Technical details

"The Creative Network gave our creative/arts team a portal through which we could channel all our content direct to our audience. The site’s statistics have been fantastic – hits have increased monthly since launch and now on average 8k people visit the site. Visitors come from all over the country and globe (174 countries) which is great for a place such as Torbay where the economy relies on Tourism; the site is used by many hotels, guest houses, and attractions. The success of the site and associated audience development work has enabled us to attract funding from public and private sources to support delivery of culture in the Bay."
Torbay Council

Functionality

Directory

Profile pages for artists, organisations, creative individuals, businesses or venues, listed in a dynamic, searchable directory, covering the whole of the arts, cultural & creative community, from artists to festivals, web designers, poets, musicians, galleries, architects and theatre companies (to name a few).

Events

A dynamic events listings area of the site allows users to easily find events matching their individual areas of interest and location. Try clicking 'map view' to see the results on a map, or search by postcode to find events near you!

News

Each profile page can add news, events, space listings and opportunities to the site, which are fed directly to users via the website and the newsletter.

Opportunities

Jobs, voluntary opportunities, training, project opportunities and commissions, all posted directly by the arts & creative community.

Newsletter

Each week the latest postings to the site are compiled into a slick newsletter for registered users of the site.

Social media integration

one click to share content to social media channels pushing more customers towards the site and its users.Fast and high quality video and audio streaming 

Allowing users to embed content from both Vimeo and YouTube.

Events & spaces map view

Users can immediately locate events, spaces etc on a Google map. The views system also enables RSS feeds against each directory.

On site analytics

Allowing users to see how many views they are generating for each media item they post.
Links back to users own websites and social media

Marketing toolkit

This ‘behind the scenes’ toolkit gives you critical insights how to build users!

Coming soon

Creative Assembly mobile phone application - specialist mobile versions of each site and more!

Dedicated Server

To keep step with Creative Assembly’s planned expansion to 16 networks for 2016 an upgrade to the server infrastructure improving speeds for existing networks and increasing capacity for up to double our target is planned. We’ll continue to use Rackspace our prefered supplier for dedicated managed hosting. Further information on the hosting platform and data centers are available on request.

Ticketing System

Currently creative networks administrators form the first line of support for enquiries and we’d like to build on this by providing a centralised support system through which users can access support, track tickets raised and have access to comprehensive readme documentation and frequently asked questions. We’ll be using Zend Desk technologies to provide the support platform and will still recommend network administrators have superuser accounts available in all directories at all times on their websites as a way to encourage communication on the networks.

System Upgrades

We’re planning software upgrades for image management, advanced social media integration and SEO improvements.