Suffolk Police Federation responsive web design

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Police Federation LogoWho are Suffolk Police Federation?

Suffolk Police Federation is the latest addition to our portfolio of Police Federation websites, joining sites we have designed and developed for Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, among others. Suffolk were impressed by our work on other Federation sites we've created and approached us to redevelop their existing website.

Police Federations are much like trade unions, representing the officers working in their respective constabularies and providing support and guidance on matters ranging from conditions to pay.

Suffolk Police Federation urgently wished to revitalise their website to give their members a better online experience by improving usability and expanding functionality. The website also needed to be responsive to cater for the growing number of people accessing the internet on smartphones and tablet devices.

Mobile HomepageWhat the client has to say about our work...

 

We are delighted with the website, it's a million times better than we had before.

Mick Richardson, JBB Secretary

 

Design

The layout of the Suffolk Police Federation website is modular, with tiles representing different sections and functions available on the site. This design method translates well to mobile devices, allowing the layout of the site to be easily re-arranged to suit smaller screens.

Working with the Suffolk Police Federation crest as inspiration, we chose a simple colour palette for this website predominately featuring white and blue to give the website a clean modern edge.

In contrast to this, red has been used as an accent colour to draw the users attention to certain key aspects, particularly the Sign In button which allows the user to access private content. In line with the main theme a muted full-screen background image adds interest but allows important content on this website to shine.

As this website was responsive we created both a desktop design and mobile design for approval.

Development

Suffolk Police Federation, like many of their counterparts, have chosen to restrict certain resources to members only. For this reason the Joomla content management system was chosen as our development platform. Joomla is an open-source CMS with global reach, featuring rich editing options and a wide range of third-party extensions to increase functionality.

It should be noted at this stage that when choosing a CMS it's important to keep in mind that regular system updates may be required to sustain functionality and keep your website secure. We recommend that updates to new versions of your chosen system are carried out as soon as possible to ensure your website is robust and always accessible. Ballyhoo can shoulder the burden of this commitment for you, ask us about our Support and Maintenance packages.

Following Suffolk's approval of their website concept design our developers first began work on creating a bespoke Joomla website template in CSS and HTML, matching the concept as closely as possible. Web development took place in a temporary online environment allowing the client to view our progress at any stage and complete user acceptance testing.

Following completion of development this website was tested in a huge range of desktop web browsers and mobile devices at our disposal to ensure the site appears and performs as expected regardless of device.

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