After being renamed and rebranded, Finnish startup Space Nation experienced a surge of 30 million monthly visitors and had a website that could not keep up. Not only was the company’s web presence technologically inadequate, it was also saying the wrong things.
Space Nation needed a new website that could handle their new goals: a massive increase in user numbers, top-of-the-line visual design, content that could be constantly updated and expanded, the ability to stream videos, and mobile application promotions.
Developers also needed flexibility to respond to changes with very little warning, as the Space Nation brand and vision was going through last-minute tweaks.
Our solution was to create a modular and reusable website that could respond to Space Nation’s changing needs quickly.
We chose the Wordpress platform hosted by Wpengine as the technological solution, so there would be very little maintenance and the system could scale to match the user count. Using our Design Systems principles, we were able to get the first version of the website out in a couple of weeks.
As Space Nation’s brand and target group became more defined, we were able to respond to changing needs with ease thanks to our modular design. We also made improvements to Search Engine Optimization and analytics, enabling Space Nation to reach higher rankings on Google.
Space Nation considers the project a success. Our solution laid the groundwork for them to continue updating their web presence, so it reflects the improving nature of their business. Iikka Winter and Anni Muukkonen from Space Nation gave the web development team from Intergalactico top marks, especially regarding their agility with the changing focus and vision.
In addition to building the actual website, the Intergalactico team also helped create one of Space Nation’s main products: their web-based journal Space Nation Orbit. Space Nation Orbit already has close to 70 articles and the number is increasing almost daily. The journal and the website are closely linked.
WP proved to be right choice for these two websites. However, we will soon need something new to facilitate the dynamic content in the upcoming Space Nation Navigator application.Iikka Winter, project lead, Space Nation
About Space Nation
Space Nation is a Finnish startup aimed at encouraging public participation in the burgeoning commercial space industry. It raised more than 2.2 million euros in a crowdfunding campaign for the Space Nation Astronaut Training Program. This included one million euros which were pledged in the first 43 minutes for their smartphone application for citizen astronauts.