Hull Lighthouse are one of the most excellent charity’s in Hull. They’ve made it their mission to help women who are forced into prostitution, break free of their circumstances and do their best to help them move in the direction of a full and healthy life. When they reached out to me to lend a hand redesigning and developing their website, I jumped at the chance. Moving from an already built, but very old site, we spoke about their needs and requirements. As they have regular uploads of newsletters, a Content Management System was a must – as I’m very fond of WordPress, that’s what we went with. After presenting three options to HLH, they elected for a pre-made theme, but tailored to their needs.
HLH has already given their design some thought, they wanted aspects of another charity site incorporated into their own, whilst having their own look, feel and identity. As this was a site primarily aimed at women in needs, the goal was to use calming colours that were neutral but still had personality to them. HLH made clear that the main function, if nothing else, or the site had to be that the women could get in touch easily, so a Contact button needed to be either in the hero image itself, or just below.
The design was quite simple but very effective. As always, the goal was to provide an easy to use, informative website that looked good. I made sure all the information that was included was relevant and served a purpose as not to dilute the important message of HLH’s cause.
As the quarterly newsletters that HLH sent out were usually in PDF format, I turned the blog section into a newsletter area and made it easy to upload the newsletters directly, to be viewed in their native PDF format. I then created a donation page to make donations just that little bit easier – incorporating PayPal donations as well as the classic method of bank transfer.
I still maintain the Hull Lighthouse website, ensuring everything is kept functional and running smoothly, so those who need help aren’t without an extremely vital and undervalued charity resource.