Scottish Environment LINK is The voice of Scotland’s environment community.
We have worked with LINK on a variety of web and print projects since 1999, and had previously developed their website, including a bespoke Content Management System (CMS) in php/MySQL added in 2009.
In 2013, LINK decided to look at updating their site, and after an internal review of site requirements and a number of meetings with us, it was decided to move the site to run on the WordPress CMS.
As their old site had around 1,000 database entries for a range of documents, we were able to map the old data fields to equivalents in WordPress and port all the old data across to WordPress. (With the help of the very handy WP Ultimate CSV Importer.)
The site makes extensive use of WordPress Custom Post Types, which allow you to specify different groups of data with different input fields. In this case, this included Documents, Work Areas, Member Groups and People.
It was possible to cross-reference these different Post Types so that, for instance, when adding a new Work Area, the user is presented with a list of all Member Groups, dynamically pulled from another Post Type, to select those Member Groups involved in that particular Work Area.
Content across the site is pulled from these Post Types in combination, using customised Templates and bespoke Widgets.
The site is now much easier to maintain, with much of the data pulled from the Custom Posts, meaning updates only need made once to change site wide. It is also much easier to maintain consistent presentation even though content is being added by different members of staff.
As well as the improvements in content management and presentation, the site now includes responsive design, making it much more user-friendly on smaller tablets and smartphones.