Neurological Alliance of Scotland
Design/Coding | www.scottishneurological.org.uk
The Neurological Alliance of Scotland is an organisation that unites a wide range of charities working in the neurological arena. The Alliance issued a tender for an updated website. The Alliance's previous site was built around templates – although it was one of the best examples we've seen. We won the tender and were delighted to work with the Alliance on a new site.
The replacement is much brighter and more inviting to the visitor than its predecessor. Visitors are clearly signposted to the appropriate section of the site to find whatever they're looking for. A built-in search engine makes it easy to find specific documents. We also added in accessibility support, allowing visitors to change the text size of the site if needed – something especially important in this sector.
How it works
The site runs on our fuzzylime (cms+) software. We added a number of additional modules to this to meet the Alliance's needs.
A special Resources section allows staff to upload documents into an appropriate category automatically. Details such as the title and upload time are shown, and – where possible, for example with PDFs – a thumbnail is generated. The system also tracks the number of times any of these files is accessed, making this useful information available to the site's administrators.
This section also includes a chapterised video, allowing visitors to skip to the appropriate section of a film about living with a neurological condition.
Elsewhere, the Members section allows staff to update the list of Alliance members active on the site quickly and easily, generating the list automatically from a database and presenting it with logos, contact details etc.
A third additional section, Q&A, will allow the Alliance to add a "toolkit" where visitors can assess whether their services are meeting their clients' needs.
The system also employs the Sphider search engine, updated daily, to track all of the documents and pages on the site. There is a prominent search box on every page, making it straightforward for visitors to find exactly what they're looking for within the raft of useful information on the site.
As with the vast majority of our sites, we also created a special mobile view. This means that visitors using iPhones, BlackBerries or other mobile devices will be able to access all of the information in a faster and more straightforward manner, more suited to being on the move.