Down To Earth's old website dated back to 2002, and had built up an impressive Indonesian environmental justice archive over those 8 years. But the effort of manually coding and uploading content was increasingly looking like an inefficient use of resources - especially given the more user-friendly web management alternatives available. So DTE comissioned us to rebuild the site with new technology that would make it much simpler for workers both in the UK and Indonesia to share the load of updating the site. We've developed a bi-lingual facility on the site for adding translations of content and site features, so the entire site switches between English and Indonesian at the click of a button. The DTE newsletter is fully integrated into the site, so that users can subscribe via the website and newsletter mailouts are automatically archived on the site. After a good deal of interrogation of the existing content and audience needs, we re-worked the navigation to create more intuitive sections for content and installed a guided search to make it much simpler to get to the articles you're interested in. Finally DTE completed the project with a mammoth transfer and classification of all that content to its new Drupal home.
The site design was created by Sarah Macbeth who worked on a concept based on the existing DTE logo and new colour photography. She developed custom maps of the Indonesian regions to fit with the overall look and feel, and implemented the page designs as a fully standards compliant Drupal theme.