Nature Space is a website for groups, individuals and landowners undertaking ecological restoration in New Zealand.
Nature Space had grown over several years into a busy community hub with nearly 4000 pages, but the Australian company which had built the original site wasn't able to offer the support they needed.
Once Xequals had taken over the hosting and support of the complex, organic groups site, we began a new project to redesign what had become a very old look. We used component based design to develop a new theme that could support a wide range of community contributed content, while keeping the front end as slim as possible. The new design has an emphasis on highlighting the volunteer effort, and encouraging people to get involved by making the user interface simpler.
During this time we also simplified the site structure and architecture, which had been dependant on historic customisations and unneeded, resource intensive modules.