Animal Adoption Website

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The South Bedfordshire branch of the RSPCA is an independent animal welfare charity. They already had a website which was established in 2002 and had undergone a few redesigns over the years but it needed to be updated to take advantage of responsive web design techniques. It’s a popular site with about 3,000 visitors/month.

The old website also had no way for the stakeholders to update content on the website themselves. This meant information was frequently out-of-date, there was however a rudimentary method for updating the animals that were available for adoption.

The redesign and transfer into WordPress took around 2 weeks to complete. There wasn’t a particularly large amount of content to transfer across but it did need need restructuring to make this information easier to locate.

A Custom Post Type was built to facilitate the adding and categorisation of new animals for adoption. New image sizes were added to automatically create a range of images for use in the template when an image is uploaded through the WordPress media library.

A custom function was built onto the GravityForms plugin pre_render hook to make their adoption enquiry form more intuitive by dynamically replacing checkboxes with animal images.


This project is an ongoing one, as part of my volunteering role as a cat fosterer for the branch. Future additions include a better donation/sponsorship process, automated new animal email alerts and training to key staff within the branch on using and updating the blog and new animals.

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GravityForms & GravityPDF

GravityForms & GravityPDF

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GravityForms & GravityPDF web application. Manage My Menopause was designed to be launched in line with the new NICE guidelines on treating menopausal symptoms which were released mid-November 2015 and the aim was to raise the profile and awareness of the menopause and the benefits Hormone Replacement Therapy can have in treating the symptoms. Shortly after launch it was featured in a Daily Mail on-line article and received around 3,000 visitors in one day.

2016 HEE AwardsThe website was a finalist in the 2016 HEE Awards for innovation in the NHS.

The website is in essence a large multi-page form that asks the user a series of questions. The client required that on submitting the form the site created a PDF document that was tailored toward the user based on the responses in the form. An initial working mockup of the site was created to present to the client to show how the mechanism might work.

Form building is one of the more tedious aspects of building websites but I had previously built custom scripts to dynamically create PDF documents so understood the challenges and decided that GravityForms (GF) with the GravityPDF (gPDF) plug-in was the ideal solution.

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