Our ideas

Curo Housing Association is a leading Housing Association servicing the social housing needs around Bath and Bristol.

Nvisage was chosen by Curo as a specialist Housing Association web development company to create a new website which was mobile friendly.

Our approach was to undertake initial consultancy with the client in the form of a series of workshops to fully understand the client’s and their stakeholder’s requirements. The client was migrating five websites to a single new site and therefore our first task was to create the taxonomy for the new site.

From the initial consultancy and the taxonomy we created a series of interactive HTML wireframes to fully prototype the site. This allowed us to test the layout and positioning of content as well as the navigation and template structure prior to designing the site. This is a fundamental aspect of usability testing which is essential in order to create an effective website. Once this was tested, amended and approved through stakeholder testing we moved on to the design phase.

The design was specifically required to be mobile friendly so we used the 960 responsive grid approach in order to allow the design to wrap and fit all standard mobile phone browsers.

To allow the administrators to fully manage the site themselves, we chose the Umbraco content management system. Nvisage are specialist umbraco developers and have chosen this platform for its ease of use for non-technical administartors and its flexibility in allowing our developers to create complete tailored solutions.

The results

The website has fully met the brief and has been highly regarded both within and outside of the social housing sector. We have delivered a contemporary looking site entirely based around the proven needs of the stakeholders. It also works across all mobile phone browsers without the need for dedicated apps per mobile platform

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