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Kadampa Meditation Centre Birmingham


Voluntary Web Designer & Developer

Outline & Requirements

A new website was created for a Buddhist meditation charity called ‘Kadampa Meditation Centre Birmingham,’ part of an international network of Buddhist centres and temples.

The requirements for this new system were centred on allowing people within Birmingham (UK) to book events online and sign up to memberships. It was also important to articulate the identity of the centre, their modern teachings and their close relationship with the community.

Design and development of the site began in September 2020 after initial considerations with the Education Programme Co-ordinator at the time, and the system was deployed in December 2020. Post-live tasks were taken care of and the site was handed over to the new staff in February 2021.

SERVICES / TOOLS UTILISED

Astra Pro®

LiteSpeed Server®

LS-Cache®

Complianz®

GiveWP®

WPForms®

KeyCDN®

Yoast®

Slack®

Asana®

Timeline


  • PLANNING
    & CONSIDERATIONS
  • D&D
    COMMENCES
  • CLIENT
    & STAFF TESTING
  • TESTING FEEDBACK
    DISCUSSED
  • SECOND TESTING
    COMMENCES
  • TESTING FEEDBACK
    DISCUSSED
  • SITE
    DEPLOYMENT
  • SITE MIGRATION
    & POST-LIVE TASKS
  • SITE
    HANDOVER

PLANNING & CONSIDERATIONS

JUNE 03, 2020

Discussions were held with the Education Programme Co-ordinator (at the time) to ascertain the requirements for the new site. After trialling Avada Fusion® with events booking plugins on one site and Elementor Pro® with WooCommerce® on the other, the decision was made to proceed with the latter.

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT COMMENCES

SEPT 02, 2020

D&D was undertaken using Astra® with Starter Templates®, Elementor Pro® & WooCommerce®, centering on design, legal, security & administration. Discussions were held on WooCommerce® integration, tailoring it to the requirements whilst considering the current booking system for members and non-members.

CLIENT & STAFF TESTING

OCT 28, 2020

The site was tested by the client and centre staff, who assessed from several different perspectives, including administrational, educational, and customer-orientated. The client also provided information to include regarding about the centre, community and their grounded approach to meditation.

TESTING FEEDBACK DISCUSSED

NOV 12, 2020

Feedback was discussed with the EPC in several meetings, and tasks addressing these, including cleanup, stability & functionality and GDPR-compliance, were delegated between ourselves and recorded on Asana®. Priority was also placed on ensuring the site was ready for the client’s scheduled date.

SECOND STAGE OF TESTING COMMENCES

DEC 17, 2020

The second stage of testing was also managed and conducted by the EPC. Volunteering staff who assessed the website in greater depth highlighted areas including WooCommerce® front-end functionality, layout, internal links, UX, design, typography & formatting.

TESTING FEEDBACK DISCUSSED

DEC 18, 2020

Discussions were held with the EPC on the second, and final, stage of testing feedback including getting up to speed on where progress was at and agreeing on deploying the site at the stated date once the testing comments were prioritised and delegated.

SITE DEPLOYMENT

DEC 19, 2020

The site was launched on-time and on-schedule; the process was overseen by the EPC and lead by myself as we assessed the front-end and back-end stability and functionality and addressed any subsequent issues.

SITE MIGRATION & POST-LIVE TASKS

JAN 22, 2021

The decision was made to switch shared hosting providers; assistance was provided during the migration process, including assessing front-end and back-end stability and functionality. Additional tasks, including performance and SEO tweaks were also finalised.

SITE HANDOVER

FEB 11, 2021

The site was handed over to the new Education programme Co-ordinator during a meeting where tutorials on front-end and back-end maintenance and post-handover takss where outlined and any queries posed by the EPC addressed.

Testimonials


Achievements


A+


WEBPAGETEST®

A


GTMETRIX®

A


SECURITYHEADERS®

A


KEYCDN®

A


PINGDOM®

99


PAGESPEED®

99


GEEKFLARE®

99


FASTORSLOW®

95


SEMRUSH®

D&D Experience


SITE BUILDING
BRAND & IDENTITY
UI & UX
RESPONSIVE
SECURITY
PERFORMANCE
SEO
WOOCOMMERCE®

Stack Experience


55%
HTML5
65%
CSS3
30%
JS
30%
JQUERY
35%
PHP

Additional Experience


Cloudways®


  • Server & Application Deployment
  • Staging & Development
  • SMTP
  • Optimization
  • New Relic®
    One APM
Gutenberg

Gutenberg®


  • Block-Building
  • Widgets
  • Permalinks
  • Responsive Design
  • Astra® Settings
  • Custom HTML & Anchors
  • Custom CSS Classes

Cloudflare®


  • Analytics
  • DNS
  • SSL &TLS
  • Firewall
  • Access
  • Speed
  • Caching
  • Network
  • Traffic

SEO


  • Organic Research
  • Organic Traffic Insights
  • Keyword Phrases
  • Traffic Analytics
  • Backlink Audits & Analysis
  • Crawlers

SECURITY


  • Security Plugins
  • SSL & TLS
  • Security Headers
  • Wildcard SSL
  • SFTP & SSH Terminals
  • Hotlink Protection

CACHING


  • Caching Plugins
  • Minifying & Inlining
  • Object Cache (Redis®)
  • Heartbeat Control
  • Lazy-Loading

GET IN TOUCH


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WEB PORTFOLIO

Kadampa Meditation
Centre Birmingham

VOLUNTARY WEB DESIGNER
& DEVELOPER

A new website was created for a Buddhist meditation charity called ‘Kadampa Meditation Centre Birmingham,’ part of an international network of non-profits founded by teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

The new site was built with the focus of allowing people within the local community to book events online and sign up to memberships. It was also important to articulate the identity of the centre, their grounded, modern teachings and their close relationship with the community.

