One of our long established local customers asked us to look at moving their existing website to a new content managed version. After a meeting we choose a system that would suit the clients needs and budget and in this day and age a customers budget will often dictate the final product. Before we set about changing anything we had to look at the sites stats, as their is no point removing one of their most popular pages!
We backed up the old site, installed the new content management system with the various needed plugins such as Contact Form, Mapping and Gallery system. We then did the data migration and populated the site with the data from the old site.
We then logged into the hosting system and created forwarding URL’s from the old site to the new site pages. This means that any of the old pages that were listed in search engines will now be pointed to the new pages. This is a part of the process that other web designers may leave out but I personally believe is an important part of search engine optimisation and maintaining the sites position in search engines.
This ability to manage the sites content and layout will also mean that Bryanna and her team at the Old Deanery selfcatering cottages can now keep the site fresh with the new gallery system and also the things to do section has changed a lot in the South East and now she can update this from her own kitchen. No need to contact the web guy any more and ask him to update the site and then be billed for it ! DIY is King in 2012
Best of luck with the new site guys.