NCER Custom WordPress Theme
Written by Alex Standiford on January 20, 2016
About This Client
The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S. They use their website to notify people about upcoming conferences and updates to electronics recycling law.
This Client's problem
NCER had an older non-mobile friendly website with few customization options. They needed a scale-able web platform to publish updates and customize long-term.
Evaluate & Research
I looked at their original website, and evaluated how all of the information could be migrated to a Content Managed System in a more scale-able way. I noticed that a lot of their pages could be written as blog post topics and determined that WordPress would be a good option for their new site. NCER came to me with an HTML template that they liked, so I had plenty of design direction to go on.
Custom WordPress themeDesign and Layout
we determined that a custom WordPress theme would be a good fit. Changing the layout of their website was important to them, so all of the text on their site can be changed without writing any code. Most of my WordPress customization was building a theme that looked like the template they wanted, and organizing the menu in a way that would allow them to add content to the site easily. I made it a priority to not do anything outside of the core WordPress functionality in the theme, so that if they ever change to a new theme in the future their website content and structure will stay intact.
Training and Launch
After the custom WordPress theme was complete, I hosted an hour-long training session with the NCER, showing them how to use WordPress, as well as how to customize all of the elements of the website. It was a lot of information, so I sent them the session’s recording so they could refer to it at a later time. The resulting website is a modern, mobile friendly, WordPress-based website that will easily scale with their additional websites in the future. If they ever decide to change to a different WordPress theme, their site will still function properly because I stuck to core WordPress functionality, and taught them how to use that functionality with a training session.