Case Study

Toe River Forge

Toe River Forge

Project Details

The Mitchell County Democratic Party approached us with a request to develop a new, mobile-ready and responsive site initially utilizing much of the content of an existing website.  The original site was created using Wordpress and was not suitable to recreate using anything other than Joomla! for their purposes.  The BIG emphasis was placed on INFORMATION  as a means of getting the word out about programs, policies, causes, issues and candidates.
  • Client: Toe River Forge
  • Solution:Joomla! CMS
  • Date:2018
  • Category:Business
  • Website:Toe River Forge

Over View

Heavy emphasis was placed on a highly INFORMATIONAL experience and highlighting the issues and candidates. The website needed to contain a lot of information and make it easily accessible to the voters in each local precinct, while at the same time, providing information about the State and National platforms and races.  Joomla! made this easy.
In addition to an events component, we added Joomshaper's Page Builder component to allow authorized personnel to add, edit and remove content as needed from the front end of the website.  By simply logging in, those with appropriate permissions can manage the website directly without the need for administrative access to the back end of the website.  This makes it a very easy for the end users.

Project Goals

A highly VISUAL design for presenting lots of varied information, ease of navigation for the site visitor, minimal management learning curve, highly customizable, scalable, SEO ready, perfomance enabled for mobile users, low data useage, speed, reliability and above all, supported for the life of the project.

Joomla! meets all of these requirements virtually out of the box, but we've added enhancements to help attain all of the current and anticipated needs of the client.  

  • Keep costs low using FREE, Open-Source components where possible.
  • Create a user EXPERIENCE for the site visitor.  Interesting and informative.
  • Simplify site management, support and analytics.  Be USER FRIENDLY.
  • Adaptable to any future use, ability to KEEP CURRENT with web standards.
  • Generate PHYSICAL TRAFFIC to the Mitchell County Dempcratic Party site by creating an exciting, unique and always-evolving experience.  

Project Components

In addition to the base Joomla! CMS, we utilized a custom, commercial template to speed the initial design process and customized it to fit the clients' needs.  The template came from Joomshaper's extensive assortment of beautiful designs.  Then we added all of the required components, modules and plugins to the system to bring the vision to life.  A list of some of the products used is below....
  • Joomshaper's commercial Page Builder Pro
  • RSEvents Pro by RS Joomla
  • Akeeba Backup Pro
  • SP Simple Portfolio
  • Artio JoomDoc
  • Multilingual Plugin
  • HikaShop eCommerce
  • FW Gallery
  • JCH Optimize Pro
  • SEO Optimizer

End Results

Our client, Mitchell County Democratic Party, could not have been more pleased with the end result.  From being able to manage the website themselves to evolving throughout a real-world political campaign season leading up to a successful 2018 vote, the Mitchell County Democratic Party has one of the leading programs in the region and is leading the way in the Western North Crolina Highlands region.

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