Make Do Launch New-Look Global Food Security Website

The previous Global Food Security website was an outdated system running on a legacy CMS with a WordPress blog on a separate platform.

Make Do worked with the client to re-design the website from the ground up and develop a bespoke WordPress CMS experience allowing them to manage and maintain every aspect of the website from adding multiple content types to changing the layout of pages using a suite of customized widgets and controls.

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The new Global Food Security website homepage

A New Design

The new site is a modern mobile-first and modular design which takes into consideration the existing Global Food Security branding. We worked hard to make sure the site was consistent and flexible throughout so the client could publish new and complex content in an easy-to-read format.

In the design, flexible ‘cards’ are used for Blog Posts, News Posts, Features, Publications and Documents (among other things). These ‘cards’ display in different ways for different screen sizes and content types but have an overall consistency which makes the site enjoyable and intuitive to use.

An example of the ‘card’ module design

Flexible and Bespoke WordPress

Under the surface our team of WordPress experts build a flexible widget-powered system that allows users to build new page layouts using a simple drag-and-drop interface.

We made a number of custom widgets using our WordPress development boilerplate for the new website

The new system also includes an advanced Document Management tool which was built by Make Do from scratch as there simply weren’t any other plugins available which could perform the same tasks.

The Document Management tool is pretty awesome and we built in the following features:

  • Keeps documents out of the Media Library
  • Masks the document URL
  • Store multiple versions and drafts of the document
  • Password protected documents, Private and Draft documents and restricted documents based on user roles
  • Generates a PDF thumbnail for PDFs
  • Copies the text of the document and puts it into the content of the page for search indexing
  • Multiple document upload
  • Insert document lists or single documents into a post

Take the New Site for a Spin

Check out the new look website at Since launching the site has been moved over to servers managed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) who were our partners throughout the project and work to manage and maintain content on the new site.

Make Do delivered the new Global Food Security programme website and were flexible with our changing deadlines. Their support before, during and after go-live was efficient and helpful.
Luke Hawkins – Website Administrator

It was a pleasure working with the team at BBSRC and Global Food Security to deliver this complex and rewarding project!

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