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Two stand-out projects

We have new projects still being finalised, but we thought we would share a couple of examples of websites that went live earlier this year. Both are in WordPress.

Trevor Grundy is a journalist who lived and worked in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa for thirty years. Back in the UK, as well as contributing regularly to international publications and online sites, he now publishes immediately on his own dedicated platform custom-designed by us.

WordPress was originally designed for exactly Trevor’s kind of work. Articles are categorised by type, such as feature, opinion piece or book review, and WordPress’s native tags facility enables them to be cross-referenced by subject (a good discussion of tags and categories can be found here). Each article is enhanced with a main featured image and more pictures in the text. Plugins provide extra layout options and regular backups.

Trevor has worked hard to ensure that his website is a go-to resource on the recent history of southern Africa, as well as a hub for international news and current affairs.

He says: “Journalists from AP, Time magazine, Deutsche Welle, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and several British and South African and Canadian newspapers and on-line magazines have told me how much they like my website. … Once it's set up Stephanie doesn't walk away and leave you if there are problems.”

Green Christian is a charity that campaigns on environmental issues. Long after the covid-19 emergency has eased, we will still be facing the long-term, slow-burn crisis that is climate change. Green Christian seeks to respond through campaigning, public witness, prayer and mutual encouragement.

The website has long been a lively hub for news, resources, events and comments. Our job was to create an engaging appearance, integrating the design elements that were already being used by their print platforms, while retaining the existing functionality. We also trained the administrators to use the system to best advantage.

We later added two large extra sections: a password-protected members’ area, and an arts section for members to express themselves artistically through poetry or painting and drawing. These work like websites within a website, with their own templates and navigation lists.

Barbara Echlin, Green Christian’s Vice Chair, said: “Stephanie listened to what we wanted and then used her high level of website expertise and eye for design to completely transform Green Christian’s website.”

‘4,800 Applegreen staff are furloughed’

Huh? I hear you say: “I didn’t know you were so big!” Don’t worry, we’re not, and we haven’t furloughed anyone.

This news story from a couple of weeks ago refers to Applegreen Stores which runs shops and fuel pumps. We are Applegreen Websites - a name so good it was chosen twice!

The story illustrates the breadth and depth of the pandemic crisis over and above the immediate health concerns. Business is slow all round, and we send good wishes to our namesake and to all of you as well.
Issue 16 | May 2020
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