The Polish Committee for Standardization

The institution responsible for the organization of standardization activity in Poland.

Check out how did we create the newest PKN website, fully-adjusted to disabled needs.

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The issue
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Our solution
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Solution in details
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Realisation in numbers
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The results
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The issue

why did we establish cooperation?

The decision regarding rebuilding the website of The Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) was caused by several, influential factors. First of all, the previous solution - Drupal 7 - was no longer compliant with the newest safety requirements. For some time, the updated version of Drupal 8, containing various improvements in case of security, has been available. Lack of necessary updates caused website management issues, especially those connected to content management.

Moreover, the efficiency of the website was on unsatisfactory level - loading time of subpages either on desktop or mobile view was so long that it negatively affected user experience. Another issue regarding UX was obsolete graphic layout - it does not imitate the professional character of the institution.

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Last, but not least, lack of responsiveness was a problem which vastly disables the usage of the website on other devices than desktop ones.

Our solution

which strategy did we apply?

After conducting a precise audit of the PKN website, we decided to rebuild the whole service. Taking into consideration that the previous website was based on Drupal, the most accurate solution was a further development on the same CMS. The new website was made with the usage of Drupal 8. Why this solution seemed to be the best for our experts?

  • Drupal is highly scalable which enables nearly unlimited extensions in the future.
  • The newest version provides top security of the website. Not without the reason, Drupal is perceived as one of the most resistant CMS in terms of hackers attacks.
  • There are dozens of modules and plugins that enable improvements of the website at any time.
  • It is possible to manage the website simultaneously by many users, which in case of extended services as PKN is a really useful function.

While creating the new PKN website, we decided to change the entire, obsolete graphic layout to a modern, transparent project. Furthermore, the priority was to implement a fully-responsive version of the website that will scale depending on the device on which it is displayed

Solution in details

which areas were crucial?
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1. WCAG

As a body governed by the public law, The Polish Committee for Standardization is obliged to adjust its website to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). Thanks to that, the content is more accessible for a wider range of users e.g. people with disabilities. That is the reason why we applied the following solutions:

  • fonts zooming or minimization,
  • switching to standard or contrast version of the website,
  • functionalities available with the usage of a keyboard,
  • predictability- websites open in a predictable way, content layout on particular subpages do not vary significantly.

2. Advanced search engine

PKN website contains the extended base of norms that are binding in Poland. To make the search fast and easy for the users, we decided to implement an advanced search engine based on Apache Solr. Additionally, we created a dedicated Autocomplete module which enriches the search with the phrases autocomplete option. Despite this functionality, users can search the norms with the usage of 8 categories.

3. Integrations

Creation of advanced search engine would not be possible without the integrations with numerous external bases. That is why we made such integrations at the request of PKN. What is more, we introduced integrations with PKN’s social media channels- Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

4. Language versions

For such an important institution as The Polish Committee for Standardization, multilingualism is a vital function. That is why, besides the Polish version, we introduced English and Russian ones. Similarly like in case of Polish website, English and Russian are compliant with WCAG and have access to the advanced norms search engine.

5. Other functionalities

Besides the above-mentioned functionalities, we enriched the website with the simple contact form. Thanks to that communication with PKN is much easier than previously. Moreover, we implemented an extended news section on the home page with the division into several categories.

Realisation in numbers

project’s statistics
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Dedicated modules responsible for website functionalities

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The entire project took 1000 hours

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We created 3 language versions of the website- Polish, English and Russian

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The team included a Project Manager, UX Designer, Tester and 2 Drupal Developers

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The results

benefits for our Client
  1. User-friendly, modern graphic layout
  2. Adjustment to the needs of users with disabilities
  3. Transparent administration panel divided into modules
  4. Safe and scalable system - Drupal 8
  5. Fast searching and filtering of the website content
  6. Intuitive management interface
  7. Unlimited possibilities of website development
  8. Increased efficiency of the website

Technologies

which were used
HTML

HTML5 is a language that allows creating and displaying websites, stores or web applications.

CSS

CSS3 is a language that describes the graphic presentation of elements on a website.

Apache Solr

Apache Solr is a full-text search platform developed on the basis of open source licenses.

RWD

With this abbreviation we define the technique of creating pages that adapt to each screen on which they are displayed

Our Clients

hundreds of real successes
Łukasz Filut
Director of IT / WSB

The partnership approach of Smartbees makes our cooperation an effective and pleasant one. That is why we do not hesitate to contract out new assignments to them.

Mateusz Tomczak
Marketing specialist / VELO

They are good at establishing a strong business relationship with customers.

Tomasz Zbierski
Director of IT / TAI

Smartbees performed a giant experience in Drupal CMS system and helped us to modernize our tender service.

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