Developed an Intranet Using WordPress
How Aciron does it
One of the largest New England-based retail developers had a mission to create properties where people want to be. Overall, it wanted to develop an intranet on open-source technology. To sum up, Aciron implemented the new intranet using WordPress. this retail company required our technology consulting services. In addition, we provided training for continued use.
To start, the largest commercial real estate firm in New England was in the process of a rebranding. In short, the effort included relaunching their corporate website and internal company branding materials. As part of this rebranding effort, the firm wanted to redesign their outdated intranet. For example, it had to follow the same design standards as their corporate website.
Aciron began the engagement by meeting with the client's key stakeholders to flesh out intranet requirements. Initially, the client expressed interest in building the intranet on Microsoft SharePoint. So, the Aciron consultants met with the key stakeholders to demonstrate the "out-of-the-box" capabilities of a SharePoint intranet. After seeing the demonstration, the client made it clear that design was the key goal of the initiative. Most importantly, there needed to be an accelerated timeline so that the intranet release could coincide with the release of the new public-facing website.
Based on these requirements, Aciron's team of consultants explained that custom development could be done on top of SharePoint to meet the client's unique design requirements. But, such customization could be extremely time-intensive. For this reason, as well as the client's accelerated timeline, Aciron recommended that the intranet be developed on a content management system. For example, like WordPress.
In other words, we could achieve a highly-customized design in the short time frame. WordPress is a user-friendly and intuitive content management system that has quick setup and development. Further, it had great flexibility for design customization. Thankfully, a new design is easily achieved by implementing a theme.
Aciron helped the client to develop a branded intranet on the WordPress platform. The intranet's sleek design ensures that it is consistent with the company's new branding. Most certainly, the layout was a continuation of the public-facing website. The chosen WordPress theme incorporates similar design elements to the corporate site. As a result, the intranet uses the company's new color scheme, redesigned logo, and custom font.
In conclusion, the intranet promotes internal communication by featuring company news and announcements. Similarly, it provided employees with an idea box to submit suggestions to corporate leadership. The intranet also features an HR hub where employees can find the information and resources they need.
Since implementing the new intranet, the client has been able to utilize the training we provided to easily manage and update the content of the site to ensure that users have access to relevant, up-to-date information. The client continues to expand the site using the page templates we created for them and is extremely pleased with the versatility and robustness of the WordPress platform.