Design and development of the site began in September 2020 after initial considerations with the Education Programme Co-ordinator at the time, and the system was deployed in December 2020. Post-live tasks were taken care of and the site was handed over to the new staff in February 2021.

SERVICES / TOOLS UTILISED

Astra Pro®

LiteSpeed Server®

LS-Cache®

Complianz®

GiveWP®

WPForms®

KeyCDN®

Yoast®

Slack®

Asana®

Testimonials

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Timeline

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JUNE 03, 2020

PLANNING & CONSIDERATIONS

Discussions were held with the Education Programme Co-ordinator (at the time) to ascertain the requirements for the new site. After trialling Avada FusionTM with events booking plugins on one site and Elementor ProTM with WooCommerceTM on the other, the decision was made to proceed with the latter.

SEPT 02, 2020

D&D
COMMENCES

D&D was undertaken using AstraTM with Starter TemplatesTM, Elementor ProTM & WooCommerceTM, centering on design, legal, security & administration. Discussions were held on WooCommerceTM integration, tailoring it to the requirements whilst considering the current booking system for members and non-members.

OCT 28, 2020

CLIENT
& STAFF TESTING

The site was tested by the client and centre staff, who assessed from several different perspectives, including administrational, educational, and customer-orientated. The client also provided information to include regarding about the centre, community and their grounded approach to meditation.

NOV 12, 2020

TESTING FEEDBACK DISCUSSED

Feedback was discussed with the EPC in several meetings, and tasks addressing these, including cleanup, stability & functionality and GDPR-compliance, were delegated between ourselves and recorded on Asana. Priority was also placed on ensuring the site was ready for the client’s scheduled date.

DEC 17, 2020

SECOND TESTING COMMENCES

The second stage of testing was also managed and conducted by the EPC. Volunteering staff who assessed the website in greater depth highlighted areas including WooCommerce front-end functionality, layout, internal links, UX, design, typography & formatting.

DEC 18, 2020

TESTING FEEDBACK DISCUSSED

Discussions were held with the EPC on the second, and final, stage of testing feedback including getting up to speed on where progress was at and agreeing on deploying the site at the stated date once the testing comments were prioritised and delegated.

DEC 19, 2020

SITE
DEPLOYMENT

The site was launched on-time and on-schedule; the process was overseen by the EPC and lead by myself as we assessed the front-end and back-end stability and functionality and addressed any subsequent issues.

JAN 22, 2021

SITE MIGRATION
& POST-LIVE TASKS

The decision was made to switch shared hosting providers; assistance was provided during the migration process, including assessing front-end and back-end stability and functionality. Additional tasks, including performance and SEO tweaks were also finalised.

FEB 11, 2021

SITE
HANDOVER

The site was handed over to the new Education programme Co-ordinator during a meeting where tutorials on front-end and back-end maintenance and post-handover takss where outlined and any queries posed by the EPC addressed.

Achievements

A+

WEBPAGETEST®

A

SECURITY
HEADERS®

A

KEYCDN®

A

PINGDOM®

A

GTMETRIX®

99

PAGESPEED®

99

GEEKFLARE®

99

FASTORSLOW®

95

SEMRUSH®

D&D Experience

DESIGN SKILLS

SITE BUILDING

BRAND & IDENTITY

UI & UX

RESPONSIVE

70%
85%
70%
70%

FRONT-END DEVELOPMENT SKILLS

SECURITY

90%

PERFORMANCE

95%

SEO

70%

WOOCOMMERCE®

75%

Stack Experience

55%

65%

30%

35%

Additional Experience

Cloudways®


DigitalOcean® Server & Application Deployment / Staging & Development / SMTP / Optimization / New Relic® One APM

Gutenberg

Gutenberg®


Block-Building / Widgets / Permalinks/ Responsive Design / Astra® Settings / Custom HTML & Anchors / Custom CSS Classes

Cloudflare®


Analytics / DNS / SSL & TLS / Firewall / Access / Speed / Caching / Network / Traffic

SEO


Organic Research / (Long-Tail) Keyword Phrases / Traffic Analytics / Backlink Audits & Analysis / Crawlers / Organic Traffic Insights

SECURITY


Security Plugins / SSL & TLS / Security Headers / Wildcard SSL / SFTP & SSH Terminals / Hotlink Protection

CACHING


Caching Plugins / Minifying & Inlining / Object Cache (Redis®) / Heartbeat Control / Lazy-Loading

Contact

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