Maples Solicitors - Responsive Website Case Study

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  • Title: Maples Solicitors - Responsive Website Case Study
  • Categories: .NET, Bespoke Development, Response Web Design, Umbraco, Website Development
  • Company: Maples Solicitors
  • Year: 2017

Description

Maples Solicitors appointed PSP IT Design & Development to design and develop a new responsive website to replace their existing website. Maples Solicitors are an established legal firm who have been operating in Spalding since the late 1820’s. They cover many different areas of law including Company and Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Family Law, Licensing Law, Motoring Law, Residential Property and Personal Injury.

Following a review with Maples Solicitors, the following requirements were identified for the new website:

  • Responsive & SEO – New responsive and search engine optimised website that will help increase traffic and reach of the website, leading to increased sales and customer interaction
  • Ease Of Use – Newly styled and intuitive website that will be easy to navigate and use for visitors increasing their visit time and recommendations
  • Manageable Content – Full Umbraco CMS (content management system) allowing Maples Solicitors to easily manage and create new content on the website
  • Developed for accessibility – Full compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and designed with disabled users in mind

The initial phase of the development consisted of PSP producing a functional specification to outline all of the requirements for the new website. The specification covered, in detail, the technical and development requirements to build a new mobile responsive site for Maples Solicitors.

Detailed within the specification were the fields, pages, workflow and logic required within the site.

The functional specification was handed over to Maples Solicitors for review and sign off. Once both parties had signed the document, PSP began development of the site.

The new website was developed using the Umbraco CMS (content management system) platform, including the addition of fully responsive pages for usage on a range of tablets and smartphones (Apple, Android and Windows based).

The open source Umbraco platform allows Maples Solicitors to manage their own site content quickly and efficiently. Maples administrators can create, upload and delete site pages and manage email subscriber lists without having to submit and wait for requests to be actioned by third parties. Umbraco also includes a comprehensive user management system, allowing Maples Solicitors to control who can add, edit or remove their content.

A critical part of the project was making the website compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Maples required a website that could be accessed easily by users with disabilities. This was achieved by ensuring the website was designed in a clear and robust manner, and by utilising functionality that allows site visitors to select from a list of accessibility options to help with their navigation. Options implemented included switching from colour to greyscale, changing the pages to high contrast colours, highlighting links in yellow or underlining links, and an option to increase the size of the fonts on the site.

Beyond the development and in line with PSP’s commitment to quality and their ISO recognition, a comprehensive test plan was created and utilised, and user guides were created to support user training, implementation and to ensure maximum buy-in from all stakeholders.

  • Modern, refreshed look and feel for the Maples Solicitors website
  • Powerful and easy to use Umbraco content management system
  • Responsive design for use on smartphones and tablet devices
  • Accessibility options allowing disabled users to navigate the site easily
  • Search engine optimisation - to help increase traffic to the website
  • Efficient and easy to use website
  • Addition of an email subscriber area to collect details of newsletter subscribers

“We found PSP IT and Ben in particular, very easy to work with during the design and implementation of our new website. Their speed, attention to detail and knowledge throughout was fantastic and we are very pleased with the end result. We look forward to a strong working relationship with them going forward”.

Chris Ayre, Office Manager at Maples Solicitors LLP

“Following our recent Lexcel Re-Assessment where we were awarded ‘Excellence in Legal Practice Management and Client Care’ the Assessor was highly complementary on how well our new website catered for the disabled and in particular, the partially sighted.  We would like to give PSP a massive thank you in helping us produce such a website and look forward to continuing our working relationship with them in the future.”

 

Chris Ayre, Office Manager at Maples Solicitors LLP, Spalding

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