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  • The Italian website celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 required a very fast implementation platform, but at the same time an easy to use back-end in order to simplify overall maintenance and content updating

    • Sitefinity once again offered an excellent solution for us and for the client, allowing us to develop an easy to update web site, and guarantee a problem free CMS platform.

      Author: Emanuele Del Signore Company: MediaEngine

    • Client: International Year of Chemistry 2011
    • Project website: http://www.chimica2011.it
    • Implemented by: MediaEngine
    • Industry
      Non-profit
    • Background
      The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future,” IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages.
    • Challenge
      The goals of the Italian IYC 2011 web site are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry and to provide different target groups with a detailed calendar of the many events all over Italy.
    • Why Sitefinity
      Sitefinity offers intuitive administration for the frequent content updating, straightforward templating techniques, a variety of tools to ensure pages are optimized for search engines and a sufficient number of modules and a fast implementation. Furthermore it offers a very effective support and truly competitive costs.
    • Technology Highlights
      The Italian Chemistry 2011 web site was developed in approximately 6 weeks from CMS requirements to launch and uses ASP.net 3.5, SQL Server 2000 and of course Sitefinity.
    • Results
      A web site with a fresh look and feel, and an easy to use back end control panel for frequent content updating.
  • The Challenge

    The International Year of Chemistry 2011 is an initiative of IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It involves chemical societies, academies, and institutions worldwide, and relies on individual initiatives to organize local and regional activities and events.

    Federchimica represents the entity responsible to organize and manage the IYC 2011 in Italy, and engaged MediaEngine to develop the dedicated website. The challenge was to provide Federchimica’s editorial staff with an easy-to-use tool in order to keep the site’s content up to date without relying on code experts. Another key point was a fully custom layout and graphic design to promote IYC’s events and activities in Italy in an appealing and efficient way.

    Last but not least, IYC’s website mainly promotes events, therefore providing geo-localization, timing, descriptions and subscription forms was a primary need that we had to deal with, keeping in mind that people with no web programming abilities had to insert and update this kind of content.

    The Solution

    Sitefinity CMS platform was, of course, the solution. Federchimica already uses this robust and user-friendly CMS for its many associations’ websites. We took advantage of this to win on our first challenge that was to provide an easy to use tool for content updating.

    Then there came the need to build up custom page layouts. Easy as pie using Sitefinity CMS! There’s no obstacle to creativity. You can build any layout according to your needs. Furthermore, Sitefinity allows you to create as many page templates as the number of specific layouts you need in your sites, and this comes handy when it’s your client who has to deal with the creation of new pages. They have to click a button and choose a template and voilà a new page is created! It couldn’t be easier!

    A crucial point was, of course, the insertion of events related information and news. Sitefinity CMS offers two great tools to deal with this kind of content: the Events Module and the News Module. Each of these modules has a viewer control to drag and drop on page where you want events and news items to be displayed and a backend form to fill up with related information such as title, description, geolocalization (with the optional use of interactive maps from the major providers such as Google or Yahoo), contact details, timing. Even in this case there’s no standard layout. You can customize templates and display events and news content the way it best suits your website design.

    Graphic design and layout are not the only things we customized. With a little programming work and excellent help of Sitefinity’s Customer Support team, we were able to create brand new controls such as subscription forms tailored to our clients’ specific needs. We also took advantage of third party modules available on Sitefinity’s website marketplace that came handy when you had little time to build up brand new modules on your own.

    Flexibility, easy to use administration panel, variety of modules availability, competitive costs and past overall satisfaction once again lead us to the choice of Sitefinity CMS as the solution to best meet our needs with no disappointment at all in the end.

    The Results

    A web site designed with an attractive interface together with interactive agenda to support events discovery and navigation for each target, city, type of events and month. The project took about 6 weeks to be developed, including design and programming.

    The effective cooperation between MediaEngine and Federchimica continues thanks to the Sitefinity platform's characteristics too.

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