MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) – Academic Research Organization WordPress Website

MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)
MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)

Project Detail

  • Client: MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)
  • Features: WordPress, Responsive, ADA Compliant.
  • Category: WordPress
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The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)  in Framingham, MA is an academic research organization and internship program at Framingham State University that collects and analyzes economic and demographic data in the Greater MetroWest region around Boston. MERC wanted to migrate their content to a platform which they could easily edit and add content. Another design requirement was ADA compliance.

MERC had a straight old HTML site, including extensive media and PDF files. BBDS completely scraped the existing site. We created a new cPanel hosting account on BBDS VPS hosting and set up a WordPress site and structured it for the content transfer and ADA compliance. The combination of cPanel hosting and the easy WordPress administration give MERC complete control of their site and content going forward.

As a non-profit research center at a MA educational institution, their website needs meet state accessibility guidelines. BBDS designed the site for ADA compliance and rigorously tested it. Read more about ADA compliance in our blog post.