Upgrading the technology behind WSSDA’s website had long been on the to-do list. But, in early November, it became clear that it couldn’t wait until January. The content management system and subscriber database were growing increasingly unstable, so an urgent upgrade was made to ensure services were not interrupted.
The website now runs on the most widely used (and up-to-date) web content management system on the planet—WordPress. In addition to WordPress, a new tool for managing subscribers was implemented. WSSDA members and some school district staff log in to the WSSDA website to access model policies, Policy & Legal News, and OnCall. The change to a new subscriber system may result in some users receiving new passwords.
This conversion to new technology also required a new format for the website. Because this change was abrupt, the navigation was left largely unchanged to minimize difficulty for people accustomed to the previous design. In the days ahead, staff will be combing through the site to ensure everything is formatted correctly and working well. Additional changes to the look and feel of the site may occur over the coming months. As this work progresses, WSSDA members can expect periodic updates.