Rhythms Village

Rhythms Village

The Client

Rhythms is a big, exciting new project being run by the youth team at Christian international aid charity Tearfund. I was proud to work for this inspiring organisation and team via my friends at Hands Up, and especially so on such a high profile project.

The Job

Rhythms has a mobile app and a “Village” news and resources site. With the app and the design work being done by a big, expensive agency, Tearfund wanted to get as much value as possible out of the Village site, and they approached Hands Up to do the build. Oikos works very closely with Hands Up and I took on most of the technical side of this project, doing the WordPress web development to create a complex custom theme that adapts to mobile devices and has a custom search function built in too.

The Result

We’re very pleased with the result. We’ve delivered some really complex requirements for a great price.

  • The front page has a custom layout algorithm that incorporates content from posts, Twitter, and custom post types, and is highly customisable.
  • The custom search algorithm delivers the content users want to see.
  • Related and popular items widgets use custom algorithms and meta-data to ensure that relevant articles are displayed.
  • The mobile layout lets people easily access the content from their smartphones (where they will eventually run the app)
  • The content page has custom widgets showing most popular and related content based on built-in page-view tracking and tagging algorithms.
  • Caching galore keeps the site as snappy as possible.
  • Clever multimedia integration allows embedded videos and even generates static images for YouTube films.
  • The whole thing is user friendly making as much use of standard WordPress features as possible.

All this is brought to life by the editorial team at Tearfund who have a great strategy and a fantastic set of content.

It’s great to see our work being used so well. We hope you like it too!


Posted on

February 22, 2013