It was clear from the outset that usability and ease of updating the website was key to the success of this project. Throughout the covid pandemic, the struggle to keep the old site updated caused problems as flexibility and agility was key in responding to continuous changes in policies.
For the new site, the admin area needed to be clear and user friendly so that a time-strapped admin team, with limited knowledge of web design, could keep it looking great and up to date. In particular, was the need for easy editing of what events were happening where from week to week.
As a quick solution to the old site and following the lockdown All Saints had made a relatively successful move onto social media. This meant that they had generated rich media like video and audio, as well as starting to use Mailchimp to give regular updates as the church magazine was seen as a risk to distribute to more vulnerable church members. They wanted the ability to collate rich media, hosted from various settings, into one area on the site. They also needed the ability to collect contacts securely.
Lastly, the funding for the new website was conditional on highlighting their inclusive and diverse community, this meant creating a design that was both authentic and flexible so that as the community grew and changed to reflect the local intercultural community, they could create more diverse content, including different languages, and be easy to navigate and explore for a broad demographic.