Newark & Sherwood CVS

Accessible WordPress redevelopment for charity support and development organisation based in Newark & Sherwood

Newark and Sherwood charity WordPress website on ipad pro

When Nottinghamshire charity Newark & Sherwood CVS reached out to me to discuss the potential redevelopment of its existing WordPress website, I was more than happy to assist. The charity’s existing site used a mix of outdated plugins and code embedded in the theme that was causing the site performance to deteriorate, as well as having a cluttered feel that was not designed with mobile devices in mind. My main goal was to make it cleaner, more accessible and easier to update.

My first job was to develop a new theme that would be fully responsive – i.e., look and feel great on a variety of devices and screen sizes on the four core browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari.

Once this was in place, I removed superfluous plugins and updated those that were still required but had been neglected and left on older versions. Not only did this reduce overall site response times due to a lower maintenance load, but it also drastically reduced the risk of hacking, data leaks and other issues due to security flaws in out-of-date plugin versions.

Another client requirement was that the site needed to interface with the API used to power the charity’s volunteer directory search, provided by Simply Connect. This was already in place but inefficiently coded, while also looking “bolted on” to the main site. I completely reworked the output of the WordPress to API integration, which had the dual benefit of making the directory where volunteers and the charity could be connected appear as a consistent part of the main website, while also being more compatible with the newly developed theme.

The resulting redesign was a clean, responsive website coded with accessibility in mind. The client thought it looked great and was incredibly happy with how easy it is to update – a win all round.

As well as web design and theme development, the Newark & Sherwood CVS website is supported by a monthly WordPress maintenance package to keep the site secure and up to date. Get in touch to chat about supporting your WordPress website.

Why hire Jem for your WordPress project?

  • 5 5

    We needed to refresh our website and had lots of ideas; Jem was great as well as providing all of the technical expertise she was able to help us think through our design options and we now we have a great website that not only looks good but has additional features such as YouTube videos & training materials.


Why I love working with WordPress

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