Pages tagged with: "drupal"

Charley Chau: prestige, lovingly-crafted bedding for cats and dogs

The Charley Chau homepage
A fresh project to create a Cath Kidston-esque website, selling a wide range of beautifully-crafted, bright and vibrant pet beds.

While working at www.tui.co.uk, I was lucky enough to be asked to take on a new-build project with the owner of Charley Chau, a website with the sole aim of selling beautiful, top-end snuggle beds and blankets for pampered pets.

I was tasked with building the site up, and creating the site's unique theme using the Blueprint base theme for Drupal base theme, based on the Photoshop wireframes and layouts I was provided with.

In fairness, this project was a tough one for me; it was the first time I had to really focus on creating a client's website to a specific brief, and with the guidance - and occasional beratings - of our fastidious designer.

About the project

This site is built on a Drupal 6 installation, with the Uberdrupal install profile, which sets a lot of the site's e-commerce options up straight out of the box; this was probably something of a false investment in the end, since I probably changed and tweaked the vast majority of the site's settings.

Hopefully, the late nights and hard work were worthwhile for the client; I'm very proud of this portfolio piece as, while I didn't make up the very lovely design, I think I learnt a helluvalot about the client- and project-management aspects of agency projects, which I hadn't really had any exposure to up until that point.

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, comments or criticisms.

Please note: all images on this page are subject to copyright restrictions.

KSS Postgraduate Deanery redesign and relaunch

The KSS Deanery homepage at launch
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex (or "KSS") Postgraduate Deanery is an NHS entity which coordinates the funding and training of NHS doctors from graduation to the end of their training. Their website, at kssdeanery.org, was based on an ageing and no-longer-supported CMS, and was beset by numerous problems which I outlined in a 70 page report in which I recommended switching to the Drupal CMS.

Key features

  • Using Drupal CMF with Views, CCK, Pathauto and numerous other modules to create an SEO-optimised, easily navigated and easily expanded site
  • SEO optimised, with canonical and highly "hackable" URLs
  • Single login linked to Active Directory via LDAP for auto-population of staff profile and contact information

More about this project

I started and ran a huge project to reassess and greatly improve the organisation's use of their website, which was based on an ageing proprietary CMS. The end result is a soon-to-be-launched implementation of the Drupal CMS, set up with a custom template which allows each department to add their own colours and branding to a standardised layout. I also ensured that staff were able to self-publish, setting up training workshops and publishing a number of guide documents which will form the organisation's website training. Key benefits include the creation of a much simpler, more powerful, and more extendable website, with a simplified publishing workflow, (non-technical) staff who are confident enough to manage their department's content without having to rely on a web designer to do the work for them, and a standardised and clean web presence which will grow with the organisation. I also implemented a mobile-browser version of the site, which is shown when a mobile browser - for example Blackberry, Symbian or iPhone - is detected. Please note that the live site may have changed since I last worked on it in April 2009. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question about this site.

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