Vivid has recently completed a project for the London based charity, Trinity Hospice.
We were approached with a simple brief:
“Keep the front end and content the same – just completely replace the CMS with something intuitive that actually works.”
A bit like the magic tablecloth trick, only with the entire back end of a website.
When considering how to approach said CMS transplant, we chose to use the most recent release of WordPress (2.5.1 at time of writing) to provide a highly intuitive back end administration area whilst being able to call upon the necessary time saving features of a decent PHP framework.
WordPress has a lot going for it at the moment:
- It’s open source
- Its feature set is increasingly more powerful with each release (to the point where it can now act as a full CMS rather than just a blog engine)
- The plug-in resources are expansive, offering plenty of exciting options for developing flexible websites
- The default administration area is truly intuitive (I once heard a client describe it as “a combination of Word and FaceBook”)
- It’s the most popular choice for powering blogs in the world right now
- The development community is huge, offering more support than you can shake a very large stick at
The website’s new CMS is up and running and the response so far has been good.