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New website For EMAP's Local Government Chronicle

EMAP-owned Local Government Chronicle has launched a new website, designed by Abacus and based on the company’s Webvision v3 digital publishing platform.



The new site also incorporates Abacus’ Dispatch (email broadcasting tool), together with Madgex for up to the minute jobs and Autonomy IDOL for intelligent, context-sensitive search facilities.

Integration of Autonomy into the new site is of particular importance for this EMAP site because of the amount of information stored. The extensive archive dates back to 1993, and Autonomy provides the ability for users to quickly and easily search and retrieve specific items. Webvision v3’s powerful capability to back-tag stories enables their accurate placement around the site.

The site has an active blogging community and provides the ability for users to subscribe to downloadable supplements on a variety of RSS topics.

Robin Latchem, Digital Editor, LGC:

“Since our relaunch in mid-May, we have seen a strong correlation between using the Webvision CMS and a boost in our traffic generally, which has been sustained since then. Undoubtedly the improved navigation has helped, but we have also seen a significant increase in traffic generated by Google and other search engines. On the site itself, searching our rich archive of 140,000 articles dating back to our first web presence in 1992 - hitherto impossible - has been transformed.

I have worked on more than a dozen content management systems over the years and, while none is perfect, Webvision is one of the best I’ve used. It is extremely quick in getting stories online and making them an enriched experience with images, links and linked files.”




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