Prater Raines has years of experience developing and hosting websites and online systems that help campaign groups get their message across to activists and to the public.
Prater Raines are delighted to have brought live the 2020 HG Wells Short Story Competition (with full online entry) for our third year as sponsors.
The annual HG Wells Short Story Competition offers a £500 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology (and Kindle version).
Entry to the Junior competition is FREE and entry to the Senior competition is £10 (£5 for those with student ID).
This years theme is “Vision” – see how to enter (yes, pun intended) on their site – 2020 closing date is 6th July 2020.
Strong Customer Authentication is coming. This is going to change the way a large number of credit and debit card transaction happen – especially online – during this year.
We’ll be working with all of our clients that take payments on ensuring their systems are compliant – which should be led by the payment processor in each case, and will, hopefully, require minimal changes on the part of the client, but we’ll watch and learn…
In the case of our clients using GoCardless (the DD based payment / donation processor) it is unlikely they will see any changes (as they are not card based payments). However, they’ve written a blog post explaining more about how they expect SCA changes to effect their – and other – payments in future.
We were delighted to be asked by our friends at Tendo Consulting to help with work on the End Our Pain campaign by moving their existing campaign website onto WordPress, generally update and put in place “Email Your MP” functionality we’ve developed to help people lobby their MP directly.
You may have seen a lot of coverage (in the Mail on Sunday, across the BBC and elsewhere) about Alfie Dingley and his need medical need for cannabis to control his epilepsy. That coverage – and Social Media support from a huge range of others including Patrick Stewart – saw THOUSANDS email their MP and thousands more sign the End Our Pain petition.
We’re proud to be supporting the HG Wells Short Story Competition in 2018 through providing their website and Facebook support. It’s great to see that this year’s competition is going well (get your entries in by 23 July!).
We rebuilt their site onto our own WordPress hosting (including SSL support, daily backups, keeping WordPress updated with all the most recent patches and updates etc), and new for 2018 created the online entry process, replacing the former post or email entry system.
Prater Raines are delighted to have been accredited by the Liberal Democrats as an Approved Supplier under their GDPR compliance programme. We’ve been supplying website to the Party for over 15 years so really hoped we would!
The accreditation is for our Lib Dem “Foci” website service as a “Website, Email, Campaigns and Social Media Platform”.
However, our WordPress installations and support are also acknowledged to meet their GDPR compliance requirements as well, with EU (actually UK) hosting, always running the latest version, automatically upgrading on your behalf, ensuring data is stored within the local WordPress database, regular plugin updates and built-in SSL support.
Tendo Consulting approached us to make some updates to the Fair Tax on Flying site which was part of a campaign they were working on for a client.
Although there were a number of content changes, the key new functionality required was to rebuild the existing “Email an MP” functionality to use up to date open source data and based on looking up the appropriate MP from a supplied postcode, and then providing different suggested email texts based on the users selections.
This we did, building our own WordPress plugins to add the functionality. This project involved updating an existing site, on its existing hosting (rather than moving to our own), which added “some complexity”, but we’re really pleased with the result!
Well this IS nice: an article on our local paper about the H G Wells Short Story Competition 2017, with Prater Raines named as a sponsor.
The Prater Raines team took on the running of their WordPress website for the competition in 2017, providing volunteer support to manage the site, update content and editing the site.
Prater Raines support a suite of websites for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations: their Influence PR article aggregating site based on WordPress, their bespoke CPD platform Ladder and the main CIPR website based on Drupal.
When we took over the management and maintenance of their websites a few years ago, it was clear that the Drupal site – based on Drupal 6 – was going to need to be updated at some stage. At that time Drupal 8 was still in Beta, and we were expecting to move straight from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 when it was fully available.
We’re delighted to have brought live a new web site for APDS – The Association of Palliative Day Services – who are the national representative body formed exclusively for palliative day service professionals in the UK.
The site is, as you would expect from a site designed by Prater Raines, a fully secure https site throughout, and designed to work well on screens from desktop to mobile. We worked with APDS designing them everything from a new logo upwards, and assisting in getting the content in place.
The site is built on Drupal 8 but some of the key areas are the ones you can’t see.
We’ve hosted and updated a bespoke website for the Sandgate Business Forum for some time, but recently took the opportunity to modernise it and move it to WordPress to make updating it rather easier.
Although the site has retained its distinctive colour scheme and “look and feel” it is now much easier to use on mobiles and tablets, and includes a filterable Google Map view of businesses in the area to make finding any business easy.
There have been a host of other enhancements including a Google Calendar events widget to the right hand side, and of course designing to ensure it works well on mobile, tablet and desktop.
The Sandgate Business Forum is a genuinely free business directory for any business based in the Sandgate, Kent area.