Rad Campaign was in the process of working out final contract details for a site redesign and redevelopment with Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers when I joined the firm. I was assigned as the sole developer and project manager to work with Monkey Helpers on their site.
The Director of Development and Senior Development and Communication Associate had already given extensive thought to how they wanted to revise their site’s structure.
I translated this structure into the Functional Requirements document which would be the blueprint for back-end development.
I also created a sitemap based on what they had proposed. With this visual in front of them, they chose to make some adjustments regarding the Support Us and Program sections.
Designing for Development
I guided Monkey Helpers staff members through the design evaluation process as they were unfamiliar with wireframes and their purpose.
After they approved wireframes I worked with Rad Campaign’s designer giving input on internal rounds of design before providing the client with two initial homepages from which to choose.
Developing the Design
During the design phase I used the Functional Requirements document as a blueprint to begin back-end development on Drupal creating content types and fields and custom Drupal views.
Because I served as the solo Project Manager for this project I maintained the project schedule while doing the development on the site assuring I met all project milestones on time.
I also handled the client’s requests for changes during the development process evaluating whether or not they fell within the project’s scope and if they didn’t making sure the client knew the implications of the request and worked with them to find a solution.
I worked with Monkey Helpers staff members on their Content Strategy as they revised and edited their content before site launch. I advised them on best practices for engaging site visitors within the site’s new structure.
Rad Campaign’s practice at this time was to use Omega as a base for all custom Drupal themes. I used Omega to create:
- a subtheme
- custom deltas
As the solo developer I was responsible for all back-end customization and front-end theming for the Monkey Helpers site. I also created and delivered basic site management training for Monkey Helpers’ Director of Development and Senior Development and Communication Associate.
We re-designed our website with Rad Campaign from 2012-2013 and Anne was my point of contact, my steadfast rock, and my website “EMT” from that time until she left Rad Campaign. – Erica Noyes, Senior Development and Communication Associate at Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled
During my four years at Rad Campaign I continued to be the primary point of contact for Monkey Helpers for maintenance – including Drupal core and module security updates, implementation of SSL, and the implementation of functionality to facilitate specific end of year giving tactics – and site change requests including incorporating functionality for donations when Monkey Helpers switched eCRM providers.
I also created and delivered advanced site management training for Monkey Helpers Senior Development and Communication Associate.