The original plan was to create 1 website which was translated into 5 different languages, however due to each territory having specific requirements as to what they did and did not want it ended up being 5 separate websites with some similar content.
I decided that the best way to go forward was to implement the UK site and then adjust it for each territory, this isn’t the most efficient way to work but the way the development progressed meant that it had to be done in this fashion.
All of the territories also wanted separate blogs which they could update themselves. We decided to go with WordPress for implementing this and as I had never done any WordPress work before it was my first leap into the ‘content management system’ (CMS) realm. Customising each blog into the site and playing around with the PHP opened my eyes up to the power of CMS. We had a few problems with it because of how the URL and databases work but overall it did the job. It seems like WordPress is better at what it is actually made for (personal blogging) and when you try and expand upon this it is very easy to run into problems.
However the ease of use in customising and updating it is what essentially led me to creating this site (my portfolio) in the same way and this is definitely a system I will be looking to work more with in future.
The site is continually changing so here are some early screenshots of how the site looked when we first launched: