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SDL Web 8 Upgrade


SDL Web 8 Upgrade & Website Redesign

The CIPD was established in 1913 and serves to ensure that Human Resources and Learning & Development professionals can fulfil their true potential, to champion better work and working lives.

The CIPD was granted Royal Charter in July 2000, having demonstrated pre-eminence, public interest, stability and permanence. This was followed in July 2003 by the power to confer individual Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals.

With a community of over 140,000 members, the CIPD sets the professions standards and provides career support, qualifications in HR and L&D, research, thought leadership and advice to businesses around the world.

Supporting the CIPD's strategic objectives

In 2015, the CIPD sought a partner to re-design its existing site. Strategically, it needed the website to focus on the organisation’s core objectives of:

  • Developing and communicating the CIPD voice to reach out to influencers in the world of work.
  • Positioning the CIPD’s knowledge capital to attract new customers.
  • Building a peer-to-peer trust relationship that is community orientated, rather than a ‘top down’ approach.
  • Understanding and addressing the needs of different audience segments.

The CIPD selected Building Blocks to develop a mobile-responsive website, with improved search functionality and information architecture.

Following a large branding exercise, the CIPD knew that it needed a design that was cleaner and more user-centric, to highlight the key messages that it wished to deliver. It also needed to improve the overall customer experience. Continuous improvement was a key factor, so the solution needed to include flexible templates and navigation to enable the site to be scalable and adaptable in the future.

Building Blocks' Services

Building Blocks delivered the UX and design, front and back end development, analytics support and Digital Operations Services.

The implementation included DXA 1.3 and Experience Manager, in addition to a custom MVC .net app for managing their redirects, PoolParty, Telligent and SSO integration, and a custom re-write model.

CIPD website on tablet device

SDL Web 8

The CIPD had previously implemented SDL’s Tridion content management system back in 2008, and this latest project included the implementation of SDL Web 8, which combines Tridion with digital media management (SDL Media Manager), targeting, testing, personalisation and localisation capabilities.

CIPD’s decision to select Tridion/Web 8 as its CMS, was based on a number of its core capabilities:

  • Personalisation: the ability to deliver different types of content depending on audience segmentation and user behaviour.
  • Integration: capability to integrate and leverage existing systems such as eCommerce, Telligent community server, Autonomy search and the CIPD’s back-end systems.
  • Multichannel and syndications: facility to offer single source of content to a number of different environments such as mobile and RSS.
  • Workflow: ability to implement a workflow and review process for content ahead of publication.
  • Single architecture: a single CMS implementation supporting multiple websites.

In addition, SDL Web 8 (formerly Tridion) also provides scalability, availability and reliability. As the platform of choice for some of the world’s largest organisations, the CIPD were reassured that the product would continue to undergo continuous improvement in the years to come.  


To ensure the CIPD’s digital touchpoints fully support the core goals of the business, the CIPD has a central web governance team that manages all digital requests from across the business, and assesses the validity and strategic reasoning of implementing the suggestions. The group also offers training and support to employees who update the content.

Continuous Improvement

This project is the start of a programme of continuous optimisation and improvement work. Further enhancements are planned for the People Management section of the site, and the CIPD is looking to launch in additional countries, starting with Ireland.

Fantastic user feedback

The new site launched in November 2016, and received excellent comments during both user testing and once live.

CIPD user feedback

The team worked well with us – collaborative, knowledgeable, flexible and honest.

Para Mullan, Senior Project Manager, CIPD

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