ACIS (Association for Commerce, Industry and Services) is Mozambique’s foremost industry association. Its website receives over 20,000 hits a month, as it provides important services to the public and the association’s members, including translations of laws and regulations, practical guides to doing business in Mozambique, a public notice board and an extensive library of business-related literature for download.

Revamping the site

ACIS’s public website was getting outdated. Having been developed in the years before the boost in mobile phone web access, it wasn’t responsive and all but unreadable on a small screen. The design wasn’t very attractive anymore, either, at least not by 2017 standards. ACIS therefore decided to revamp the site, making it responsive and attractive, and adding a few features along the way. In the new implementation, ACIS’ members are able to log in to the website’s back end and update their portfolio and other company data, as well as viewing a list of paid and unpaid membership fees, relieving ACIS of much website maintenance work.

Responsive design

Independent Software built a fresh, fast website with a responsive design, powered by a WordPress backend. The website content is readable on devices of all shapes and sizes, including slideshows with animated texts. The WordPress backend implements a number of custom post types, allows ACIS to easily manage the content of their publications section, members section, notice board and newsletters. No HTML knowledge is required for the administrator, and creating any time of content is painless. All content can be shared on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest at the click of a button.

Mobile first

On mobile phone displays, the website content remains readily accessible through flexible main menus at the top of the screen. All content is presented in rows and columns using Bootstrap, causing it to naturally flow vertically as the screen gets smaller.

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