FactCheckNI is Northern Ireland’s first and only dedicated fact-checking service. They are a team of independent fact checkers who identify important public statements relevant to Northern Ireland, interrogate the best available evidence, and publish fact check articles to improve the quality of public debate.
The previous site was outdated and needed a complete rebuild and redesign. It was difficult to update for the client and navigation issues made content hard to find for users.
Site Speed, responsiveness, and accessibility where all issues that needed to be looked at to make the site fit for purpose and modern throughout.
As Northern Irelands only dedicated fact checking the services the site needed to stand out.
What we did
We completely redesigned the site from the ground up by using competitor research, using our knowledge of UX, and incorporated the use of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to make the site accessible to all. The client requested a cleaner and easier navigation as this was an issue on the old site. By designing a mega menu that allowed the user to access areas of the site with minimal clicks we achieved this.
The client requested an AJAX search function which would query posts whilst the user was searching which makes the site more usable and efficient for finding Fact Check posts. This was implemented as part of the hero on the homepage.
At the top of every category page, there is a specific filter which allows the user to select the most popular tags used on the site. This is a special function requested by the client because each page is listing the most popular tags within the individual category.