DVA home page

The DVA is a new initiative of a group of UK organisations with a common interest in sending diaspora volunteers to support projects in their countries and continents of origin. DVA staff approached GreenNet with a brief to build a website that could quickly provide an online presence for the Alliance – a space for them to publicise the initiative’s aims, and stimulate interest from potential volunteers and diaspora organisations. At the same time, the project had to recognise that DVA’s web journey is in its early infancy, and will certainly need the flexibility to grow and change as the initiative takes new directions in the future.
GN worked with DVA to devise a simple site structure that wouldn’t be too onerous for them to populate in the busy first few months of their work. This was then implemented into a Drupal website along with a page design developed by wave, who made imaginative use of DVA photo stock and quotes from returning volunteers. In this first phase of the site’s evolution there is a static map to show the geographic reach of the Alliance’s partners. The next phase will see this transforming into an animated interactive map that provides much more detail on each of the countries that the DVA is active in.

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...