US Navy Log

The Project

The Navy Memorial selected Fig Leaf Software to redevelop and redesign the the Navy Log Website, an online application that tells the story of Sea Service veterans and connects warriors who have served to the Navy Memorial. In addition to improving the design, Fig Leaf was tasked with improving performance, security, and overall user experience. Several other goals of the website include the following:

  • Create a lasting legacy that tells personal stories of sea service
  • Provide educational value to families, friends of veterans, researchers and the general public
  • Connect active duty, former warriors, and their families to the Navy Memorial
  • Promote and expand visibility of the Navy Memorial through the Navy Log

The Solution

In order to help improve the performance of the Navy Log site, Fig Leaf Software updated both the Drupal Content Management System and the database and implemented a Custom Module to support the Navy Log; this enabled visitors and members of the site to use their current search function more efficiently and effectively.

Fig Leaf developed the menu structure as well as created selective questions for the log creation process on the site in order to simplify and improve the overall user experience.

Since the process of adding logs is much shorter, users will be able to add more log data than on the previous version of the site. This type of accessibility allows the Navy Log to promote a lasting legacy by telling personal stories of sea service veterans, promoting and expanding visibility of the Navy Memorial, and providing educational value to its users.

The updated features provided by Fig Leaf have enabled site viewers to locate information easily as well as virtually visit the Navy Memorial. Visitors and members of the website can quickly search for historical details and locate information on the plaque wall.

To secure user privacy, the Fig Leaf creative team implemented a membership option, which permits visitors of the site to create Logs while keeping their personal information private. The team also created an option to submit edits to a Log for review; this feature keeps the Log site updated while maintaining security of the site.


The Results

With the help of Fig Leaf Software, the Navy Memorial was able to launch a fast, user friendly site, that enables its members and visitors to author, manage, and view content on the site efficiently. Some of the most notable features of the new site are:

  • Search for shipmates
  • Enter own or other’s service log
  • Review pending updates
  • Add photos and memories
  • Manage user profile
  • Send profiles to marketing database
  • Maintain auxiliary information
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