Manchester Architects website design & build
Manchester Architects (formerly known as The Manchester Society of Architects) had a requirement to update their ageing website which was built on a counter intuitive CMS.
Mode=Create recommended the Concrete5 CMS as an extremely user friendly CMS to which we could add some custom features for the client to make managing the site content much easier for them.
Manchester Architects already had a fairly clear idea of what they wanted the homepage to look like with some rough homepage designs already in existence and brand guidelines to work to. Mode=Create provided consultancy and design iterations to define the ideas and make them workable online.
One of the unique challenges of this project was the desire to use the hexagon device of the Manchester Architects branding in the homepage "banner" area to link to different pages of the site. In addition to the unorthodox hexagon shapes, we needed to enable the client to control the content of the hexagons via the CMS. To achieve this we used cutting edge front end development techniques linked to a custom developed area of the CMS.
The architectural community is at the heart of what Manchester Architects does and they have a busy schedule of events and other goings on.
Mode=Create proposed a fully featured events management system so that Manchester Architects could create and manage events without the need for a third party plugin. Users can register to attend any of the many events the Manchester Architects organise directly from the events page. A snippet and link of the next scheduled event features on most pages throughout the site.
The new site also features a news section to promote all related news. A custom social media feed keeps all the news, events and other points of interest current and fresh.
Users can share any page on the new site via custom sharing features making it easy to spread the word of this vibrant community of architects.
The new Manchester Architects website is responsive, displaying effectively across all modern devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.