The new www.rabobank.nl web site has just gone live. I am proud to have been one of the members of the team at the Rabobank that developed this web site. The development of this site was the project I blogged about back in August 2005. Rabobank is one of the largest Dutch banks. It was the first Dutch bank with a website in 1994. Rabobank has the largest online-banking customer base in Europe.
This is what the new site looks like:
Most pages on the new site are static content (XHTML files) on the webserver. Most dynamic pages are rendered using ASP.NET 1.1. One of the larger modules that was developed in .NET is the "Naar uw Bank" ("To your Bank" in English) module. It has mapping functionality and you can get directions to get to a Rabobank office near you (or on the other side of the Netherlands if you like).
Above you can see a page from "Naar uw Bank". It uses Lokatienet web services (server-side) to get the directions and the URL of the map. The mark up for this page is a combination of dynamic mark up generated by ASP.NET and a navigation context page. The navigation context page is the static content page from the Content Management System that linked to this dynamic page. In this case the navigation context page is http://www.rabobank.nl/particulieren/lokalebanken/uhr/. Check out my blog post from August 2005 for an explanation of how this works.
Thanks a lot to all of the project members at the Rabobank for making the new www.rabobank.nl possible. I have learned some good lessons during this project that I could apply to the development of another website for the Rabobank. That website will soon go live as well. Going live in this case means that it will appear in the Online Spotlight of Windows Media Center for the Netherlands. This web site is the Windows Media Center project I blogged about. More details about Rabobank TV (and the URL 😉 to follow in the near future. If you are really good with DNS queries for the rabobank.nl domain you can already look at the site. It has already gone live in the sense that it is available if you know the URL.