Elcom project staff worked together with the Council staff to determine how these sites would be set up.
It was decided that the Airport site would be built as a multi-site. This would allow it to be accessed via the main Council website backend interface, while maintaining a separate URL - www.dubboairport.com.au.
Livestock Markets and Showground would be built as sub-sites. These sites would share the look and feel of the main Council site, with separate colour schemes and branding. Their URLs would have the main Council site - www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au - as the first part of their URL.
Elcom delivered the end-to-end project including design concepts, scoping out technical specs and creating new page templates, as well as training on the content editing environment for up to 10 staff who are responsible for managing or creating site content.
Dubbo City Regional Airport
The new Airport site delivers information in an uncluttered, easily accessible and mobile responsive way.
As a multi-site, it maintains its own identity and URL. For visitors, it looks like a standalone site from the main Council site. However, it still shares a database of content and images with the main Council site, enabling administrators to manage and view content across both sites in one administration interface.
The same functionality that is accessible on the main Council website is also available on the Airport site. This includes the use of Dynamic Widgets for the ‘Latest News’. When a new page is created under the News folder, it is automatically and dynamically displayed as a new animated tile where the widget is placed – in this instance, on the homepage and the news section. Publishers can also tag content to appear for related categories with the Taxonomy Manager.
Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets and Dubbo Showground
The new sites have a refreshed look and feel to reflect the current Dubbo Regional Council branding - bright, engaging and lifestyle focused, appearing professional but approachable.
The main Council website templates form the basis of the sites, with their own corporate branding, colours, fonts and site structure being applied.
As a sub-site, visitors can identify both sites as being part of the main Council website. For administrators, they appear as subfolders under the main Council site folder structure.
Dubbo Regional Council Drought Hub
As of late 2019, following on from the successful launch of the original three sites, the Council engaged Elcom to create a sub-site for their Drought Hub. This provides a central point of information for Dubbo residents and tourists regarding the drought conditions in Dubbo. The website can be viewed at www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/droughthub