On 27 January 2014 we launched this
redesigned website. This replaces our previous site which
had become dated. We've introduced a new look and feel as well
as improved navigation which we hope will make it easier to find
what you are looking for.
We've worked really hard to try and make this site better
for you, but we know that it isn't finished and will continue to
make iterative changes.
Why we've changed the website
Here are just a few reasons why we've made changes:
- We needed to align the look and feel of the website to the
council identity, which is in the process of being updated.
- The site was becoming outdated and was due a refresh.
- Customers expect the website to be responsive to mobile
- Evidence suggests more and more people are engaging with our
website using mobile devices i.e phone, iPad, tablets.
- To make the website faster for customers by making popular
content more prominent.
- To improve the website and search engine results page by
removing unnecessary pages from the website.
- To give the website a 'cleaner' look to allow greater ease of
- To make the website respond quicker by reducing the number of
- To encourage more customers to use and to choose to use the
Feedback we've received on the redesign
Here are a selection of comments we've received since going
"I see that your new website is now live – it looks very
"Hello. I am a screen reader user and have sampled the new
website. It appears to be accessible to me ..."
"Just a quick email to say how impressive the new look council
website looks – it looks and feels very modern, is super easy to
find ‘things’ and is a massive improvement on what we had before.
I’m sure our residents in the borough and the wider internet
audience will use the website with confidence and ease. Well done
to everyone who worked on this."
"Well done to you and the Rochdale team. Looking forward to
seeing the website evolve."
"Congrats on getting the new site live, it looks great,
and nice and responsive too! A fantastic achievement given your
I'll suggest to the rest of the team at Socitm that they go and
have a look as well. Well done :)"
"The new website looks great."
"Nice new web site..."
"This is great overall..."
"It looks great..."
"Just had a look at the new website, it looks great, and
really easy to navigate..."
"I do like how interactive it is and, it is a big
improvement on the previous website..."
"I had a quick look on the site to see how it is and I’m
impressed. It is easy to use and it is quick to find the area of
information that you may need. Great."
"I think the website appears better..."
"Looks ultra slick, Nice job, Good improvement."
"The new website is looking really good and seems from a quick
play to be nice and easy to navigate..."
"Generally the new look is great..."
... and here are a few comments from those that saw the website
before it went live:
"It’s looking really great so far! Can’t wait to get it rolled
“I think the new look, looks much better than the existing.”
“Love the new look … much fresher and the icons at the top make
it easier to find what I need.”
“Initial impressions … this looks very good.“