site was out of date and needed current client site templates as well as updated technical features. Plaster Group was asked to provide expertise in developing customized metadata while improving the overall design and usability of cross-collaboration sites.
Plaster Group and the client working group empowered to make decisions for all affected departments planned the solution together. The primary “gatekeeper” played a key role, and additional input was solicited from other business users to ensure requirements met the needs of the entire team. After basic design decisions were made, Plaster Group worked with representatives to develop additional collaboration spaces, customized metadata, and add search functionality to unify the sites.
Plaster Group consultants developed a network of customized sites for individual teams, collaboration among teams, and a centralized search solution which ties them together. Key features include:
● 10 unique sites within four different site collections, allowing both unique customization and shared metadata
● A centralized search solution ensures all site information is leverageable across the organization
● Collaboration spaces for reports, literature and geographically specific content
● Shared site collection for three special interest teams
● Business and Leadership sub sites and general “all-hands” notes now housed on original team site
Our client’s web sites have a new user interface which is cleaner, more inviting, and encourages users from all backgrounds to contribute. In addition:
● An unobtrusive, minimal-icon web part allows users to easily find their frequently used sections
● Each team can create metadata specific to their needs. Attributes are easily expanded or retired with little impact to users
● A centralized reporting and literature library, with robust metadata, assists in both usability and findability
● The centralized search functionality within all sites was a big hit. It doesn’t matter if documents are housed in different virtual locations, people can still find them easily
● Search return allows users to maintain position on their site and not be taken to a generic search return window