Whilst at Hogarth I was responsible for overseeing the UX and Development of a new Student Portal for Santander that allows students to team up with mentors and allows them to gain work experience. The platform I chose was BuddyPress and great care was taken to ensure that the User Journeys and User Experience was married exactly to the BuddyPress platform ensuring massive efficiencies within the build. The site has lots of functionality including video uploads, YouTube channels, twitter feeds, private and public messages, secure areas etc. I also had to meet the client on numerous occasions to discuss the projects ongoing developments.
Panasonic :: European Roll-out for Community Platform
Whilst at Brave, part of the Billington Cartmell group of companies, I was involved with a few significant projects for their lead client, Panasonic. The Panasonic Lumix G is their top selling prosumer camera and Brave had been running there very successful ‘Lumix Lifestyle’ UK community site based in WordPress that enabled professionals and amateurs alike to share images, techniques and complete in competitions all in a helpful, non sales orientated environment. Due to the success of the community the client decided to roll out a similar platform across all their European territories. My involvement was to do a technical and code analysis on the existing platform that had evolved over time with numerous developers and make recommendations as to how the sites look and feel could be transported whilst completely overhauling the back-end to make more flexible, secure and future proof.
The clients main requirement was to be easily able to manage the communities from within their local territories and seamlessly turn on or off localised content, assets and functionality within the shared platform. My recommendation was to use BuddyPress combined with a host of other bespoke and premium plugins on a multisite installation of WordPress.
Gracelands Yard :: BuddyPress Site
Gracelands yard is basically a collective of alternative therapists and practitioners working together to offer a vast array of health therapies.
I was asked to build a site that complemented their easy going surroundings and philosophy whilst conveying a wealth of information about the services and classes on offer. I used a multisite instance of wordpress and added the powerful buddypress plugin.
Each practioner had their own sub domain microsite within the gracelands umbrella site enabling them to control and administer their own content on the site whilst contributing as editors to the main site. Each sub domain also had the ability to render as a bespoke standalone site too. Groups and forums were also requested although they haven’t seen much use yet!
Ki Performance :: Chief Technical Officer for StartUp
I was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ki Performance, a leading health and wellbeing provider to primarily manage their technical relationships with third parties, spec and develop white-labelled health and diet portals and create affiliate technologies that could increase sales opportunities. It was a very hands on role with considerable time was spent using Open Source, namely WordPress and Magento.
Whilst there i was also designed and built a rich media campaign to increase armband sales and even planned and deployed the placements of these ads on Google’s Ad Network. Additionally I had to maintain and develop their ASP-based ecommerce site, their Word Press-based blog, their YouTube channel and other online press and PR.
Internally, I was involved with the day to day running of the business, acting as a catalyst to working smarter at every opportunity. Areas included creating a content archive, introducing cloud-based collaboration including the externalising of all communications and creating an in house support ticketing system utilising trellis desk.
Substantial time was also spent investigating the migration of their current .ASP eCommerce store to an open source Magento-based system.
Digital :: Social Network in BuddyPress
Have just finished a social network-based site for my company, Digital, that’s based on the BuddyPress platform albeit with a lot of advanced, bespoke functionality.
Lots of clever features including voice communication, groups, forums, chatrooms (public and private), member-only content and the ability to build your own sites. Check it out.