Realised design in browser-compliant HTML and CSS; created WordPress theme; extended WordPress to allow for easy featuring of YouTube videos and widget presenting the most recent six of these in a cascading 'wall'; programmed live Twitter feed and map for the day of the convention; developed specific designs for features such as research documents.
For a major freelance contract I designed and redeveloped this popular magazine's website, putting it into Drupal. I coded a custom paywall system, worked on SOAP integration with the magazine's subscription-handling company, and built a Drupal ecommerce store. I designed the website myself, working closely with its Website Manager.
Giving What We Can
openDemocracy had expanded rapidly since launching in 2001 as one of the earliest online magazines to feature high quality analysis of global politics. By 2009 its website was outdated and struggling to cope with the high levels of traffic it received. I rebuilt it from scratch in the latest version of the Drupal content management system, developing custom Drupal modules to allow more flexible comments and highlighting of articles. I worked closely with an Oxford-based designer to develop a clean new look, meeting all the needs openDemocracy and I had identified. I allowed publishers to create fully customisable 'editions', overcoming the shortcomings of the chronological listings to which they had previously been limited. Having concluded from Google Analytics data that too many visitors entered at article pages and then left without delving deeper into the site, I built a number of sidebar boxes in PHP to steer them to automatically generated lists of related and popular content. Much other functionality was also added, from advanced navigational options to detailed, micro-coded author profiles.
An author website incorporating PHP-generated feed of new writings, bibliography and archive.
A Drupal-based campaign website with videos, a blog and a PHP-generated map of events.
Six (Blog from China)
Theme for a WordPress blog by an English student of Chinese in Beijing, made to client's design.
Free World Web
Custom online discussion site, with hundreds of participants at its peak.