Southern Utah Home Builders Association needed to migrate from their existing platform, which was unreliable and outdated. Slightly improving the design, I reprogrammed the site to allow for easier maintenance and updates.
This non-profit organization rebranded, with an entirely new name, and I gladly took the programming challenge. This was a long time client that I was excited to give a new website to, and to help transition away from the existing and unfriendly CMS they had to a user-friendly WordPress experience.
This project had many challenges:
- There were 4500+ articles to migrate
- There was over 100GB of images and video necessary to migrate
- File structure, database structure, CMS, everything was custom already
- Duplicates were everywhere
- The migration and launch had to occur between school semesters
And many others. After a lot of hard work, I was able to migrate to WordPress for an improved writer and publisher experience as well as for future-proofing by using the WordPress platform.
Western Woods was a business my grandfather started in the 1980’s. They sell semiprecious stone and gift store merchandise. I worked here on and off throughout my early college years, thanks to the flexibility of the type of work. I started my job at Flitch Creative full time and left Western Woods. Flitch Creative actually managed their website that they had recently gotten through another company. The site just wasn’t quite doing what they needed it to however, and Western Woods finally decided to get an upgrade.
Originally, it was planned to let another programmer do the work so that I could not be associated with the project (since it was a family business) but it ended up with me anyways as other projects had to stick with other developers. That’s okay with me!
There was also a legal battle that involved a competitor who had been squatting on the .com version of the company name URL. They won the battle and after almost 10 years, could use the .com version and owned it outright.