You know that a project is going to go well when the first paragraph of your client’s brief calls for ‘focusing on key user needs and using open source platforms and technologies to deliver improved value for money.’
Many of our clients use WordPress-driven websites and intranets. Tags are a core feature of WordPress. Keywords are not. But we do use them on intranets.
This release is a result of development over the past few months for two government departments and includes new content types, taxonomies and an updated look and feel.
We’ve rebuilt the WordPress theme in Bootstrap 3, so you can compile your own version of Bootstrap to get a custom look and feel. The core styling is inspired by recent changes to GOV.UK and you can customise in theme settings.
Bootstrap gives us 4 viewports and we’ve optimised for large desktop, small desktop/tablet landscape, tablet portrait and smartphone.
A new content type allowing you to add dates, times and descriptions for forthcoming events. There are templates for future and archived events, with auto-expiry of past events and option to integrate online booking forms, with autocompletion if you allow staff to login.
There’s also a new widget to spotlight forthcoming events with featured images.
Just an idea in the last release of GovIntranet, the document finder is a new feature allowing lookup by document type and category.
Also known as the glossary, this new template allows you to spell out acronyms and complex terminology.
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Sadly, a people finder section didn’t make it into the mix this time. I’ve started work on it and you may find remnants of code in the beta where I’ve been experimenting. Hopefully more on this soon.
For our clients and for the open source community, because we believe that making things open makes things better, we have started a help site for theme users.
Over at GovIntranetters we hope you will join in the online discussions and share your experiences with others using the theme.
It’s work in progress, but you’ll already find lots more information about the theme, tips for using it, setup and configuration guides and hopefully some friendly faces too.
As part of the forthcoming iteration of the GovIntranet WordPress theme, I’ve been testing search results. I compared search results on 2 client intranets, each using their own content, but different search implementations.
I’ve been reminiscing over my time working on the Justice intranet and it got me thinking about the differences between the hoops and obstacles that I used to have to put up with compared to some of the standard issue features of using WordPress as a CMS today.