Concept4 were asked to transition The College of West Anglia's desktop-only website from its depreciated CMS to an open-source solution using responsive design, giving them the ability to host the new website themselves, update features and functionality and to prevent their previous dated solution from reoccurring. The proposed solution was required to feed information directly from the college's internal courses database for course information and PDF course leaflets, generated on-the-fly. Additionally, the website was required to process online applications - the college accept 100% of their applications online.
A parallax design was used to add depth and interest, alongside a considered user experience to ensure users find the information of relevance. The homepage banner mixes animation, key messages and video content, covering a cross section of student profiles. Six key colour coded sections form the main navigational element, for each of the college's sectors such as school leavers, higher education and adult learning. Each department area includes details of all the courses offered and courses can be added to a shopping cart, linked directly to an online application process.
Concept4 were able to provide a creative response to the complicated brief we approached them with, and have been tireless in their efforts to provide a solution that meets all of our needs and complies with all of the technical requirements, to ensure full compatibility with our existing systems. In addition, they have worked to ensure our vision has become reality, turning our ‘wishlist’ into reality, so that the resulting product is a true work of art, creating a visually stunning journey for every visitor, regardless of their device or destination. All requests – both urgent and non-urgent – have been handled in an extremely timely way and together, we have overcome the initial teething issues that were encountered, particularly in light of our tight deadline for launch. Our project has been very expansive and we have been incredibly pleased with all aspects of the service provided by Concept4.
Launched in November 2015, the new school website design has been well received by the college's internal audience. In time, we'll find out how powerful the website becomes in assisting with student engagement and enrolments. It's probably safest to quote our client directly on the project delivery, where we were informed that our service had been "absolutely outstanding" and that they were "incredibly pleased with all aspects of the service provided by Concept4". High praise indeed!