As part of drive to create a single brand for all government-related services online, the blog platform was important point of engagement between central government and the public. However, there were a number of challenges to be met:
dxw recommended a flexible multi-site WordPress installation, which would allow new blogs to be added in minutes, as well as allowing GDS to grant administrator privileges to departmental users while retaining overall control of the platform.
We knew that security was a priority. Plugins provided much of the site’s enhanced functionality (for example, guest author attribution) but we wanted to make sure that these didn’t compromise security in any way. We advised on the selection of suitable plugins and did inspections and tests on the plugins that were eventually chosen. We also host the site, providing GDS with a reliable, load balanced service, where capacity can be reduced and increased through our flexible, pay-as-you-go hosting offer.
We developed a responsive WordPress theme based on initial designs provided by GDS, which we tested and refined over time.
This was a complex project, where dxw’s extensive central government experience came into play. GDS recognised our technical capability and deep WordPress expertise and valued the advice we were able to provide on priority issues like security and assurance.
With a safe, easy-to-use, accessible and flexible centralised hub in place, GDS has been able to put blogging firmly at the forefront of central government’s engagement with the public.
There are now over 50 blogs hosted here, with more being added over time, attracting around 100,000 visits per month.