A thorough refresh of one of our most venerable and successful projects. Now fully responsive and even easier to use.
This vibrant community of retirees continues to use the website as the focal point of their social relationships with ex-colleagues. They also enjoy keeping tabs on their successors' attempts to continue their legacy.
Our original community website for the Old Arupians had done fine work for 12 years, but the time was right for an update.
In consultation with the client, we decided to retain much of the functionality of the original system. They also wanted to ensure that their investment in a new website would ensure it was low-cost to host and easy to maintain in the future.
Interface-wise, a complete rewrite of the front-end to improve the visual design and make it responsive would ensure it was usable across a broad range of devices.
An extended HTML prototyping process before the main development began allowed Old Arupians administrators a large amount of input into the visual and information design of key pages - something that then informed the rest of the system.
The client has a skilled team of administrators who were happy with the way the previous site worked - our focus was to present the existing information and workflows in a better way. We used the Bootstrap framework and a modular front-end coding approach to build a rich interface that is responsive across all screen sizes. Some functional enhancements (e.g. automatic thumbnailing of PDF newsletters, profile image cropping) allowed us add additional layers of gloss to the new interface.
The new system retains all of the rich functionality of the previous one, with some handy additions:
“I think this is a splendid piece of work... It's clean, intuitive and a fantastic resource for us elderly types. Bravo.”
The hard work rewriting the entire system in open-source technologies was rewarded when the website went live. Hosting costs have dramatically reduced, and the range of hosting providers is much greater and more competitive. The site is currently hosted on Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, making it easily scalable and deployable with a single terminal command.
The new design has gone down well with users: