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A completely redesigned and recoded UK NARIC website will launch this weekend, on 30 August.
The public-facing web pages, the application portal for individuals, the Members' Hub and member areas, and all our online databases have been overhauled and improved.
All registered users have been emailed with a reminder of the coming change, including some points to watch out for in the revised Hub and member navigation.
For members and database users, benefits include: faster-loading pages; an enhanced search function; 3-click navigation for a more efficient user experience; adaptive display for mobiles and tablets; and refined, condensed content to support a cleaner design and site structure.
Member enquiries have been enhanced with a better and faster document upload facility.
We have taken account of member feedback in the website redesign and redevelopment. In particular, the search function is now more visible on the Members' Hub. Streamlining of navigation in the database pages makes it quicker to click through to the country file.
Extensive recoding in the background makes the new website on the whole faster and more responsive.
The changes overall will give a much improved user experience.
There are a couple of things to look out for when initially adjusting to the new Hub and member areas.
On the Members' Hub page, the ‘Submit a member enquiry’; ‘Manage my account’; ‘Verification services’; and ‘Training and events’ buttons are now located lower down the page - scroll down to see these. To access search, click on the horizontal blue bar ‘International Comparisons Search Options’ (under the large wide photo and above the small photos).
For account management - previously in ‘Manage my account’, options like ‘Logon reports’, the ‘Suspended users’ list and ‘Change password’ were all on the left hand menu. In the new website, they can be found in the ‘Account information’ drop down menu, at the top of the ‘Manage my account’ page.
The switchover from the old website to the new will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August. All of our websites and databases will be offline for a period while the switchover takes place.
All websites are works in progress and development is always ongoing. We will welcome feedback from members and users of the new site once they have had a chance to use it and experiment with it, and these comments will inform the next phases of development for the website and online resources.