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With so much to say, she needed a website that would at once serve the purpose of being an exhaustive repository of anything vegan, while also attracting people to partcipate in her efforts in protecting our winged and furry relatives.
After running down serveral blind allies and hitting many a roadblock in trying to build herself a website, she finally came to us, following the advice of a mutual friend. She needed a way to build the site once but update it with more information as her fledgeling organisation grew. The company she had contracted the work to had advised her to present all her information as PDF content that she could upload to the site. However, it was more than a little strange that visitors coming to the site see a bunch of links that lead to PDF files and not to other web pages.
It was a no-go. She needed a real website, with real content, that she could adapt and update. A volunteer to her organisation had already sent in a proposed site design that we could use if we found it promising.
The biggest hurdle for us of course was that Sharan being a non-profit organisation, funds were extremely limited. And Nandita knew nothing about Content Manage Systems and she was in a hurry to get something up as soon as possible.
The design template we received target an 800 x 600px screen size. We felt it was too restrictive and didn't allow much room for sidebars and additional levels of navigation. With Nandita's permission, we adapted the design to better fit on a 1024px screen. This gave us the required space for a secondary level navigation system as well to place interesting quotes and images on all the inner pages of the site.
We also built her a bare-bones CMS so that she could start adding content to some of the sections on her own. The events and workshops pages were ideal candidates for CMS control.