The Center for Reproductive Rights needed a way to connect their partners from all over the globe. We built Unite for Reproductive Rights, a WordPress site that ensures CRR partners can UNITE no matter where they are.
When we first connected with CRR to discuss their new Unite for Reproductive Rights site, we knew they needed a secure platform for connecting their partners. But we also identified ways to share select content publicly.
First, the design
After our initial discovery session, we conducted several iterations of logo and designs before finalizing the look and feel of the site.
Since the platform is brand new, we made sure the layout used flexible content regions and section options. We also purposefully planned a simple and straightforward layout. Users working from all over the world shouldn’t need to worry about their internet connection to find and share information!
Next, the development
The private side of Unite for Reproductive Rights was developed using two popular WordPress plugins, BuddyPress and bbPress. Using these features, partners create their own profiles, collaborate in groups, and chat in forums.
We also built a Member Directory using the Google API that partners user to find others across the globe.
Users needed to not only find each other and communicate easily, but they also needed to be able to share resources.
We developed two ways to share resources: as posts generated by administrators of the site, and as content generated by users. We also added inline commenting features.
And then, a new feature!
Several months after Center for Reproductive Rights launched their Unite project, they returned with a new request: They wanted to incorporate e-learning features under the Unite platform.
We worked with them to identify how users could host webinars and attend online courses as an expansion of the resources previously available on their intranet. This new eLearning platform would need to be able to provide a way for participants to get information about the course, see readings, attend webinar sessions and discuss with other participants.
After a thorough discovery process with the Unite team, we were able to develop a content structure and tools that provided just the functionality they needed – without being too expensive or over-complicated! We also made an effort to create tools that could be easily extended and repurposed for other types of content. Users are now able to use the e-learning tools and participate in discussions.
The Unite for Reproductive Rights site is a great example of the type of projects we love to build and support: creating websites that really unite real people!