ASSIST Scholars

New website for ASSIST Scholars

In the realm of education and scholarship, accessibility and global reach are paramount. With the evolving landscape of digital platforms, it’s imperative for organizations like ASSIST Scholars to adapt and ensure inclusivity while expanding their reach across borders. That’s precisely what we achieved with the recent overhaul of the ASSIST Scholars website.

Moving away from a proprietary platform to WordPress marked a significant leap forward in enhancing the website’s functionality and accessibility. The transition empowered us to implement innovative features tailored to accommodate diverse users and cater to an international audience effectively.

One of the primary focuses of the overhaul was to ensure seamless navigation and comprehension for users worldwide. With the implementation of customized translations, visitors can now access content in their preferred language, fostering a more inclusive browsing experience. This feature not only enhances accessibility but also demonstrates ASSIST Scholars’ commitment to embracing diversity on a global scale.

Navigating through the website is now more intuitive, thanks to dynamic navigation options that adapt based on the selected language. This enhancement streamlines the user experience, allowing individuals from different cultural backgrounds to effortlessly explore the website and access relevant information.

Furthermore, we introduced a custom post type for each country represented by ASSIST Scholars. This tailored approach facilitates the easy creation and editing of application information specific to each region, ensuring accuracy and relevance for prospective scholars worldwide. By providing country-specific details in a structured format, we empower users with the information they need to pursue educational opportunities seamlessly.

Beyond functionality, aesthetics play a crucial role in engaging visitors and reinforcing brand identity. The website’s design, crafted by our talented designer Elana, embodies the essence of ASSIST Scholars’ mission while delivering a visually captivating experience. Each element is meticulously designed to be on-brand, cohesive, and visually stimulating, thereby enhancing user engagement and brand recognition.

In the pursuit of inclusivity, we also placed a strong emphasis on accessibility testing. Recognizing the stricter accessibility standards in Europe, we conducted comprehensive tests to ensure compliance with regulations and guidelines. By prioritizing accessibility, we uphold the principles of equality and ensure that the website is accessible to all, regardless of physical or cognitive abilities.

The ASSIST Scholars website overhaul represents a significant milestone in the organization’s journey towards fostering educational opportunities on a global scale. Through strategic enhancements and a commitment to inclusivity, we’ve transformed the digital experience, making it more accessible, user-friendly, and impactful.

As we continue to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape, our partnership with ASSIST Scholars stands as a testament to the power of collaboration in driving positive change. Together, we’re breaking down barriers, empowering individuals, and shaping a brighter future through education.

What the client had to say

“We love the site and are very thankful you care so much.”

Christine D’Angelo, Director of International Scholar Recruitment

In tackling the ASSIST Scholars website overhaul, our approach was centered on two key objectives: enhancing accessibility and expanding global engagement. We adopted a multifaceted strategy to achieve these goals, incorporating a blend of technical expertise, innovative design, and user-centric functionalities.

Approach

  1. Transition to WordPress: The decision to migrate from a proprietary platform to WordPress laid the foundation for improved functionality and flexibility. Leveraging WordPress’s robust framework, we gained the agility to implement tailored solutions and streamline content management processes.
  2. Customized Translations: Recognizing the importance of language diversity, we prioritized the integration of customized translations. By offering content in multiple languages, we aimed to create a more inclusive browsing experience for users across different regions and linguistic backgrounds.
  3. Dynamic Navigation Options: To optimize usability, we implemented dynamic navigation options that adjust based on the selected language. This adaptive approach ensures intuitive navigation and facilitates seamless exploration of the website’s content, irrespective of language preferences.
  4. Custom Post Types: Tailoring our solution to the unique needs of ASSIST Scholars, we developed custom post types for each country represented by the organization. This bespoke approach enables efficient management of country-specific application information, enhancing accuracy and relevance for prospective scholars.
  5. Design Innovation: Collaborating closely with our designer, Elana, we conceptualized a visually captivating design that reflects ASSIST Scholars’ brand identity while fostering user engagement. Every aspect of the design was meticulously crafted to be on-brand, cohesive, and aesthetically pleasing.
  6. Accessibility Testing: Given the stringent accessibility standards in Europe, we conducted rigorous testing to ensure compliance with regulations and guidelines. By prioritizing accessibility, we aimed to create an inclusive digital environment that caters to users of all abilities.

Outcome

Our efforts resulted in a transformative outcome for ASSIST Scholars’ digital presence. Through our collaborative approach and commitment to excellence, we achieved the following outcomes:

  1. Enhanced Accessibility: By prioritizing accessibility testing and compliance, we ensured that the website is accessible to all users, regardless of physical or cognitive abilities. This commitment to inclusivity reflects ASSIST Scholars’ dedication to equality and accessibility in education.
  2. Global Reach: The integration of customized translations and dynamic navigation options has expanded the website’s reach to a global audience. Users from diverse cultural backgrounds can now access content in their preferred language, fostering greater engagement and participation.
  3. Streamlined Content Management: The implementation of custom post types for each country has streamlined the creation and editing of application information, enhancing efficiency and accuracy. This structured approach empowers ASSIST Scholars to deliver country-specific content with ease and precision.
  4. Engaging Design: Elana’s unique design vision has brought the ASSIST Scholars’ brand to life, creating a visually captivating digital experience. The website’s design not only reflects the organization’s mission but also enhances user engagement and brand recognition.
  5. Future-Ready Platform: With the transition to WordPress and the implementation of scalable solutions, the ASSIST Scholars’ website is well-positioned for future growth and adaptation. The flexible framework enables ongoing optimization and evolution to meet the organization’s evolving needs.

Before

screenshot of former ASSIST Scholars website

New Website

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