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06 March, 2024
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Case Study: DJ-Commune - the complete public organization WCAG website for Joomla/WordPress

06 March, 2024

DJ-Commune is a WCAG Quickstart website, perfect for municipal offices, public organizations and government institutions. The tool is an accessible and user-friendly platform that meets the expectations of users of modern municipal portals or public institutions.

Available for two popular content management systems, Joomla and WordPress, both versions of DJ-Commune capitalize on the robust capabilities of the YOOtheme Pro web builder. This case study delves into the distinctive attributes and functionalities of these platforms, highlighting their role in creating seamless and accessible digital experiences for public institutions web pages.

Throughout this exploration, we will scrutinize key aspects such as design aesthetics, user interface, content management, and adherence to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). By emphasizing these crucial elements, we aim to demonstrate how DJ-Commune's WCAG Quickstart websites empower portal online presence.

DJ-Commune for Joomla and WordPress

DJ-Commune WCAG quickstart website is available in two versions, for Joomla and for WordPress.

Joomla 5.x version

It’s a ready to use, an WCAG website based on Joomla 5.x, DJ-Accessibility plugin, and YOOtheme Pro web builder. 

WordPress version

It’s a ready to use, an online shop based on WordPress, DJ-Accessibility plugin, and YOOtheme Pro web builder. 

Accessible site main layout elements

This blog post centers on the pivotal components necessary for a modern and effective WCAG website.

Homepage

The homepage serves as the main display area of the public institution's website, serving as visitors' first point of contact. It includes vital elements such as the organization's logo, important information, relevant images, and user-friendly features. Additionally, the website plays a critical role in hosting important features like news, events, contact details, and more.

dj-commune template homepage

Frontpage slider

The city portal frontpage slider is a key element designed to enhance the visual appeal of the website. It highlights important information, events, and news updates while also offering easy navigation for visitors. With engaging visuals and intuitive controls, the slider encourages user interaction and contributes to building a positive image of the city.

dj-commune template frontpage slider

Daily information

A section presenting key information for residents, e.g. current weather, date, name day or calendar.

dj-commune template daily information

Information for residents

Another key section for residents to find links to current (often hot) topics in the life of the city or municipality.

dj-commune template information for residents

News section

The news section is focused on the latest blog entries published by the website's admins.

dj-commune template news section

Report accident

It's a page with emergency numbers (and email address), where people can directly report problems and failures.

dj-commune template report section

Our Commune

It's a kind of the "About us" page, with the area for the intro description and shortcuts links (with icons) to allow visitors find the information related to web page.

dj-commune template about us

Contact us

Certainly, the "Contact Page" undoubtedly holds considerable significance in a contemporary website. It functions as a crucial resource for visitors, providing essential information such as the institution's whereabouts, operating hours, and important contact details such as telephone numbers and email addresses, thereby enabling direct communication.

dj-commune template conctact page

Key feature of an accessible website

DJ-Commune comes with the DJ-Accessibility plugin included in the product's price.

It's a WCAG plugin that provides a bunch of options to improve the accessibility of the Joomla or WordPress based website. Accessibility is a key for all websites and the plugin has you covered.

DJ-Accessibility makes a website more accessible for all by providing options like:

  • Invert colors, Monochrome, Dark contrast, Light contrast, Low saturation, High saturation, Highlight links, Highlight headings
  • Screen reader, Read mode
  • Content scaling, Font size, Line height, Letter spacing
dj-commune template accessibility tools

The cost of creating the modern WCAG website

DJ-Commune quickstart website you can get for €41 only ( 6 months subscription). Additionally, you will need a domain and paid hosting to install it. The website, once installed, will be based on the Joomla 4.x or WordPress CMS, which are free.

An additional cost is the purchase of the YOOtheme Pro web builder from the developer's website. Its price is €129 (1 year subscription.)

To sum up - in the amount of less than €199 you receive all the tools needed to launch a modern, functional WCAG web page.

Installation

There are 2 possible ways of the installation.

  • Quickstart installation

The Quickstart is the demo backup (.zip copy) from the demo server. It comes with Joomla/WordPress, and you install it like a regular Joomla/WordPress backup made by Akeeba Backup; after that, you get the same effect on demo pages.
You do not need to configure everything from scratch; the installation is easy and will take a few minutes only.

  • Installation from scratch

You get a set of files that allows you to install a website based on the DJ-Commune template/theme from scratch or install it on an existing website.

More about the installation you can learn from the installation guide:

Summary

DJ-Commune emerges as a top-notch choice for websites of public institutions. It effortlessly merges with Joomla 4.x and WordPress, guaranteeing seamless compatibility across various platforms. Its user-friendly interface and comprehensive range of features set it apart from other templates. Creating an attractive and fully operational webpage for city portals, municipal offices, and similar endeavors becomes effortlessly achievable, courtesy of the quickstart package and advanced web development tools provided by the YOOtheme Pro web builder.