The Initial Problem
The SMF current website, provided information to 3 primary
audiences public, members and recruitment agencies. The information
made available was managed by SMF with the content updates being
carried out by a 3rd party service provider.
Access to the members area requires login with username and
The SMF steering committee recognised an opportunity to provide
additional features to the site and wanted to build an active
online community which could encourage the exchange of
information,ideas and opportunities between members.
How the Helix Team Helped
Working closely with SMF, Helix designed and built a new website
with both public and extranet managed content.
The public site is includes the following features: Latest Blog
postings, Newsletters, Photo Slide show, SMF of the Week, Press
Articles, Additional site sections, RSS feeds, Events.
The Extranet is accessed via a login and provides members with
additional information and functionality to maintain their own
profiles as well as being able to contribute to a number of
collaborative features for sharing information and building a
active online community.
The website was developed using the Umbraco CMS solution. Much
of the desired
functionality is either part of the CMS or was easily added using
existing components or by developing extensions to the CMS.
Since the SMF website went live 2011 in it has become a
successful central communication point for its 280 plus members.
The public site has developed into a popular way for members to
share news and opinion with the blog regularly featuring guest
Helix have a working support contract with SMF to maintain and
update the website, keeping it fresh and current for their