Mies Society

A WordPress & NetCommunity Success Story

The Challenge

Mies Society’s website contained outdated content, many instances of broken functionality and broken links. The site was also maintained by a third-party developer that was difficult to access. Continuing under these conditions was impossible so the team at Mies Society reached out to us seeking a website solution that was as easy to use for administrators as external users. It was also important that they didn’t lose the Raiser’s Edge / NetCommunity functionality their sister organization, Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni, already had in place.

“Editing our site in WordPress is much easier than our previous software. And, the best part is that everyone here LOVES the site – many, many thanks to the Nonprofit Garden team for your hard work over the last several months, and though staffing changes, to make it happen!”

Rebecca Scherer

Director of Advancement Communications, IIT - Mies Society

WordPress & NetCommunity Success Story: Mies Society

WordPress / NetCommunity Project Highlights

Mobile Responsive Websites

Created a hybrid WordPress / NetCommunity website solution with seamless transition for external users.

Photo Gallery Lightbox

Created a custom photo gallery with lightbox functionality that displays full-size versions of imagery along with copyright, photo credits and captions.

Social Media Integration

Implemented social media sharing options to all pages in WordPress website.

The Solution

In a tight budget cycle, we worked with the team at Mies Society to transfer the current site design into both WordPress and NetCommunity websites. It was important that users were unaware of the transition from the main WordPress site to any online giving, membership or event registration pages housed in NetCommunity. Launching this hybrid CMS solution gave staff immediate access to make updates quickly without losing the database integration to which they were accustomed.

Project Details

  • Designed and developed a WordPress website with intuitive administrative functionality to reduce staff time when making updates to the website.
  • Provided management, launch and support for new child site for support.miessociety.org in a shared Blackbaud NetCommunity installation.
  • Replicated the main site design in NetCommunity for use with online giving & membership for a seamless user experience in a hybrid content management system (CMS) solution.
  • Consulted with Mies Society team on WordPress and NetCommunity best practices.