The Federal Foreign Office launched a new and improved version of its website www.diplo.de in mid November. The streamlined site places mobile use at the heart of user experience, with a responsive design adapting the site to the device being used.
The new design focuses on user services. On the German version of the site, the large number of visitors interested in travel and security can find out more about their destination from the drop down menu on the homepage.
The redesigned newsroom provides the latest reports and press releases by the Federal Foreign Office, while an easy to use search function allows users to look for articles.
With over 20,000 subpages and more than 50,000 visitors per day, diplo.de is the Federal Foreign Office’s main service and information portal. Alongside travel and security advice, the site provides information on foreign and European policy, the Foreign Minister’s schedule, career opportunities in the Federal Foreign Office and international organisations as well as detailed background information on specific topics and country profiles.
The redesigned Sicher Reisen (Travel Safely) app includes new features and is now available in app stores. The app provides tips, a check list for organising trips abroad and the contact details of embassies and consulates in Germany. Should users encounter any problems abroad, the app provides information for emergencies and the contact details of the German missions in the country. Users also have the option of putting their destinations on a pin board, which means they receive a push notification if there are any changes to the travel and security advice for these countries.
Further information is available at www.diplo.de/app-sicherreisen (only German).
On its relaunched website, the Federal Foreign Office also has an open data interface, where data such as travel and security advice and the addresses of embassies and consulates will be available for further use in a JSON format. Specifications on this will be available shortly. If you would like to find out more, please send an enquiry to www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/Newsroom/contact.
All of the websites of Germany’s missions abroad will gradually be converted to the new format.