What you told us
When we have consulted on online tools over the last year, you gave us very clear what you wanted from a website platform.
You told us that you wanted a tool that was:
- Simple and easy to use
- Integrated with our data and systems
- Allowed us to syndicate content across multiple sites
- Looked modern and fresh
The tool we picked
We looked at a range of options for how we might want to set up a new website platform, but there was only really one that made any sense - and that's Fleet.
Fleet is being built using the enterprise-ready, tried and tested platform Typo3. Typo3 is used all across Europe by large scale organisations such as universities with federated structures and multilingual requirements (just like us!).
We're using established developers Prater Raines, who have a long history working with the party and recently delivered our exceedingly well-regarded membership management software, Lighthouse.
Working with them, we'll be heavily customising Typo3 to give you a bespoke website tool that is designed to make it easier to run great campaigns and your local party. It'll speak Liberal Democrat.
We'll be adding more information on Fleet as the development progresses, but if you want to know what it'll be like, well, just take a look around.
This website is built on the new platform that you'll be using and uses the same design library - so it's a great example of what we can do!
Fleet will be packed full of useful features for the Liberal Democrats and be deeply integrated with our databases (Connect & Lighthouse) thanks to Trawler, our forms tool. Those features include:
- It'll be quick and easy to create great looking web pages.
- Data you collect will flow through to Connect & Lighthouse without you needing to do anything.
- It'll be easy to share content across websites
- There'll be a single shared media library, making it easier than ever to find and use great photos
- It'll be quick and easy to add more users
- You'll login using the same details as you will for our new members area or Lighthouse, making it easier to access.
- You'll be able to customise user access to give people access only to what they need
What it costs you
Startup local party or Small AO
£27 per month
Development or non-UK local party
£30 per month
Moving Forward / Advanced local party, County Co-ordinating Committee, Small Region or Large AO
£36 per month
Large Region or State Party
£48 per month
Important notes: The pricing for the website platform is per site - not per organisation.
Where local parties within a larger area want to share one website (within a County Council, for example) the pricing will be charged at the size of the largest organisation in the grouping, this allows multiple local parties to share the burden.
The pricing also includes a domain name and a bundled email account - meaning that whilst the pricing is similar to Nationbuilder’s headline rate for most organisations, you are getting a complete package for that price, which does reduce the overall cost to an organisation.
Where the data ends up
We're also building a custom forms tool (called Trawler) and a process to migrate that data to Connect and Lighthouse (called Tugboat). More information on those and how they work will be published soon.
We've already started work on setting up Fleet (as you can see from this blog) and you can now let us know that you'd like to sign up here: https://tech.libdems.org.uk/signup
We then expect the first party groups to get access in early to mid July, with everyone who wants to migrate and has done the work required to migrate being switched over by December. We're also aiming to migrate all Nationbuilder customers by September.