Website changes for OpenConnect

OpenConnect website

“This is about the website?!” you may be asking. It’s a fair question.

After all, this blog normally is about analytics, automation, and mainframe integration — OpenConnect’s core competencies. However, this time, we decided to discuss recent major changes in our presence on the Web, to give you a little peek behind the scenes.

OpenConnect has redesigned its website, openconnect.com (formerly oc.com). We launched these changes on April 1, 2016. Yes, that may have been an odd date for it, but rest assured it was no “April foolery.”

Our site now is built on what’s known as responsive design. This enables it to work smoothly on multiple screen sizes, from large desktop monitors to the smallest smartphones. This is a big deal, to put it mildly. We made this change for two reasons:

  1. We wanted to enhance our visitors’ convenience.
  2. Major search engines give lower scores to websites that aren’t “mobile-friendly.” (If you’re into Web design and are curious, we used the popular Bootstrap framework to make this redesign.)

OpenConnect website

The home page of the thoroughly redesigned OpenConnect website (openconnect.com).

Improvements to website navigation

The revamped website also solves long-standing navigational problems. The openconnect.com site now hosts all OpenConnect Web content, which previously had been split between openconnect.com and workiq.com. We also simplified the content links to make them more easily repeatable when our team gives them out on phone calls. For example, openconnect.com/automation goes to a page about OpenConnect’s robotic process automation (RPA) solution.

By the way: in case you’re wondering about old links suddenly going nowhere, don’t worry. We made sure all old links do what are called “301 redirects” to their new counterparts. That means what used to be the WorkiQ product page, workiq.com/wiq_analytics.jsp, now instantly goes to openconnect.com/workiq — and tells any search engines that still “remember” the old link to do the same.

Blog-related changes to go with the revamped website

In addition, this blog, formerly located at blog.workiq.com, has moved to its new location here at blog.openconnect.com. (OpenConnect’s password-protected customer support site remains at support.oc.com. It still is linked from every page on the public OpenConnect site.)

Further, we changed the blog’s appearance so that its typography is more like that of the revamped OpenConnect website.

It’s all for you!

We’ll be making a lot more changes in the weeks and months ahead. We’ll be frequently updating our content to keep it accurate and informative. We’ll also be orienting the content more toward our products’ abilities to solve your problems. In short, it’ll be more about you and less about us.

And, in that same vein, we know that none of this matters unless the site and this blog are what you want! They exist to inform you and help you. That’s why we invite you to take the new OpenConnect Web presence out for a spin and let us know what you think. You can contact me at webmaster@openconnect.com.