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Our website, EIA.gov, is the primary communication channel for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and serves as the agency’s world-wide energy information point of contact for:
- Federal, state, and local governments
- The academic and research communities
- Businesses and industry
- Foreign governments and international organizations
- The news media
- Financial institutions
- The general public
From January-December 2012, there were 22 million visitor sessions to the site, averaging 1.83 million visits per month. The site consists of approximately 500K files of all types that support our wide range of products, 41 email subscription lists, four Application Programming Interface (API) data sets, and 11 RSS feeds.EIA has forged a tradition of excellence for its public website, thanks to a solid vision for a high-quality presence on the web and hard work throughout the agency. The EIA website has become the public face of the agency and its information, data, analysis, and services have informed policy and programmatic decisions at all levels in regards to energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. Key indicators of the site’s success in serving our customers include:
- 451,491 total subscriptions to EIA email update lists in December 2012.
- Major search engines (like Google and Bing) refer to us an average of 530,000 visitors a month searching for energy topics.
- Search engine rankings of EIA on Google indicate very strong performance on relevant key topics.
- 92% of our customers say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the information on our website.
- 85% said they found what they were looking for on our site.
- 68% of the first-time visitors said they were very likely or somewhat likely to return to our website.
- 86% said the level of detail on the site was just right; 6% said the content was not detailed enough. Less than 1% said the content was too detailed.
- The top three words customers use to describe EIA are informative, expert, and objective..
Introducing the new look of EIA.gov
On February 8, 2011, EIA launched the first phase of a comprehensive website redesign effort. All of the information that more than 2 million visitors find each month at EIA.gov is still here, along with:
- Today in Energy — a new energy education product published every weekday that features timely and topical bites of our information in plain language, and allows us to highlight current issues, topics, and data trends.
- New homepage and improved navigation to make it easier for customers to find the abundance of EIA information and data and better showcase the breadth and depth of EIA content.
- Updated logo and dramatic new visual identity to help re-introduce EIA, its initiatives, and its programs.
Content page with rollover navigation
Today in Energy
EIA's new website is the latest in a series of initiatives that improve the agency's capacity to meet the evolving needs of our diverse customers. Further improvements to the site are planned throughout 2011. This was the first major redesign of EIA.gov in six years and the third since its inception in 1995.
If you think the redesign could affect the way you access data from EIA.gov, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments or questions about the new website are encouraged and can be sent to email@example.com
On September 17, 2014, EIA introduced further website enhancements designed to make it easier for users to find information, including the agency's latest content on trends and developments occurring in the nation's rapidly changing energy sector.
To help the website's users more quickly find topical information, we organized EIA's vast collection of reports and other analytic content by keyword. This use of site-wide "tagging," similar to what we implemented previously for Today in Energy, helps users locate EIA information based on the energy topic that is of particular interest to them. The enhancements also include a new layout for the website's major landing (Sources & Uses and Topics) pages that prominently features the agency's timely analysis, current data, and recently released data series.
As depicted in the diagram below, the enhanced layout highlights and tags information to enable users to quickly see and locate:
- The most recent EIA data, analysis, and projections that cover current energy issues and trends
- Recently updated data series
- EIA's data browsers, visualizations, and multimedia tools
How to link to EIA.gov
EIA.gov is a public domain website, which means you may link to it at no cost and without specific permission.
This Guide helps EIA writers produce consistent, correct, and readable web content. It provides guidance on style issues — including capitalization, punctuation, word usage, and tone — most relevant to EIA writing. This version is an update of the 2012 EIA Writing Style Guide.
See a one-page Quick Tips page that covers many of the major rules and style choices.
The Guide addresses some issues that are particular to web writing, such as writing effective hypertext links, but most of the advice applies to all writing.
This is a style guide, not a rule book. Unlike grammar that has specific rules that cannot be broken, many style issues are preferences. Writers and editors may differ. The Style Guide provides guidance on style issues so that the content of EIA's website has uniformity that conveys professionalism.
Style consistency enhances EIA's credibility. Inconsistencies in style or misused words might cause users to question the accuracy of our data. Using a uniform style throughout our website tells users that EIA has high quality standards for our content and our data.
The Style Guide has the following chapters:
- Chapter 1: Editorial Voice and Words and Phrases To Avoid
- Chapter 2: Policy-Neutral Writing
- Chapter 3: Advice for Good Writing
- Chapter 4: Grammar
- Chapter 5: Commonly Misused Words
- Chapter 6: Capitalization
- Chapter 7: Numbers
- Chapter 8: Commas
- Chapter 9: Hyphens and Dashes
- Chapter 10: Colons and Semicolons
- Chapter 11: Periods
- Chapter 12: Symbols
- Chapter 13: Punctuating and Formatting Quoted Text
- Chapter 14: Abbreviations and Units
- Chapter 15: Itemized Lists and Bullets
- Chapter 16: Footnotes, Sources, and Notes
- Chapter 17: Hypertext Links
- Chapter 18: British versus American English
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