The District of Chetwynd, located about an hour drive west of Dawson Creek has been another one of our long-term local government clients since we built them a new WordPress website back in 2011. We recently completed a full redesign of the existing website to refresh the look and feel and add some helpful features.
Since the website was already in WordPress, all of the existing architecture, content, and editing workflow remained exactly the same. You’d never know it by looking at the site as a visitor, however. Fresh features added included featured banner slideshows by section with the ability for District staff to choose specific header photos for any page they like from within the editing screen they were already familiar with.
Other upgraded features included:
- interactive events calendar
- emergency alerts notification subscription system
- advanced site search (with document indexing including PDF, DOC, XLS, etc.)
- PDF embedding
- and much more.
We were also happy to redesign the existing internal staff intranet site where District staff share internal news items, ideas, stories, recipes and more.
The ability to complete a top-down redesign without changing out content, infrastructure, or retraining staff makes our client’s website a long-term investment without needing to become long in the tooth!
Late in 2016 we were asked by the City of Fort St. John to build a public engagement system for promoting their ongoing public consultations and projects. With a short timeline to get from needs assessment to delivery of final product, we were able to build a comprehensive system that utilizes industry-leading tools bolted on to the user-friendly WordPress environment. Some of the features include:
- attractive design, smoothly integrated with established website look-and-feel.
- mobile friendly
- tabbed layout of content, with staff-editable tab titles
- discussion topics and moderation powered by Disqus.
- embeddable surveys, comment forms
- subscribable news blogs for every engagement item.
- API integration with MailChimp and Google Analytics (for displaying stats).
Website Redesign, Content Restructure,
Searchable Bylaws, Staff Intranet
In the last couple of years, we’ve been busy helping the Peace River Regional District refresh their website and internal communications strategy. In addition to converting their existing static (non-database-driven) website to a modern database-driven WordPress website, we also helped plan and execute a top-to-bottom content review so that the new website’s content would be as fresh as the new design. In order to provide information that is easy to find and navigate, we custom built two major features: a searchable bylaws system, and a public engagement section.
We also built a staff intranet for internal communications to help enhance workflow productivity and efficiency, while also cultivating deeper professional and personal interaction amongst the employees. Features included news feeds, an online staff bulletin board, quick access to tools and resources, and central contacts directory. We also integrated with the PRRD’s existing Active Directory user management system for easy logging in for all staff.
Bylaws index allows user to browse by Topic, Electoral Area, or search through all the bylaws documents.
View an overview of the bylaw before downloading the full document.