IACAT Executive Council Member
Smaller associations like the IACAT tend to be primarily run by busy volunteers with limited time. Active Online was charged with producing a revamped look and feel for our new website that worked across the most popular screen sizes (desktop and mobile) and helping us automate some key admin tasks using online systems. Active Online started by integrating our members database into the website around which an automated membership renewals process was built connecting to PayPal.
Now we have a system that issues renewal reminders automatically, collects payments, issues renewal membership certificates and receipts. Additionally our application process has been moved online making it easier for new members to register and reduce the admin overhead of data entry and collection of registration fees.
Members can now also login to the website to access members only information, job opportunities and have access to online receipts, certificates and register/profile data.
An easy to use website administration system (or CMS) was an important requirement to allow us to take ownership of routine content maintenance and membership information updates without the requirement for intensive training or advanced HTML skills.
The project was managed from start to finish by Active Online, guiding us on design approaches, functionality, content production and taking ownership of the technical requirements (Domain registration, DNS configuration, hosting procurement and commissioning) to ensure all we had to do was provide timely engagement with the design and focus on content production.
We are very happy with the end result and the back-office admin system is easier to use than expected. Our members and peers have responded very well to our new online presence and we feel the enhanced functional capability will allow us to focus our efforts on other areas including statutory recognition.
Bill Ahessy. (IACAT Executive Council)
Active Online can be contacted directly on 01 8666 116 or via their website www.activeonline.ie