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How WordPress Changed the Face of Croatian Politics

by Emanuel Blagonic

Published April 9, 2016 in Design

The basic idea of WordPress was to redefine online publishing by allowing anyone to easily publish their articles. More than 10 years later, we used WordPress as an open source publishing platform to build a website for one of the largest cities in Croatia. I’ll tell you a story of how the city of Rijeka decided to go with open source software and how the people reacted to everything being open sourced as well. One of the first large-scale “design in the open” projects in Croatia is defining standards for future web development. We’re discussing the web design process, sharing knowledge with the public and asking citizens to be a part of the redesign effort. By delivering designs, HTML and CSS, WordPress theme and documents like Content Strategy and Accessibility Guidelines – we’re redefining what the public website should look like. And with the help of WordPress we’re promoting the power of publishing and transparency. Last but not least – I’ll tell you how the city of Rijeka helped us organise our first WordCamp Croatia in 2015, by believing in the power of WordPress.