Web sites obviously serve many different purposes.The Association of Superannuation Funds of New Zealand (ASFONZ) is a voluntary association of the people and organisations involved with employment-related superannuation and pension schemes. Its site’s purpose is to cater for these people by providing discussion forums, news about the industry, upcoming events and links to other relevant sites. If you don’t have in interest in this industry this site won’t knock your socks off, but it reaches its target market well — and that’s the whole point of any Web site. Developed with Macromedia Dreamweaver and Fireworks, the site is well designed, with a good colour scheme and logical navigation. Each page has a number of options that become apparent through the appearance of an extra navigation bar at the top of the page. For example, if you’re on the About ASFONZ page, then the following links will be apparent: who we are, our people, our history, our mission and our industry. If you’re in the What’s On section, you’ll see: latest news, archived news, events calendar and events archive. Provided it’s done logically (so you know what topic the item you’re looking for is likely to be under) this is a good way to provide navigation. It means the page isn’t too cluttered with topics, but it’s still easy to find what you’re looking for. The site also has some good interactivity. Visitors can join one of two discussion forms. The first is an open discussion forum anyone can use. Because the site is new, this is still being built up, but already there is some discussion about average returns for plans, investing and tax changes proposed by Labour. This is a great forum for people in the industry to share ideas and ask questions. The second forum is for ASFONZ members only and is designed to help it formulate submissions on issues. People can fill in an ASFONZ membership for online. Overall this site works well — although ASFONZ should have ensured all the links worked correctly. The link to the Events Archive only works if you click on "Events", but this is probably just a matter of putting the closing </a> tag in the HTML code after the word archive and not before — something that’s easily missed but which should have been picked up in the testing phase. — Kirstin Mills Developers: Base 2 in Wellington Technology: Macromedia Dreamweaver & Fireworks /PHP and My SQL Hosting: Unix server at NetLink
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