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Philippe Heckly
UX Designer, Infographist

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Enfants du Cameroun – Web Design, UX

The previous site This was how the website looked like before. The links were red and there...

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Homepage of the "Enfants du Cameroun" website

The previous site

Website with some need of TLC

This was how the website looked like before. The links were red and there were many of them. The logo was not integrated and had nothing to do the the branding of the site and it was hosted on someone personal pages.

Enfants du Cameroun

Tools — Web Design
Client — Non-Profit

New home page

Challenge

“Enfants du Cameroun” was in a pickle with a website hosted on someone personal web pages. It was lacking some professional touch and was relying heavily on Facebook for its updates.

Background

“Enfants du Cameroun” is a French non-profit based near Paris who funds a children shelter in South Cameroon. It uses its website for public recognition of its latest happenings though most of it was posted on Facebook first.

The team

Since the bulk of the team is located in France I had to work remotely with them, submitting rounds for approval. Bertrand is the lead editor, Pierre-Nicolas oversees the whole, Claire was the previous “webmaster” and was kind enough to pass the baton gracefully and Alice joined the team later.

Technical challenges

I worked with a small team of French speakers who wanted the ease of a CMS and a French interface as none of them felt really comfortable using English on the website. Luckily WordPress offered that feature. I am using the WordPress TwentyFourteen theme pretty much out of the box though I wrote a child theme which made minor tweaks to the main theme.

The old site had a dated look and required a ‘webmaster’ for maintenance purposes. The pages were tied by a common background color and fonts but lacked layout consistency.

Solution

I volunteered my time and effort to build a minimal website with the idea to use it as a testing ground. It offered some challenges as the French speakers were rooting for a Content Management System in French which luckily WordPress offered. It also needed to be flexible as the “Enfants” page will grow over time as more children are featured. The main goal of this site is to offer an online presence and show what’s going on in Cameroon—an African nation—to its French donors.

Result

The site can be accessed at http://enfantsducameroun.org/
It was well received as it provides easy access to editable content and a more modern look and feel to the site.

Acknowledgements

Un immense merci à toi Philippe. Le résultat est superbe. C’est un énorme boulot et tous les membres de l’association te sont reconnaissants.

— Pierre-Nicolas Carissan, Membre fondateur d’Enfants du Cameroun

 

A huge thanks to you,  Philippe. The result is superb. It was a huge job and all the members of the association are thankful to you.

— Pierre-Nicolas Carissan, Enfants du Cameroon Founder

 

The blog now has a nice white background and large pictures. They are time stamped and easily trackable. But most importantly the site editors have total freedom using the CMS and updating the site as they see fit since the association relies heavily on volunteers who do this after hours.

Children taking care of babies at the center