Khyentse Foundation


I was the lead developer on this major redesign and rebuild of the website of an important not-for-profit, the Khyentse Foundation. Working closely with a designer, I helped with the information architecture and UX design, as well as building a bespoke WordPress theme and a suite of custom plugins.


The site uses WPML to localize the site for the Chinese language, which brought a number of challenges as a result of the complexity of the build. I also worked closely with the Chinese translation team to overcome any issues with the translation process.

The final site was welcomed by the Foundation as a fresh and more user friendly source of information about their work.

Team page with offcanvas profile module

Team page (Chinese)


  • Integration of Algolia API to provide a powerful, multi-language search function, including display of results on Google Map.
  • Extensive use of Advanced Custom Fields plugin throughout site.
  • Custom Post Types for team members, grant recipients, awards, publications and more, each in its own custom plugin.
  • From-scratch bespoke WordPress theme.
  • Subtle animations using GSAP library
  • Geolocation – used to implement “graceful degradation” where API availability is not guaranteed (e.g. Google Maps API).