On Friday, 6 January 2015, we switched the Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) website from the old to the new. It was an interesting journey redoing this site.

It started with a request to train IEWM staff on how to use the old site. Upon looking at the insides of the site, I realized that it would be pointless to train the staff how to update news and photos by tinkering with the database. It would be an exercise in futility and a risky affair.

I kept thinking, “What if someone unintentionally tempered with the wrong kind of database table and killed the entire site”. The risk of a tiny bit of human error resulting in massive downtime was just too high on this custom-coded website. Perhaps things would have been different if there was a custom made CMS, but there was none. So I did some thinking (not much) and came up with one answer: WordPress. I could have chosen any other CMS but these days I just love WP.

I proposed the solution to Annabelle, the CEO, and got the go ahead to rebuild the site with WordPress. I chose WordPress because it would make the work of adding new articles, documents, photos and videos very easy for the not-so-technical staff that IEWM has. The rest as they say, is history.

With the new design, we stuck with the traditional and (somewhat) minimalist two-column layout instead of going all modern and ‘flat’ as is the trend nowadays. We felt that the traditional layout would serve the target audience better than flat design. We however made the site responsive so that people can read comfortably from any devices; computers, tablets, or smartphones.

We’re monitoring the site to see how it performs in the coming days and see if we made the right choice. But just an observation: Since we mounted the Facebook Like widget, I think we’ve grown the likes on their page quite significantly. I don’t have exact numbers.

Overall, Annabelle and her team are happy with how things turned out. We’re happy that they’re happy.

Re-doing the IEWM Websitehttp://kijanimedia.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/iewm-site-home.pnghttp://kijanimedia.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/iewm-site-home-150x150.png kijanimedia Web Development
On Friday, 6 January 2015, we switched the Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) website from the old to the new. It was an interesting journey redoing this site. It started with a request to train IEWM staff on how to use the old site. Upon looking at the...
On Friday, 6 January 2015, we switched the <a href="http://iewm.org/" target="_blank">Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM)</a> website from the old to the new. It was an interesting journey redoing this site. It started with a request to train IEWM staff on how to use the old site. Upon looking at the insides of the site, I realized that it would be pointless to train the staff how to update news and photos by tinkering with the database. It would be an exercise in futility and a risky affair. I kept thinking, "What if someone unintentionally tempered with the wrong kind of database table and killed the entire site". The risk of a tiny bit of human error resulting in massive downtime was just too high on this custom-coded website. Perhaps things would have been different if there was a custom made CMS, but there was none. So I did some thinking (not much) and came up with one answer: WordPress. I could have chosen any other CMS but these days I just love WP. I proposed the solution to Annabelle, the CEO, and got the go ahead to rebuild the site with WordPress. I chose WordPress because it would make the work of adding new articles, documents, photos and videos very easy for the not-so-technical staff that IEWM has. The rest as they say, is history. With the new design, we stuck with the traditional and (somewhat) minimalist two-column layout instead of going all modern and 'flat' as is the trend nowadays. We felt that the traditional layout would serve the target audience better than flat design. We however made the site responsive so that people can read comfortably from any devices; computers, tablets, or smartphones. We're monitoring the site to see how it performs in the coming days and see if we made the right choice. But just an observation: Since we mounted the Facebook Like widget, I think we've grown the likes on their page quite significantly. I don't have exact numbers. Overall, Annabelle and her team are happy with how things turned out. We're happy that they're happy.