Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia

Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHFBC) was established in 1982 to help further co-op housing in the province and represent co-op housing to government and the public, as well as help improve standards of the co-ops and share knowledge and skills between members.

CHFBC runs events and workshops for its members, publishes newsletters and a magazine, and holds an annual conference. They also publish information about housing co-ops on their website to help educate interested site visitors about what co-operative housing is and what it's like to live in a housing co-op.

CHFBC came to us in 2010 looking for a complete redesign of their site. They wanted to use a content management system (CMS) that would allow them full control over site content, as well as space to grow and adapt to their changing needs. The previous version of their site made it difficult to update content in certain areas, and had a fairly busy homepage, few dynamic features, and no social media integration.

Moving to a new Drupal-based CMS required considerable data migration: static pages, forums, and a significant amount of data from the directory of housing co-operatives in the site, which included photo galleries, locations, information about the type, quantity, and cost of units, and other descriptive information about the individual housing co-ops.