Discover Dearne Website Design, WordPress Development

The process of developing our new website was clear, constructive, positive and actually enjoyable.

The Make Do team was able to translate what we wanted from a website into the building of it. We weren’t bombarded by jargon and terminology.

Richard King, DVLP Development Manager

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership needed a website which could provide location-specific information to mobile users. It needed to act as a record of the project’s success and included promotional aids, a guide to their projects, and a transparent archive of the partnership’s accomplishments.

Key objectives included:

  • Mobile-friendly user experience
  • Full geolocation and map integration
  • Transparency and ease of navigation
  • Resource light and fast-loading design for use with mobile devices

The site also needed to be simple to update so that the DVLP team members could easily create a fully transparent archive of work undertaken to demonstrate real value to the public.

Project Challenges

DVLP presented a unique problem for Make Do – with no existing web presence beyond a WordPress blog, the Partnership was finding it difficult to raise awareness of its projects across the Dearne Valley and engage the local community.

Our Implementation

Taking a mobile first approach, we designed the whole website with mobile screens in mind.

The site was then designed directly in a browser, allowing for a smoother development process based on user testing and client feedback.

We integrated Google Maps, allowing users to find their local projects while on-the-move and ensured that the site’s map could be updated in a matter of seconds.

Browsing the Discover Dearne website

From launch, we’d met all DVLP’s key objectives. The new site was mobile friendly, had integrated map and geolocation functions, and provided a clear, transparent archive of the project’s achievements.

The new site’s simple and efficient structure quickly improved site visibility in search engines and web traffic increased by 200%,

To see our work for the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership yourself, visit Discover Dearne. We recommend using your mobile device. 

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