Committed to Accessible WordPress Websites for Nonprofits
This project involved cloning the existing Seattle Foundation visual layout and design from a website powered by Sitecore into a new more accessible, performance-optimized site powered by a WordPress Content Management System.
Foundation staff wanted a CMS that was simpler and easier to maintain. Project challenges included poorly structured Sitecore-exported XML data files, a low contrast color palette, and a short timeline. Content management was the primary dependency for the new website launch, since hundreds of posts needed to be migrated.
Scope of Work
- Accessibility Consulting
- Database Content Migration
- Performance Optimization
- WordPress Theme Development
Improvements include higher contrast colors to better adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG); increased font sizes; a navigation skip link; and removal of auto-rotating content sliders.
Before & After Performance Comparison
|Performance Metric||former Sitecore CMS homepage (Nov 2022)||New WordPress homepage (December 2022)|
|Google Lighthouse: Accessibility||87/100||100/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Best Practices||75/100||92/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Mobile Speed||46/100||79/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Desktop Speed||60/100||99/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Search Engine Optimization||83/100||93/100|
|WebPageTest Speed Index||9.468||2.473|
|Total Homepage File Size||5.733 Mb (3.01 Mb Images + 2.2 Mb Scripts + 398Kb CSS + 162 Kb Fonts + 67 Kb HTML)||639 Kb (302 Kb Images + 112 Kb Scripts + 69 Kb CSS + 150 Kb Fonts + 21 Kb HTML)|
|Total Web Server Requests||59 (24 Images + 19 Scripts + 8 CSS + 7 Other + 1 HTML)||30 (8 Images + 3 Scripts + 9 CSS + 3 Other + 1 HTML)|
|Approximate Homepage Load Time (mobile)||~9.5 seconds||~2.5 seconds|
WebPage Test Speed Index: median = ~3.591; top 10% = <1.388
In 2021, the average page size = ~2.4 Mb and median page size = ~2.1 Mb.
Database-driven websites, like WordPress, are more performance optimized when server requests are < 40 – 60.
Seattle Foundation manages over $1 billion in philanthropic investments. 2022 marks the 1-year anniversary of the Foundation’s REPAIR initiative (Racially Equitable Philanthropy Aimed at Initiating Relationships), with a minimum investment of $25 million to Black-led organizations around Seattle; and its Center for Community Partnerships striving to achieve greater racial and economic equity in the region. The Foundation also incubated SkillUp Washington – a workforce funders collaborative connecting employers, post-secondary training and low-income adults.
WordPress Theme Development: Scott Marlow