A user-friendly page layout
We soon realized that the key to turning an outdated Joomla website into a site that draws and hooks visitors in is... simplicity.
A simplified, clear and easy to navigate through page layout was the solution.
And so, we knew then that the Paragraphs module was the perfect tool for this project goal. It helped us break down the content into multiple reusable components.
Then, assemble a neat page layout, with clearly defined sections.
Moreover, the module helped us grant the best content experience to the end-users and the best editorial experience, as well. We knew that we would empower EOCI's editors to easily put together future page layouts of their own.
An intuitive information architecture
A rock-solid, clear website structure was crucial if we expected it to tell the organization's story with an impact.
Therefore, we changed the way the information was organized across the website. And we implemented a more intuitive navigation structure and clear conversion paths. Website visitors can now find the information that makes the EOCI's story, engage with it and... convert quicker.
"The company that manages our Google Ads has found that our conversions have increased. The traffic has remained the same, but the amount of time users spend on the website and the number of actions taken has gone up about ten-fold. That’s what we set out to do exactly. We’re seeing an ROI in a short amount of time: That’s a success for us completely." - Sean Kelly, Executive Director, Equal Opportunity Community Initiative
A new custom theme
The organization wanted their new website to be as visually-pleasing as... fast.
The new Drupal 8 website had to entice users, visually, before it could engage them. So, we created a new theme to help EOCI communicate their mission and their vision in a more compelling way.
"A couple of our donors are thrilled with the website and have committed their support again. They’re happy to be on the partners' page with a fresh look and approach to the public." - Sean Kelly, Executive Director, Equal Opportunity Community Initiative
A high-speed Drupal 8 website
Since one of the top goals of the project was to increase conversions, fast-loading pages were a critical factor for meeting that goal.
Thus, we've had the top performance in our minds throughout the development process.
We used an "Optimize for top speed" approach as a criterion to filter through all the decisions that we made while building their new Drupal 8 website.
A mobile version of the website
EOCI wanted to communicate their story to as many people as possible. So the need to appeal to potential "life changers" on their mobile devices became critical.
And that's what we did. We came up with a visually-pleasing, easy to use the mobile version of the EOCI website.
One that boosts the organization's efforts and brings its message to mobile users, as well.
To maximize its exposure, the organization needed to implement a newsletter functionality. And... we complied with their request, using the Simplenews module for this.
"The site’s beautiful and performing exactly how we’d hoped it would." - Sean Kelly, Executive Director, Equal Opportunity Community Initiative
A Drupal 8 website that's fast, visually appealing and easy to use.
We managed to turn the old Joomla website into the most effective "messenger" of the EOCI's story and mission.
A welcoming service point for all potential donors and new volunteers.
- we updated the existing allardprize.org website to the latest version of Drupal 7
- we performed all the necessary updates to Drupal core, to the contributed and custom modules, part of the user interface and the existing set of features
- we ran the latest security patches, as well
- we enabled the GTranslate module and thus implemented the translation feature that our client requested
- we migrated the specified content and found a way of processing the data within the given Pantheon hosting plan
- we conducted an in-depth performance audit on the website and we identified areas of improvement
- we did some Drupal performance optimization work, taking a series of necessary measures to speed up the website's page load and reliability/blog/boost-drupal-performance
The result: the Allard Prize for International Integrity website now runs significantly faster and provides a seamless user experience to its visitors, irrespective of their geographical location.
a high performance Drupal 8 website, with optimized (content-heavy) page loading times
more intuitive navigation for both the professor and student visitors; from graduate programs to news and events, to specific useful information related to leisure, learning opportunities, and support services, users can now easily find the content they search for on the Institute's newly “refurbished” website
a user-friendly layout
a website packed with all the tools that content editors will need to easily and neatly structure their content (ex. both the Paragraphs module and the Block field module got enabled)
we worked towards improving the cache mechanism for higher page load speed
we added 2 new different sections: “Companies” and “Groups”
we integrated specific legacy platforms into the Drupal 7-based membership website: Pardot, SalesForce, ServiceNow
we connected the Intelex Community website with Axure Data Hub; now every time that a piece of content gets added, removed, or edited on Drupal, it automatically synchronizes on Axure Data Hub, as well, via a custom-built REST Endpoint
we integrated it with Custom Windows Azure API, as well, thus turning Drupal into a centralized system
we simplified and streamlined the whole content workflow
we better structured the existing membership system, organizing both members and content into multiple different groups
built and themed a new landing page listing all the departments (Cemeteries, Museums, etc.)
… one which overlaps the existing main header and “lives” within the same environment
provided a new page layout, with department-specific branding
ensured that the editorial staff could easily update the theme sections
cross-developed the new landing page for Drupal 8
provided a mobile version, as well, where the editor(s) could easily switch between the 2 versions of the menu color
implemented a functionality enabling the user to swap out, according to the specific department branding
implemented a functionality that would collapse the main header on Hamilton.ca and trigger a brand new page layout, along with the department-specific branding
enabled the editorial team to include up to 5 department-specific items overlapping the main header
set up and themed a new content page carrying the same features as the current basic one on the website, but without the side menus
The result: a more user-friendly, visually-appealing alternative to the current website of the city of Hamilton, one that better highlights the services provided there (culture, recreation, museums, etc.)