MCERF

 

The Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation (MCERF) supports the mechanical contracting industry's most important human resource and research needs. MCERF cultivates activities that allow professionals in the mechanical contracting industry to succeed in their businesses.

Successful user experiences are built on thoughtful strategic planning and solid information architecture. WebFirst developed an entirely new information architecture that allows MCERF users to find the information they need as quickly as possible and also streamlines the content updating process for their staff. We followed our standard lifecycle process to develop the website and during the information architecture phase, WebFirst worked closely with the MCERF team to determine the relationships between pages and data; workflow process for content review, approval, and posting; and overall functionality and features of the website.

Among many functionality implemented, WebFirst developed a custom AJAX interface to create a dynamic list of partners and supporters.  In addition, we integrated Stripe to the donation form for back end ecommerce processing. Stripe is a new & innovative method of accepting credit cards. With Stripe, we were created a single combined account for merchant account and payment gateway, making it easier for MCERF to collect donations directly from partners and supporters. We also developed a user-friendly U.S. map to mark the location of various MCERF student chapters with integration of social media, allowing users to share content to Facebook, Twitter, Google + and etc.

Technologies used: Drupal 7, PHP/MySQL, Photoshop and a variety of Design / Wireframing tools.

"WebFirst didn’t “design” our website (www.mcerf.org) …they crafted our vision for our website into a beautiful, functional reality.  They didn’t direct us…they listened, and they prototyped, and they inspired us with their visualizations of our ideas…and, in the end, after we went live, we have never looked back.  They helped us create a CMS (content management system) for our site that we mere mortals control!  I have even made changes to the site at 30,000’ via Southwest Airlines wi-fi!  That is the ultimate in personal control and responsiveness to the fast changes in our market…it’s the difference we were looking for and now have.  Thank you, WebFirst!"

- Dennis Langley, LEED AP | Executive Director MCERF

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WebFirst didn’t “design” our website …they crafted our vision for our website into a beautiful, functional reality.  They didn’t direct us…they listened, and they prototyped, and they inspired us with their visualizations of our ideas…and, in the end, after we went “live”, we have never looked back.  They helped us create a CMS (content management system) for our site that we mere mortals control!  I have even made changes to the site at 30,000’ via Southwest Airlines wi-fi!  That is the ultimate in personal control and responsiveness to the fast changes in our market…it’s the difference we were looking for and now have.  Thank you, WebFirst!

-Dennis Langley, Executive Director