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Localgov Drupal Support and Theme

 

Zaltek Digital provided a unique and personalised frontend theme to Luton for their new Localgov Drupal website, along with expert advice and support on how to effectively use Drupal content types and page components.

 

Localgov Drupal is a publicly owned asset, aimed at providing a better web service for citizens and to create a community of developers, content designers and digital leaders from local councils across the UK.

The product is a Drupal based, open-source website publishing platform that aims to “create sector wide digital transformation by developing a shared pool of code, resources, research and expertise”.

The product has received high praise and some councils are already hosting their own websites built on the platform. The next step for many of these councils is to customise and adapt their websites to best suit their citizen’s needs, as well as beginning to figure out how to actually use it…

 

screenshot of localgov drupal demo page

Localgov drupal demo theme

The Challenge

 

Luton Borough Council needed help getting started with the platform. With our collective expertise in Drupal and frontend development, we were more than prepared to provide them as requested:

  • – Drupal technical development skills to install the Localgov Drupal code, as well as make some feature changes.
  • – A Luton specific theme and homepage.
  • – Custom content types, views, blocks and pages.
  • – Localgov Drupal coordination to contribute to their standards development and relay feedback.
  • – Expertise to their IT team in Drupal, open-source and cloud sharing technologies.

 

luton theme screenshot

Our custom Localgov Drupal theme for Luton

Our Approach

 

For this project, we followed our five step process. Which involves:

Workshops > Wireframe > Hi-definition Figma Design > Static HTML/CSS/Javascript prototype >  Convert static HTML site into Content Management System

Specifically addressing WCAG2.1AA compliance in the Static HTML phase. We test the static prototype on mobile devices to ensure a good user experience.

 

We worked in close communication with Luton Borough Council, collaborating on Miro to pinpoint key thematic elements and page components. We also posted bug reports and sought advice on the Localgov Drupal slack channel, contributing to their open-source community.

 

mire board

Miro board collaboration in action

 

We conducted our own user research and took inspiration from some of Luton’s core design concepts from their original website to ensure their users would still feel at home on their new home page.

 

old luton homepage

The original Luton homepage

 

new luton home

Luton’s new homepage

 

We used our strong background in Drupal to understand the design goals of the localgov distribution, so we could seamlessly integrate our tailor-made custom blocks, views and pages. Additionally we isolated elements of the existing Localgov Drupal components to add our own tweaks and styling.

 

our custom latest events block

Our custom “latest events” view block

 

We held fortnightly “show and tell” meetings to keep Luton in the loop, as well as receive feedback on the additions we had made. These meetings kept our workflow in line with Luton’s priorities and allowed us to adapt new ideas into the website as they occurred.

 

slide from a show & tell

Slide from a show & tell

 

Training

Finally, we held a one to one session with Luton’s IT lead, explaining the ins and outs of the platform. This was further supplemented by a number of pre-prepared short Loom video tutorials.