We’ve launched a new WordPress website for Girlguiding Isle of Wight.

The launch of the website falls on World Thinking Day, one of the most important dates in the Girlguiding calendar where members and volunteers think about what it means to be part of a global movement and to celebrate the 10 million sisters around the world.


We created a completely new WordPress theme called aptly named ‘Discover and Grow’, after Girlguiding’s motto ‘We Discover, We Grow’. Built from the ground up, the theme supports custom event post types that makes it easy for event listings to be added to the site. We’ve also improved the manageability of listing of island team members and the sections on the island.

As we completely redesigned the site and built everything ourselves, we had complete control over the complexity of the theme. We have only used a few external WordPress plugins to provide extra functionality, but the website is optimised for the shared hosting environment that is used. It now boasts faster performance and manageability – all through the WordPress core dashboard.


The old website wasn’t mobile friendly and users had a hard time reading text from small screen devices. The new website is fully mobile friendly and provides a great mobile experience. We also made our own lightweight ‘lazy load’ image feature in JavaScript.  Often, images are not required in above-the-fold content and embedding images in the HTML slows down the rendering process when they’re not entirely necessary or the focus of a webpage. Now, images are only loaded from the webserver after the rest of the webpage has loaded, overall making the site feel faster.

From the press


 – Island Echo


Girlguiding Isle of Wight launches new website

 – Isle of Wight County Press

Vist the New Website

Girlguiding Isle of Wight

Girlguiding Isle of Wight is part of Girlguiding which is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in the UK today. On the Isle of Wight there are 1,100 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Adult Leaders.

Girlguiding enables girls and young women to get involved in a huge range of exciting activities from outdoor challenges including archery, climbing and raft building, to helping encourage them to make their own decisions and develop new skills.