Introducing the new BFCC website

March 26, 2014 - 4:33 pm

We'd like to introduce you to the new BFCC website which has been in development for the past few months and is being launched in time for the BFCC Specialty in Chilliwack.

Out with the old

At the AGM meeting in Winnipeg in December 2011, it was decided that the BFCC website needed an update and restructuring as, in its form at the time, it didn't serve to support the club in any way. Content was consistently out of date, links were missing and the overall look and feel had become out dated.

It simply wasn't providing the club with the power and flexibility needed to run operations.

In with the new

The new site is built on top of the power content management system Drupal allowing us to independently control content, users, and design. It also provides a rich content system which allows differentiation of content like news, events, breeders, and pages giving us great control over how content is created and displayed.

The new design

This change gave us the opportunity to update BFCC's online presence visually.  We worked with a designer to create a fun and friendly design that would convey the fun and friend nature of bichons. We looked at who were the main visitors to the site, families new to the breed, current owners and also members, and worked to create a design that would be inviting, easy to navigate and informative.

The design is always a working to be improved, so if you come across any issues, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our new control

We now have the capability to instantly add new content to the site whenever it is needed. Current site editors have access to add news posts allowing them to post relevant information without having to wait for others to upload the content. Now, we don't only have ownership of the overall site, but of the content as well.

Better exposure to bichon breeders

Our new breeders listing presents bichon breeders in an easy to use map and list allowing for potential bichon owners to find a breeder in their area. Through out the site, you will find a green "Find a Breeder" form allowing you to quickly and easily search for a breeder in a specific province or by name.

We want to make it as easy as possible for new owners to find the breeder that's best for them. If a breeder has a website, phone, or email, those will be listed along with their kennel providing visitors with a direct way to get in contact.

Becoming a valuable resource of bichon information

Currently, our breed information page contains the history of the bichon breed as provided by the CKC. It is our aim to make the breed information section a strong resource for any information regarding the bichon, including grooming tips, special care needs, and many other helpful resources.

This original content will help bring more traffic to the BFCC's site and will provide information to those seeking to learn more about the breed.

We now work seamlessly on all devices!

The new BFCC site is now "responsive." What this means is that it adapts to the size of the device you're viewing it on. For example, you will get a nice wide layout when viewing the site on a traditional desktop with a large monitor but when you view the site on a mobile device like an iPhone or iPad, the site will adapt to the smaller display sizes showing you the same beautiful site tailored to your device. This means that content will be legible and the site will be easy to navigate whether you're using a traditional computer or a small mobile device.

What's in the future

What you see now is just the beginning of the new BFCC online experience. A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to lay the foundation for future work and improvements. In it's current form, the site is primarily for disseminating information. A few of the possibilities for the future include:

  • Member's only section
  • Online registration and renewal
  • Bichon Banter distribution
  • Easy access to reports from board members

As we go forward, we will watch how the new site is used, and evaluate what new features will be needed in the next major development phase. For now we're focused on refining what's here so that we have a solid platform to work from in the future.

We hope you enjoy the changes that have been made. We're extremely excited for the what the future has in store for the BFCC and our new website. We can't wait to see how it grows and evolves with us over time.