Warwickshire Music Hub
Local Government Website
Client: Warwickshire County Council
We worked closely with Warwickshire County Council, who were looking for experts in building websites for local government projects. Utilising our skills in content management and multi-media, we produced this customised website for the County Music Service, providing a media-rich and user-friendly website where teachers and students can create their own accounts, find useful information, share audio and learning resources with other users, and apply for membership of a music group. The whole system is backed up by a fully bespoke content management system.
Elements built into projectContent management system, user login and account pages, audio and video players, media uploaders, blog, image galleries, social media integration, responsive.
Technologies usedPHP, MySQL, HMTL, CSS, Jquery
Website Management System
The site contains a fully bespoke content management system enabling assigned users to add, edit or remove website content easily:
- Edit and update the content of the site
- Tailor content appropriate for public and privileged areas
- Custom blog functionality
- Gallery pages with image upload and folder creation
The system enables our customer to add and remove pages, and update the menu options to suit the ongoing evolution of the website. Using a hierarchical system of users, pages can also be “submitted for review” before they are published, meaning that the site has a usable system for updating and amending.
The website allows for a variety of users to sign-up to the website, with access managed by custom registration codes.
Once users’ have registered they can access restricted parts of the website, such as media resources and profile management tools.
The sign-up process is designed to be quick and easy, with robust (but subtle) security measures that ensure only genuine users can sign-up. Features include:
- Email validation checks
- Registration code required
- Automatic registration email process
- Forgot password function
- Ability to create new users
- Ability to create new user types
- Grant access permissions to different user types
- Invite new sign-ups to register
Our custom-made user management tool operates seamlessly with the rest of the website, using standard web languages for efficient functionality.
Administration can monitor user registration numbers, edit individual user profiles, and view core data such as registration date/time and last log-in metrics.
We also created a media resource centre where teachers and other assigned users can upload media files to share with their colleagues. Functions include:
- Upload an audio file
- Upload an image
- Upload a PDF, Word doc, powerpoint, spreadsheet or zip file
- Assign keywords, categories, descriptions to media
- Submit for review
Our work with Warwickshire Music Hub has continued to evolve and drive new ideas. By using our custom built management system we have been able to tailor the web resource to their exact requirements.
We created a number of original design ideas for our clients and worked with them to develop a unique finished product. Her are some of the early proposals:
Objects & Elements
Working in collaboration with our client we went through several design iterations before finalising a concept that everyone was happy with. The final website combines a fresh open feel with a positive sense of an active musical community.
Throughout the project we worked hard to organise the wealth of information on the site into a simple structure. We created a successful integration of usable content and multimedia resources, all administered from a bespoke content management system.
With a live Facebook feed, a blog, and integration with Mailchimp, the website makes the most of social media.