1 of the first
with an UiT-in website
per year in the UiTdatabank
per year to Maasmechelen's shopping centers
Quick and efficient thanks to this ‘perfect match’
Even before the kick-off meeting, we were all pulling in the same direction. Of course, there was the existing website. And, the city of Maasmechelen did have a clear-cut goal in mind as well as a concrete plan ahead of the start, and they were actively involved in the development process.
Thanks to our years-long partnership with CultuurNet Vlaanderen, the inspiration and initiator of the UiTdatabank, and other projects recently implemented for UitInVlaanderen, this combination resulted in the ‘perfect match’, throughout the entire process.
In fact, the first design proposed was spot on. Even the myriad functionalities appealed to our client right from Day 1. With a high-quality and high-efficiency end result only 4 months after our first meeting. Not bad, right?
From UiTdatabank to UiTPAS: custom-implemented modules
Of course, the UiTdatabank had to become the beating heart of the new website in Drupal 7: a completely implemented and user-friendly module which allows each visitor to carve out his or her own way quickly and easily through all of the cultural and recreational offerings. A tall order, given that 20,000 organizers input more than 170,000 activities per year. It was here that the experience with other CultuurNet projects came in handy.
Besides all that, we also provided the new website with the following functionalities:
- CultureFeed: a framework of Drupal modules made to interact with UiTdatabank and UiTID
- Highlighted events: a custom-made solution for placing and highlighting current events on the home page
- User box: functionality with which local clubs and associations can add, modify and follow up on their own events
- UiTPAS: a savings and benefits pass which keeps track of users' events and passes along interesting benefits customized to their interests
Let’s go mobile
In addition to the many functionalities featured on the new website, providing the user with a good overview remains a key priority. To this end, we have created a user-friendly interface geared to families and children as well as to tourists. Accessibility is essential, as is the responsive design. The website adapts itself to all web browsers and is easy to read on tablets and on smartphones.
Training, hosting & support
Of course, our partnership does not end with the launch of the website. After the transfer from our developers to the support team, it was their job to support the client with training and advice. So that the city of Maasmechelen could also get down to work on their brand-new platform. And Wunderkraut remains at its post for further hosting and support. Ready to help where needed.