CR home

CR has been growing its archive of peace building resources - articles, briefings and its own journal series, Accord, for nearly 20 years. And although their old website  was able to contain most of the content, managing it and finding it was becoming increasingly unwieldy.

By the time CR came to GreenNet, they had already decided that they wanted to rebuild their website with a CMS. But the new structure and functionality of the site were not yet clear. We worked with CR staff to devise a new information architecture for the site, and from there moved onto a content classification plan.

Given the diversity of the content and the complexity of the categorisation system, there was a real danger of the site drifting back into a multi-tiered labarynthine confusion of sections and sub-sections. We met that challenge by combining imaginative use of new content display devices such as accordion listings and tabbed  views, with cross referenced relevant content from other sections.

This resulted in Work Programme pages that have a deceptively simple layout and design, fronting a well organised (and findable) array of diverse content.

Other features of the site include an Apache Solr search drilling through the  news and resources section,  newsletter subsciptions dovetailing with Mailchimp, and online mapping of all CRs global conflict resolution and policy work.

Web projects with Drupal

GreenNet’s current CMS of choice is Drupal. It is an open source system for developing websites and publishing content to them. A Drupal website has at its heart a database of the site’s content (articles, reports, profiles, events etc..). The system serves content from the database to the right pages of the site in the appropriate style, as they are called for by site users. Site authors can add, modify and manage their content in that database using simple private online forms.

The advantage of this system for GreenNet members is that their sites can be updated by anyone who has authorised access from any internet connected computer. All they need is an ordinary web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Once they have mastered the simple art of filling in the Drupal forms, resources and...