When Toni Rome first connected with the Scottish Prisoners of War Society (SPOWS) she was following a trail to track down an ancestor who was taken prisoner during the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 — one of two battles of the English Civil War. SPOWS is dedicated to promoting and preserving the research concerning the Scottish prisoners who were exiled to New England after the Battles of Dunbar (1650) and Worcester (1651).
The founder of SPOWS was managing a WordPress website that had ballooned to hundreds of pages and images, which was becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain. Although not a web developer, she did yeoman’s work handling a repository of historical and genealogical information, including 264 prisoner profile pages that descendants and researchers from around the world accessed daily. It was the perfect time for a redesign.
The first step in the process was to audit the site and content, establish goals, and then plan the information architecture and user experience. The overarching goal for the entire project, was to organize everything in a meaningful way – to make navigation easy, and streamline content management. This process revealed many challenges for development. Read the details in this PDF to discover the solutions we implemented.