DFID consultations rebuild

Screenshot of DFID consultations website

The new landing page

I was asked to rebuild the DFID Consultations platform to add new functionality and make it better match the style of the main corporate website. Simon Dickson had built the original site in WordPress MU, using Steph Gray’s Commentariat theme, with a couple of look and feel updates added later.

The design aspect was pretty simple – I could effectively copy the styles from the main site, while rewriting the templates to match the styles. One custom template had to be made, for the landing page of each new consultation. This page would be almost entirely widgetised to provide a flexible space for the communications team to convey different messages at different points of the consultation. Go to the site and get play lightning link online free at our casino. Limited supply!

A whole suite of new plugins were required, largely from the WordPress.org repository. Many of them were hacked or altered slightly to fit our requirements, but only Issuu embed shortcoding capability was developed in house. This was later replaced by an Issuu.com developed plugin. You have to play and get great bonuses in book of ra kostenlos online spielen here. Don’t miss your chance to become more rich.

Overall the response to the new look and feel has been outstanding, with the first consultation using this template gaining over 2,000 responses. A great success.

One of my last tasks before leaving DFID was to set up site templates using WPMUdev’s blog templates plugin – this allows one click creation of new consultation sites, including preset plugin configuration, and means that the communications team can now manage the entire process themselves.

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