Last Summer the Renewable Energy Office for Cornwall asked me to provide a website for them incoporating a CMS for making regular updates, and that would allow people to register as members and become paid contributors of the group. After things going on hold for a while for various reasons, we started work on the site in Decemeber and I’m pleased to say the website has gone live this week.
It’s great to be involved with something that promotes a good cause and REOC provides a wealth of useful information on clean energy
initiatives in Cornwall, both at a business and domestic level. Cornwall location and geography offers such a unique environment for taking advantage of a vast array of renewable tecnologies, and hopefully the website will help promote REOC’s aim to establish Cornwall as a leading example of practical implementation of these technologies, and a source of expert knowledge for the industry.
In terms of functionality, site visitors can register to receive updates, or make paid contributions to get more closely involved in the future direction of the group and gain exposure for their own organisations in a Cornwall renewable technology business directory. I decided to use a combination of Drupal, it’s e-commerce package Ubercart, and a community module called Userpoints to acheive these goals, and on the whole I think this combination worked out very well. Members are awarded site credits on payment of their member subscription, which can then be used for posting a defined number of blog entries or other content on the site.
Ubercart in particular is an awesome set of modules, offering a very high level of customisation and options. This is the second time I have used it and the developers and community behind it are always on hand to solve problems and put a lot of hard work into making it the de facto e-commerce solution for Drupal.
Go take a look at the new site here.