Shared Future CIC

Shared Future CIC

A welcoming and easily navigable site for a Community Interest Company

The Client

One of Pilcrow + Pixel’s early projects was a site redesign for the PB Network, an independent body advocating for learning and innovation in Participatory Budgeting in the UK, so we were delighted when their sister organisation – Shared Future, a Community Interest Company primarily serving the North West of England – approached us to carry out a total redesign and rebuild of their online presence.

As our social enterprise grew in scale, a revamp of our website became essential. Pilcrow + Pixel helped us think about our needs and then implemented a whole site redesign from the bottom up. We find the advanced WordPress customisations that were put in place really easy to work with – they ensure that whatever we post is consistent in style and professional in appearance. Working with Vaughan at Pilcrow + Pixel has always been a pleasure as ‘he gets us’, and he makes sure to ask the right questions and communicate to us clearly so ‘we get it’ too. In the last year, Shared Future has tripled in size. We put a lot of that down to P+P’s work on improving our online presence.

Jez Hall, Shared Future CIC

As our social enterprise grew in scale, a revamp of our website became essential. Pilcrow + Pixel helped us think about our needs and then implemented a whole site redesign from the bottom up. We find the advanced WordPress customisations that were put in place really easy to work with – they ensure that whatever we post is consistent in style and professional in appearance. Working with Vaughan at Pilcrow + Pixel has always been a pleasure as ‘he gets us’, and he makes sure to ask the right questions and communicate to us clearly so ‘we get it’ too. In the last year, Shared Future has tripled in size. We put a lot of that down to P+P’s work on improving our online presence.

Jez Hall, Shared Future CIC

Shared Future's site shown on a desktop computer

The Project

Before design work began, we assisted Shared Future CIC with carrying out a thorough audit of their content, putting together a new, clearer and much more navigable structure that took much of the material previously filed under numerous blog categories and placed it instead into a handful of custom post types, with related post widgets ensuring that relevant content surfaced on the index page of each section. We also built CPTs for adding profiles of the company’s directors and associates.

The look and feel of the design is very welcoming, with large, highly readable fonts and good colour contrast throughout. The colour palette of highlight areas and titles matches those used in the company’s well-established logo.

Shared Future‘s site includes Pilcrow + Pixel’s highly bespoke WordPress interface built with Advanced Custom Fields. This utilises custom fields and inline instructions, which means that content can be quickly and easily added or updated when needed. In addition, many standard pages feature P+P’s customised ‘page builder’ – a system that allows editors to select different types of content, include them with a single click, and then type in their text and add images without having to concern themselves with the finer points of necessary formatting and styling.

Alongside this project, we also built a landing page mini-site for PB Partners, who are Shared Future‘s team of expert consultants in the field of Participatory Budgeting. The design echoes the look and feel of this larger site.

Service and Support

Pilcrow + Pixel’s support and maintenance of Shared Future CIC – as well as the sites for PB Network and PB Partners – have been retained via our Website Care Plan. All three sites are also hosted on our servers.

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