I am very happy to announce the new IEDTA website! For a number of months I have been working closely with our web guru, Sheryl Coe of Reportica, to rebuild the IEDTA website from the ground up. The original website was created by Allen Kalpin and Maria Inostroza, but the technology of 2005 has kept the IEDTA from having as strong a web presence as we might. It is our belief on the Information Technology Committee that our website can be a key aspect of a vibrant, thriving, world-wide EDT community.
The current content of the site is very similar to the content of the old site, but brought up to date (to some extent), and re-organized to make it more accessible. There are several important new changes, though:
- The new site is built using WordPress which means that, with some training, IEDTA committees will be able to edit the site directly, rather than paying a web developer to make changes. This will make it easy and inexpensive to keep the site up-to-date and add relevant new material.
- The new site also has “posts.” You are reading a post right now. Posts are a stream of new material; so far the posts consist mainly of announcements and the book reviews which Jon Frederickson has written or solicited for the site, but in the future committees and members will be able to post items of interest to the community.
In addition to opening the door to more up-to-date and varied content, WordPress will allow us to expand the capabilities of the site significantly. In the future we are planning to add things like members-only discussion forums, which will expand and enhance the online community which exists around the EDT-List email discussion list.
Although a lot of information on the site has been updated, we are aware that quite a bit of material may is out of date. If you are listed in the site’s Therapist Directory, please check your entry and let us know about changes which need to be made; also if you have a training program that is listed, it would be great to bring the listing up to date. We expect a relatively heavy volume of changes initially, so we hope you will be patient with the process of editing the site. For these initial edits, and for feedback on other aspects of the site, please email me at email@example.com.
We very much hope that you enjoy the new site, and that it will start you thinking about what you would like to see in the future in the IEDTA website. If you are interested in working on the site, especially if you have relatively good computer skills, we would love to have your help! Again, the best email address for now is firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Information Technology Committee,