Website Design – Brentwood Theatre
An old colleague from the events world – Jon Hare, came to me when he’d taken his new position as Theatre Manager of Brentwood Theatre. The brief was straightforward – bring the Website into 2017!
Ok, maybe the brief wasn’t quite as straightforward as that, but it was close.
The old website was very outdated, and had been made at least 15 years ago – using frames – errgh! It was cluttered and had 2 sets of navigation, just to make sure you saw it. Jon needed a solution which provided a modern design, easy on the eye and easy to navigate for users from all walks of life. It also needed to be responsive – of course – and they needed to be able to update it themselves.
Another main area of the new website needed to be a better way of adding and displaying all of their events. Oh and to top it off, we only had just over a month before the theatre was re-opening, and the new website needed to be launched. This is where it got challenging!
WordPress! It’s great. I used the Avada theme and customised it completely. Avada is one of my go-to themes, as it gives the end client a really simple interface to update the site themselves.
For the event pages, due to time constraints I used an out-of-the-box solution in the Events Calendar Pro, with the Filter Bar add-on. It did need a few bits of coding customisation to fit in with the site. As the Theatre uses a 3rd party website to sell their tickets online, it was a good idea to put a direct link to purchase tickets. I added the ‘More Info’ and ‘Buy Ticket’ buttons directly to the event listing. This way, if users know what show they want to see and don’t need to read more about it, they can quickly find the event and buy tickets.
The Happy Client
Jon & Brentwood Theatre were very happy with the results, and tell me that the new website has been well received amongst their patrons. Here’s what Jon had to say:
Working with Ben at The Digital Moose has been a painless and smooth process. He arrived at our first meeting well-prepared with ideas and a timeline for development through to launch date, and collaborated with our team here throughout. We’re so incredibly happy with our new website, which is fresh, simple and easy to navigate – just we wanted to update our image in line with other theatres. Ben has been constantly in touch with us here to ensure he had the site exactly how we wanted it and is very easy to work with. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for a new website, thanks to the amazing job he’s done for us.