4. Special? Weird? Niche? #weloveit
Sometimes a website is driven by a very, very specific requirement. This means as web designers, we have to look at things differently.
If you don't have a very specific requirement, or are yet to realise it, this may lead to a short thought summed up as "like what???'
Here are some challenges we have worked to implement with clients...
Online Booking for a B & B - A joomla based site with a back end that organised check in and out, and invoicing.
An events module for a sports club in a Wordpress site - multiple admins could manage the club diary.
Numerous School websites that have prescribed statutory guidance concerning content and function.
Interactive Maps with customised icons for the 'branches' of the organisation.
Multiple User Social Network to manage and encourage participation of individuals with a variety of skill sets.
Live Online Broadcast webpage requiring streaming audio from the clients existing broadcast and incorporating streaming live video.
Three online photographic and document historical archives for an extensive village archive, using specialist content management system for online digital collections called Omeka.
Meet Historical Stradbroke
The Stradbroke Village Archive and The Geoffrey Smith Archive represent thousands of photographs and documents collected by the Local History Society since the late 1990's.
Stradbroke has always had a village photographer since photography was available as a hobby in the late 1800s. The earliest photo in the Archive is an 1864 photograph of the opening of the village school (which is still open on the same site today).
These sites were an immense technical challenge both in terms of cataloguing and uploading. Mooh ensured that the site was robust, fit for purpose and functioning reliably. You do not want to be uploading thousands of documents only to find the site doesn't work properly, or worse still, find yourself having to start over!
Important factors in the decision to use a specialist CMS (Content Management System) were the need for a ground up structure that could cope with handling the huge amount of content, the back end needed to be smooth and easy to navigate for members of the Stradbroke Archive and Records Association to upload the content themselves.
Omeka ticked all the boxes and we very much enjoyed the journey of getting to grips with a new CMS, aswell as learning about archiving and cataloging from SARA.