Russian Parliament Makes a Huge Step Toward Social Networking with New Website Powered by Bitrix Site Manager

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The Duma attains more transparency and openness with a new level of online interaction with the public provided by Bitrix Site Manager

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The new Duma website made a huge step to better online interaction with the public, transparency and openness with social networking features

Bitrix, Inc., a technology trendsetter in business communications, announces that its flagship product, Bitrix Site Manager has been chosen by the Russian Parliament – the Duma - to run its official website. The product’s functionality, usability and security positions the website as one of the world’s leading parliamentary online resources by openness, security and integration with social networks.

The Duma’s recently launched website was developed by Intaro, a Bitrix Gold Certified Partner. It features a range of cutting-edge content management technologies making the website a comprehensive online representation of the parliament, connecting it with the public. It contains a continuously updated database of nearly 25,000 official parliamentary regulations with custom filters to simplify the discovery of desired information.

The website provides in-depth insight into the ongoing activities and structure of the Duma, official regulatory statistics, rich personal profiles of the Members, a directory of official requests with their statuses and results, and online forms for public petitions. Another significant feature is that the website is available in a special mobile version optimized for viewing the content on smartphones and PDAs.

Improving transparency and building effective communications with an online community is achieved through web-based TV available on the website. Visitors have the opportunity to watch parliamentary sessions in real-time, choose recorded videos and selected speeches, and get a digest of Duma activity with a video summary of the results of the latest sessions.

The new Duma website made a huge step with social networking. Now it features social bookmarks and links to connect content to popular networks like Facebook and personal blogs seamlessly. The Russian Parliament also launched a dedicated Twitter account that delivers real-time updates for users of this social network. At the same time, parliament members can keep their own blogs that add extra transparency to the parliamentary procedures.

The website is tightly integrated with third-party applications and databases to provide visitors a universal interface for information discovery. The website’s security relies on the Bitrix PRO+PRO™ security framework and is approved by respective governmental authorities to meet internal data security regulations. The website’s content and structure is designed according to Jakob Nielsen’s recommendations depicted in his publications regarding the best web usability practices. The improved usability has resulted in a six-fold decrease in error probability and 30% increase of speed in performing typical website operations.

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Bitrix is a privately-owned company developing an advanced business communications platform to bridge SMBs with their customers (Internet), partners (Extranet) and employees (Intranet). Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Alexandria, VA, Bitrix is rated #3 most popular commercial CMS by W3Techs with 50,000+ installations and 6,000+ partners worldwide. Localized into 13 languages, the company’s products are distinguished for their pioneering technology, hybrid-licensing approach, unique security features, performance and ease-of-use.

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