LDS.org Appearance, Menus to Evolve Over Time
Contributed By Camille West, LDS.org Church News
- Ever-changing technology and Church needs mean LDS.org will need to evolve over time.
- Improvements include an updated appearance; menu and navigation changes will come later.
“We are always striving to make LDS.org more intuitive and easy to use.” —Jeff Isom, director of LDS.org
LDS.org is getting a new look in a release scheduled for early February, the first in a series of improvements meant to make the official Church website more personalized and easy to use.
According to Jeff Isom, director of LDS.org, the Church’s approach for adapting LDS.org to meet the needs of members “is one of evolution, not revolution. This means we will make regular small improvements to the site instead of less frequent, large changes,” he said.
All of the resources and tools visitors are accustomed to using on LDS.org will continue to be available. For now, the LDS.org menu and navigation will remain the same, but the evolution of changes will eventually culminate in a new navigation menu structure and user experience, similar to that found in the Gospel Library mobile application.
“We recognize that any change can be frustrating for regular site visitors who have learned to find a resource in a certain location. However, with a site as large and complex as LDS.org, change is necessary to stay current with Church needs and technology changes. We are always striving to make LDS.org more intuitive and easy to use.”
Those who work on the website regularly review user feedback, conduct research, and seek direction from Church leaders to identify what should change on LDS.org, he said.
The changes will affect all LDS.org language sites and country communication pages (country websites).
After the February release, visitors to LDS.org will see the following new features:
New My Account and Ward selector
New Country and Language selector
Addition of menu navigation and search options to country communication pages
In an effort to provide visual consistency, better readability and user experience, and an updated design across the site, some visual elements will change. The most noticeable change will be the background color changing from blue to white.
Some upcoming changes to LDS.org include changing the background color from blue to white.
New My Account and Ward Selector
This selector found at the top of the all pages on the website will replace the Sign-In/Tools link and will feature content options in an easier-to-read, more mobile-friendly drop-down menu.
The new My Account and Ward selector makes it easy for visitors to find personalized information.
New Country and Language Selector
This selector, also found at the top of the website, will replace the language selector, making it easier for members to find local content for their area on their country communication pages.
The new Country and Language selector helps visitors to LDS.org select their language and find local content for their area.
Addition of Menu and Search Options to Country and Area Communication Pages
Country communication pages will now include the same navigation menus found on LDS.org (Scriptures, Teachings, Resources, and News). This means when members visit their country communication page for local content, they can also easily access Church resources without needing to open LDS.org. If they do navigate to LDS.org, they can easily return.
In addition, users will be able to choose between site-specific search options (whether to search their local content only, or all of LDS.org content).
The addition of the LDS.org menu structure to local pages means visitors don’t have to leave local pages to access scriptures and other resources.
As with all attempts to improve online resources and experiences for members, Church designers and developers encourage patience and flexibility throughout the process. To help ensure these and other upcoming changes are meeting members’ needs, users are invited to provide feedback. Simply scroll to the bottom of LDS.org and select Feedback.
Visitors to LDS.org can help improve the site by submitting feedback.