The Client:

The Department of Planning, Housing and Local Government

The Brief

Myplan is a web map portal providing spatial information relevant to the planning process in Ireland. This site is an initiative of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in conjunction with Irish Local Authorities.

In order to be up to date with new technologies and provide their audience with a seamless experience on desktop and mobile in both English and Gaeilge, they needed a full upgrade of their website. The main objective was to give its users a more accessible, secure, modern and responsive website with a focus on access to planning and spatial data, while keeping the tools that twere working on their previous website and enhancing them, such as the Esri ArcGIS Map Viewers and Map Gallery.

Concept to Reality – A functional and responsive website that provides a seamless experience.

The Solution

An easy to use and beautiful visual interface was key on this project, as a result of this our team of designers and user experience experts working closely with the team in The Department of Planning, Housing and Local Government to craft a website that would deliver on this. We designed and developed a new layout, preserving elements such as the original logo and colours, but giving the content a modern and clean appearance. We also integrated the entire structure of the website on the WordPress CMS platform, giving The Department of Planning, Housing and Local Government’s staff the power of editing their website content from a visual interface in an easy manner.

The different maps had to be front and centre of the website, and cater to users that already knew what maps to visit and users who were looking for a specific map. As a result of this, Matrix created a megamenu where all maps were visible and a ‘map slider’ that was easily editable by the team at The Department of Planning, Housing and Local Government. In addition to this, it was important that the maps worked well on mobile devices, as a result of this, Matrix optimised the ball to be fully responsive. Another request from The Department of Planning, Housing and Local Government that was fully delivered on the website was to achieve the “Level AA” of conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

Key Features

  • 1. Engaging and easy to navigate user experience and graphic design
  • 2. Responsive web design
  • 3. Accessibility Level ‘AA’ (WCAG) 2.1.
  • 4. Full integration of Esri ArcGIS Map Viewers and Map Gallery
  • 5. Bilingual
  • 6. Fully Secure
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