This project was completed on Mar 7, 2016
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Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Help The Arctic Institute communicate their work with a content management system (CMS)-based website, so that they can easily manage and update site content on a regular basis.
The Arctic Institute
Washington, DC, USA

Posted November 18th

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Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Project Details

What We Need
  • Development of a new website using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch
  • Note: This project is for a website built with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, Drupal, or Weebly . A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a conner strategy, sitemap, template chosen, and mockup, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a dedicated staff person and our UI Catchafire volunteer, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to hold 1 workshop for climate adaptation for rural communities being relocated.

As a virtual think tank, our website is at the heart of all we do. It provides a place for the public and policymakers to learn about Arctic peoples and environments, gives young scholars a platform to publish their work, and helps connect at-risk communities with our research and events on climate adaptation solutions. From our current Blogger site, we hope to move our website to Wordpress, using a hybrid of a template and custom design. We are looking for a volunteer who has worked on Wordpress before and has experience with editing templates and responsive design. Thank you!

Project Plan

Prep: Share Information
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an outline of the Organization’s needs and goals for the new website, which should include any specific features that are required (e.g., contact forms, mobile responsive design, member sign in, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides approved content and images to be used for the new website (e.g., About Us copy, Mission Statement, staff bios and images, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with links to any existing online presence that the Organization has (e.g., social media, blog, existing website, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host, if necessary
Milestone 1: Kick-off Discussion
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the timeline and scope of the website project, including: the number of pages or sections for the new website, specific features and plugins requires, look and feel for the website (themes), target date for initial review, target date for website launch
  • Professional reviews information provided and makes recommendations for which CMS application to use
  • Volunteer Manager signs up for the selected CMS application, and provides Professional with credentials to create the website
Milestone 2: Build & Review
  • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to build the website
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the in-progress website and provides feedback
  • Professional completes any required functional QA
Milestone 3: Website Launch
  • Professional provides final website for approval to launch
  • Volunteer Manager approves the website for launch, or requests approval from any stakeholders
  • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
  • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
  • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content and maintain the website going forward
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About The Org

The Arctic Institute
Our Mission

TAI envisions a world in which the Arctic’s diverse and complex sources of insecurity are identified, understood, and innovatively resolved. We hope to achieve this by informing Arctic policy across the circumpolar region through objective, multidisciplinary, and innovative social science research. We do this through publishing high-quality, open access research on a range of issues relating to security in the High North; providing innovative policy analysis and recommendations to policymakers a

What We Do

The Arctic Institute is an independent international institute dedicated to research of and engagement in the many dimensions of Arctic insecurity. Established in 2011, TAI provides data, analysis, and recommendations to policymakers, researchers, media, and the interested public. Based in Washington, DC, TAI’s network of research associates extends across North America, Scandinavia, and the European Union.


Julian was an incredible volunteer who took our organization to the next level with his professional development of our website. Taking our viewpoint and ideas into careful consideration, Julian used his insightful expertise in Wordpress development to build, at at times design, a state of the art (and very robust) website. A team player, Julian worked effectively and efficiently with our UX volunteer and a number of staff members to ensure that every detail of the website was executive to perfection in a timely manner. The result is arguably one of the better website in think tank standard practice. I would highly recommend Julian for any future web building and design projects.
Victoria Herrmann
Victoria H.

Managing Director

Website Construction (CMS-Based) Project

I worked with both Victoria and Malte of the Arctic Institute and both are very friendly and professional. Requirements were clear and they did plenty of prep work before bringing me in (for example a full site audit, website design and copy preparation) which gave the whole project a clear direction.
Julian Garcia
Julian G.

Front End Web Developer

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