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After years of working with 100s of html coded pages on a static website, SGR managed to raise the funds to get their website rebuilt with Drupal. The budget was tight so we worked together to prioritise their requirements and make a plan that would meet their needs without overspilling. A bespoke page design was out but an automated (scripted) migration of all the old html pages into the Drupal database, and integration of their subscription form with a PayPal gateway was in. SGR took on the mammoth task of tidying up the imported data and categorising it with their new  index terms. We then set up a faceted search which sorts through all their material to serve up filtered lists according to user selections.

As a membership organisation, the online subscription component of the project was particularly important for SGR. We rejected using a shopping cart facility in favour of building a custom tool for capturing subscriber data that could be organised for simple subs management by SGR staff, and automatic processing by the payment gateway.

In spite of the compromises they made at the beginning, SGR now have a fully functioning website, and because it's been built with Drupal, it can be extended and elaborated in a very scalable way.

Web projects

GreenNet web projects are all about planning, designing, building and hosting websites that work for you and the issues you’re working on.

The GreenNet web team have worked for more than ten years building websites for NGOs, campaigns, social enterprises, development projects, ethically-minded freelancers and community groups. And we just get better and better at doing it which means a) all the work that is done in the name of one web project gets shared for the benefit of all subsequent projects and b) we're now the best we ever have been so there's never been a better time to ask us to build a site for you!

GreenNet web project basics

Every project is different but there are some pretty consistent threads running through all the sites we build:

  • Transparent navigation
  • Accessible content for both people and search engine robots
  • Simple data structures for organisations to update
  • Effective tools for collaboration between workers
  • Engaging spaces for supporters to interact with your work

 

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