'''A not too complex summary of EEA website design and technology history''' 1996 Dec
The first EEA website is born. Classic frontpage for that time. The site uses "frames" to create layout and consistent navigation across site.
It was mainly a static site managed by one webmaster. The left menu is basically a "table of content". Note "Multimedia" in the navigation of the middle.
Publications, maps and various PDF documents are the main products.
In 1997, one year after, the EEA website gets a face-lifting. The document oriented and busy homepage, is transformed into a simple static page providing entrance to main sections of the site. The mission statement is made prominent The IA is revised. The following sections are introduced: New (News), About EEA, Projects, Links, Search. Still a static site, no db, no cms.
Database becomes "Information services"
"Information services" => E2RC
A new face-lifting, this time it also includes Eionet and Ew. So all three have common design, in different colours.
Main revision of IA. Narrowed down to 5 choices, Environmental Themes is introduced! About EEA -> EEA. Eionet changes name to a very nice label "Country information".
Eionet acronym is back :). News becomes "highlights" and are shown on the frontpage, it was too static.
EEA gets a new staff as "Press officer". The Press room becomes a high level section. A new mission, shorterm called tag-line is introduced (oops it was gone in latest redesign). Page
People wants more short-cuts on the homepage, see the footer. More and more websites are now gradually moved to Zope application server, we start to build our own CMS.
New redesign. The content and news is now again in the focus of the frontpage. The previous was too static. Content is organised into products types.
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