Manchester Metropolitan University

Creating an Alumni site for the Smart Cheshire innovation programme

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The Smart Cheshire Innovation Progamme is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University and is designed to give business owners the tools and techniques to introduce innovation into every aspect of their business.

The Objectives

The Smart Cheshire Alumni website exists to keep the connections and support going after the course ends. It complements existing social media and other online networking sites, such as LinkedIn and give Alumni ways to stay in touch, share experiences and keep track of their business goals.

The Technical Part

Web Foundry designed, built and implemented a fully customised Wordpress site, that incorporates a high level of bespoke functionality, including special access controls, widgets that allow users to keep track of progress, recover slides from missed sessions, communicate safely with other past attendees and qet quick access to future events and those responsible for delivery.

The site was built using the latest version of Wordpress CMS and involves a fully custom design. The design, which carefully follows brand guidelines incorporates event listing, Alumni profiles, direct messaging, social media sharing and a forum.

In addition, Web Foundry developers built custom Wordpress widgets to ensure a rich and rewarding user experience. The site will be continually developed and maintained throughout the programme lifecycle.

The Process

Web Foundry presented conceptual ideas to MMU and spoke one-to-one with many who had attended the course. It was important to learn what users really wanted and would value in the site. We were mindful to complement other services and that the site should add real value and offer something different.

The Results

Students are automatically enrolled and we have achieved 100% sign up of Alumni. Levels of engagement are high and the client is able to easily update the site with news, events and much more.









Guide Price

A closed networking site for business owners with custom interactions and features can cost between £5 - 10k.

How long?

Around 4-8 weeks is required to understand user requirements, design the UI and build a custom website.


  • Custom Design
  • Photography
  • Copywriting
  • Social Networking
  • User Forum
  • 3rd Party Integrations
  • Wordpress CMS

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