The initial phase of the development consisted of PSP producing a functional specification to outline all of the requirements for the new website. The specification covered, in detail, the technical and development requirements to build a new mobile responsive site for Maples Solicitors.
Detailed within the specification were the fields, pages, workflow and logic required within the site.
The functional specification was handed over to Maples Solicitors for review and sign off. Once both parties had signed the document, PSP began development of the site.
The new website was developed using the Umbraco CMS (content management system) platform, including the addition of fully responsive pages for usage on a range of tablets and smartphones (Apple, Android and Windows based).
The open source Umbraco platform allows Maples Solicitors to manage their own site content quickly and efficiently. Maples administrators can create, upload and delete site pages and manage email subscriber lists without having to submit and wait for requests to be actioned by third parties. Umbraco also includes a comprehensive user management system, allowing Maples Solicitors to control who can add, edit or remove their content.
A critical part of the project was making the website compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Maples required a website that could be accessed easily by users with disabilities. This was achieved by ensuring the website was designed in a clear and robust manner, and by utilising functionality that allows site visitors to select from a list of accessibility options to help with their navigation. Options implemented included switching from colour to greyscale, changing the pages to high contrast colours, highlighting links in yellow or underlining links, and an option to increase the size of the fonts on the site.
Beyond the development and in line with PSP’s commitment to quality and their ISO recognition, a comprehensive test plan was created and utilised, and user guides were created to support user training, implementation and to ensure maximum buy-in from all stakeholders.