Swindon Youth for Christ are a local, faith-based youth work charity. Their old website had been “lost” and a temporary one put in place. Their new director wanted something bigger and better for the charity and I was more than happy to help.
As all new website projects should, this one started with a meeting to understand the organisation and its needs. The key things SYFC needed from their website were:
- to present a relatively large amount of information in a structured way
- to keep their volunteers and supporters up to date
- to encourage visitors to become supporters
The website needed to grab visitors attention and make it easy for them to find the information they need, or to take an action to support SYFC.
The new SYFC website is dynamic, easy for SYFC to update, has clear actions for visitors to take and has a lot of information organised so that it’s easy to get to.
The website and supporting system is full of features that I’ve set up. There’s:
- event management
- social media integration
- search-engine optimisation
- contact forms
- up to date news
- featured images
- visitor analytics
- Google Maps
- PDF downloads
- and an area for storing files for the email newsletters.
I helped SYFC with other services too:
- XML sitemaps and Webmaster Tools
- Google Analytics
- PayPal (for donations)
- Issuu (for publication of newsletters)
- plus I set up hosting and transferred and reconfigured the SYFC domain name.
The feature slider on the front page showcases SYFC’s main projects and events and was custom-built for the site – if you understand the technology it’s Flash-free, relying on HTML, CSS and jQuery to run and using WordPress custom post types to control the content. We will develop this into a plugin that we can deploy to other websites in future.
SYFC got great value for money and are already reaping the benefits of their new WordPress-powered, Oikos-developed site.
The graphic design for the SYFC site was by award-winning designer/illustrator David Wildish