New Web Design & ADA Compliant Website for Governing Michigan

Governing Michigan Website Redesign

Project Description

Governing Michigan provides access to electronic versions of select Michigan government publications collected by the Library of Michigan.

The Library of Michigan and Governing Michigan teams partnered with Courtland to perform a website redesign. The new site provides a clean look and feel that is consistent with the Library of Michigan brand and the State of Michigan web design standards.

The data collection resources for the Governing Michigan website ( are managed within the CONTENTdm digital collection software. The client wanted to retain using CONTENTdm to house their collections but needed a new responsive website design.  The Courtland Team designed a new WordPress content management system website with custom interfaces that utilized CONTENTdm’s API to integrate and present Governing Michigan’s unique collections in a creative way.  A custom WordPress plugin was programmed to allow visitors to easily search and view the Michigan government publications stored within the CONTENTdm software.  In addition, the new website home page prominently features Governing Michigan’s nine collections plus subtle animations were also implemented throughout the website to draw the attention of web visitors.

ADA ComplianceGoverning Michigan website follows strict Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliancy in a manner consistent with the current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Courtland uses multiple tools including WAVE, a web accessibility evaluation tool and the State’s ADA testing tools, Siteimprove and AInspector, to ensure the site follows ADA standards and passes the State of Michigan checkpoints. ADA standards include: providing text alternatives for all non-text content, easy-to-read font sizing, appropriate headings styles, skip navigation, high color contrast and site wide keyboard accessibility. Courtland worked closely with the Governing Michigan, Library of Michigan, and State of Michigan’s accessibility team to ensure the new website passed the State’s accessibility testing.

Project Features

  • Responsive web design & Home page banner slider
  • Custom-built WordPress Plugin for CONTENTdm Integration and Collection Search
  • WordPress Content Management System
  • ADA & WCAG Compliancy
  • State of Michigan Web Design Standards

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Governing Michigan Old Site