Parish Councils move to WordPress

Mobile Responsive WordPress website for Budock Parish Council

The Councils

The websites of Mawnan, Breage and Budock parish are aimed at local people and those researching, planning to visit, or planning to move to the area. Councillors can be contacted via the site and residents are encouraged to become actively involved with Local Government. These websites include information on Parish Council meetings, agendas and minutes of past meetings.

I built static HTML websites for these parish councils about 7 years ago and the time had come for them to update to a mobile responsive design they could manage themselves. They need the ability to upload regular news items to keep the community aware of everything that is going on.

The Solution

The move to WordPress gives them all of the editing capabilities they need.  They are each using the WordPress TwentyFourteen theme with a tiny amount of theme customisation.  Mawnan and Budock are using the original green theme colours, whereas Breage opts for blue.  The custom area photograph as the main header image on each website personalises them.  The TwentyFourteen theme suits them well because they don’t need custom WordPress design, they just need the website to be functional.

Not only do the new WordPress sites look great but the easy to use navigation menus enable visitors to reach the content they want to see quickly.  They are also mobile responsive designs, so easy access for visitors no matter where or how they visit the site.

The new websites allow them to:

  • Upload PDF files containing meeting minutes and agendas for visitors to download.
  • Add regular news updates.
  • Manage their list of councillors.
  • Publish transparency code information.
  • Publish accounts and financial information.
  • Update text and images in all of their regular pages.

Thes sites look great on all devices from desktop to mobile and have a good ranking on Google.

Finally, the websites are developed using the WordPress 2014 template.

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