About CWP

The Common Web Platform (CWP) is a platform-as-a-service offering for the creation and hosting of government websites. Services include patching, disaster recovery, an online code repository, and a co-funded development pool.

Your agency's role

Your agency maintains control of your websites, including the look and feel, and can extend the functionality as required.

Your agency sets up an account and starts using the CWP functions provided. The platform provides parts of the solution and your agency controls the rest.

Your agency controls:

  • the look and feel of your website;
  • the suppliers of professional services to manage and develop your website;
  • the content;
  • your website's code;
  • bespoke development to integrate your website with other systems; and
  • other custom features and templates.

Silverstripe's Role

Silverstripe deliver and manage the software solution. The solution is an enhanced version of Silverstripe CMS and Solr Enterprise search* with out-of-the-box features and templates selected to meet the needs of government websites. Silverstripe also provides:

  • support and assistance to agency staff;
  • services for agency developers/site administrators;
  • reporting;
  • 24/7 service desk;* and
  • an online code repository that allows sharing and reuse of code between agencies.

*Please note: statements on this page do not apply to the Mini stack. 

CWP Structure

Benefits of using CWP

Website developments are usually treated as a one-off project, requiring unnecessary reinvestment in design, development, procurement, and security. With CWP, agencies can use investments already made in technology components, designs, and contracts.

The Common Web Platform:

  • provides tools, versioning, and backups to help agencies comply with the Public Records Act 2005;
  • provides base website templates tested for compliance with the New Zealand Web Standards, reducing the risk of publishing inaccessible content;
  • provides a platform architecture that has been through an independent security review, reducing the reputational risk of websites being compromised;
  • provides regular patching and software updates, again reducing the reputational risk of the website being compromised;
  • provides software and infrastructure components as a service, reducing the risk of poor performance or downtime due to relying on ageing software and hardware;
  • provides a base install, with website templates and features selected to meet the common requirements of government web projects. This allows websites to be set up with urgency and reduces time for web projects;
  • provides a single content management system across the agency, reducing the risk of staff making publishing errors, and making it easier for business units to collaborate on content;
  • provides a comprehensive legal contract, which includes financial incentives for the provider to meet the agreed service levels;
  • reduces unnecessary investment by supporting agencies to reuse technology and designs already developed by other agencies;
  • provides advanced tools, including Solr Enterprise search* and Word Document conversion, for use across all CWP websites, without the effort to set them up;
  • provides control to develop a website that is agency specific, without restriction on design and functionality;
  • makes new features and Content Management System (CMS) enhancements available at no extra cost, through the co-funded development pool; and
  • provides a fit-for-purpose CMS, making it easy to update and restructure content.

*Please note: statements on this page do not apply to the Mini stack.

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