Soapbox Site Launch: Studying our Presidents

Picture 2Just in time to celebrate the birth of some our most famous U.S. presidents, PICnet launched a new Soapbox website for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC). CSPC was looking to improve their site architecture so their constituents and followers could more easily locate the valuable publications the organization produces. They also wanted to sharpen up their outdated image.  Through their new Soapbox site, they can even receive online donations through PayPal!

Emily Shaftel was my point-of-contact at CSPC and she was an amazing coordinator for their side.  I always received a quick turnaround, clear and detailed questions and she was very technically savvy with an eye for pushing the website to its limits.  She actually departed CSPC on the day of the launch to go and volunteer for a year in Thailand! Emily definitely made an impact before her departure.

An important feature to CSPC’s website is their blog. Originally the contract didn’t have enough design time to template the WordPress Blog with the new design by, however, when I impressed up on the importance of maintaining the history of the blog, CSPC decided it was worth a contract addendum. Otherwise, the client would have had to manually transfer all of the content on the blog to Joomla!  I think this was an excellent decision on their part.

CSPC is also one of the first clients to employ our new Soapbox Slide Show (rotating feature on homepage) — Emily set this up herself!

About CSPC The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress is a unique nonpartisan, nonprofit policy and education organization that applies strategic thinking and the leadership lessons of history to critical national challenges and opportunities.

Founded in 1965, the Center is the only organization that systematically examines past successes and failures of the Presidency and relates its findings to present challenges and opportunities. Today, both the Executive and Legislative Branches are highly compartmentalized, which is the enemy of strategic thinking, action, and the best use of resources. In addition, the nation is polarized, even though public opinion polls show a desire to break down barriers and face our nation’s real public policy issues. Lessons learned from past American experiences offer insights on how to deal with these challenges.

Along with full-time staff and interns, the Center utilizes an esteemed Board of Trustees, a National Council of Advisors drawn from a wide variety of professions and political ideologies, and a range of other Advisors and Fellows to contribute to the Center’s many programs and initiatives. In addition to these contributors, the Center functions as a highly successful convener of the best minds in government, trade, and academia to serve on its policy working groups and education programs.

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