Inspired Individuals is a project run by international aid charity Tearfund that identifies, supports and resources social entrepreneurs working to transform the lives of those living in poverty across the globe.
I worked with my friends at Hands Up on this highly complex WordPress and BuddyPress development project to create both an online presence for the Inspired Individuals project and a collaboration space for the Inspired Individuals themselves.
The Inspired Individuals team needed a website that showcased the work of their supported individuals, and that allowed the individuals to privately exchange news items and prayer requests, with the option to publish these publicly.
All public posts by the Individuals needed to be moderated by the website editors, and, as the Individuals are spread across the globe with varying levels of internet connectivity, submission of content by email and SMS message were required.
We worked closely with the Inspired Individuals team through the whole project lifecycle, helping them develop and refine their requirements, choose an open-source platform, and carry out the technical development work. All thoroughly tested and documented, and with lots of follow-up technical support too.
We’ve delivered to the Inspired Individuals team a heavily-customised BuddyPress theme that not only modifies, but greatly extends the BuddyPress functionality with features such as:
- custom-built “post-as” functionality
- private/public posting facility with moderation
- a unique welcome page with front-end post and moderation facility
- animated sliders for featured individuals and multimedia content
- post by email and SMS
- Google map of Individuals’ locations
- customised user profiles
- custom news widgets
- MailChimp and Twitter integration
- customised email digests
Working closely with the Inspired Individuals team, we’ve been able to modify the open-source platform to meet their needs, keeping their workflow efficient, making the site’s content accessible to as many individuals as possible, and ultimately, allowing them to promote and support the amazing work that the Inspired Individuals are doing.