First, we had long chat about the way Lydia Project works, so I could understand the dispersed nature of the team and get a picture of an ideal world solution, as well as what’s more achievable with where they’re at now.
WordPress was the obvious choice of platform for their new website, as it would allow them to have as many different authors as they can get, whilst retaining editorial control. Control was particularly important, since some of the projects involve very vulnerable people and their security must be protected at all times. The availability of payment, forum and other plugins meant we could add additional elements of functionality as Lydia Project need and are able to support them.
Training was always going to be a big part of the new site. Neither of the two new authors had any prior knowledge of WordPress, and one is based in Lithuania. Having built the framework for the site, we waited for her next UK visit and scheduled a couple of half-day training sessions that would fit in with her busy schedule.