We worked with The Essex Autonomy Project to build them a website that is accessible, promotes their work and organises their research papers.
The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and knowledge-exchange initiative based in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. They use philosophy to explore the challenges associated with front-line practice in medicine, psychiatry, social work and law, particularly in the area of decision-making capacity.
The Essex Autonomy Project had a WordPress website but it wasn’t custom built for their content and their resource articles are muddled up with news posts which made it difficult for people to find what they were interested in.
With one their principle areas of work being on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), it was very important that the website was made as accessible as possible.
Our proposed solution was to create a custom WordPress website which was accessible and organised the content in an effective way.
The homepage design features an introduction to the project and clearly identifies the work that they do. We have used the 3 circles from the logo throughout the design.
WordPress development and build
We built the website so that the Resources were their own custom post type with taxonomies, or categories, of Type, Subjects and Authors. We built a Resource Archive page where the resources can be filtered by these categories.
We included an advanced search function which includes indexing PDFs. This was important because the Resource articles are PDFs and need to be included in search results.
The Essex Autonomy Project wanted a way of displaying their key milestones so we built a timeline which they can easily edit and add to themselves.
The website has been built with accessibility in mind with all links and controls accessible by tabbing the keyboard. Screen reader text has been added to inform users that a button will download a PDF report and includes the name of the report.
The new website for The Essex Autonomy Project is a bespoke accessible WordPress solution which effectively promotes the work of the project and allows users to easily find research resources and cite them correctly.
Logo and web design: Sara Martin
WordPress development: Angie Vale
The new website has made a huge difference. We’re having more people register to receive news from the project and the integration with MailChimp has made it much easier to maintain our contacts list. Users are also searching and finding research publications and booking training through the site. It’s really made things much simpler.
– Becky Parsons, The Essex Autonomy Project