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The skills and support I got from TechPixies helped me see my value in the workplace and rediscover my confidence. I'm now back working part time in a great local company.

TechPixies is an award winning social-enterprise that provides training and life coaching for women looking to return to work, change careers or start a business.

As part of my role as Chief Technology Officer for TechPixies I designed and built an online platform to enable the delivery of training courses around the world. I also taught several face-to-face classes on web design and WordPress.

The main focus of the platform is to allow visitors to purchase courses, track their progress and issue certificates on completion. Course participants can create a profile to share their picture, neighbourhood, skills, and course progress with other participants, this is to encourage networking and peer-to-peer support.

Other website features includes a blog, testimonials, webinars (members-only), and gift certificates.

Technical details

The site is built on Wordpress using the FoundationPress base theme, which I customised. It uses several industry-standard plugins including:

  • WooCommerce
  • LearnDash - provides the basis for all courses, but was substantially customised
  • Gravity Forms
  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • Two factor login - for all admins

For the design of the site, I extrapolated brand guidelines from the logo and colours provided by the original designer.

The site uses Gutenberg, the new page layout system from WordPress, which I integrated with the theme. The full setup gives content editors much more design freedom and control, whilst ensuring they stay within brand guidelines.

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