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.
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.
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.