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Case Study

Overview

When Kanbe’s first approached Altec Design their website was a standard template site from SquareSpace. With their business growth accelerating they had outgrown their current website and were looking to upgrade the site to perform well across desktop and mobile devices, and they wanted to add better donation functionality. This is a common theme with many of our clients, its great to use a generic site builder to build a quick website when your company is first starting out, however once you have begun to grow it can quickly become apparent that you need more flexibility than what comes with a generic 3rd party CMS system like SquareSpace. After a consultation with our development team Kanbe’s awarded Altec the project and outlined the following project goals:

  • Setup a new donation form that integrates directly with Bloomerang, Kanbe’s donation management software
  • Fix the onsite page Meta info so that their site showed proper descriptions & titles in search results
  • Highlight volunteering and donation options by using a vertical scroll which follows users down each page
  • Work directly with Kanbe's staff during onsite training sessions to teach key staff members WordPress Admin tools

Building The New Website

During the initial proposal phase Altec had presented two options to the Kanbe's Team. The first option was for Altec to design and build a custom WordPress theme. The second option was for Kanbe's to pick out a pre-built WordPress theme and have the Altec engineers install and customize the theme. Kanbe's chose the less time intensive option of selecting a pre-built theme and having Altec make a small list of updates and improvements to the theme. The total build process took 10 weeks to complete and the final cost was kept under $15,000 for the whole project, which meet the budget needs outlined by the client.

Updating DNS

With the new WordPress theme installed & configured exactly to the specifications outlined by the Kanbe’s management team it was time to activate the new company emails + move the site to their new dedicated server. The Altec Dev Ops team worked directly with Kanbe’s to make all of the necessary DNS changes. We were able to get the new site live with less than 30 minutes of downtime during the entire change over. Within 48 hours the website had been completely re-indexed.

Ongoing Wordpress Management

To help ensure Kanbes never has to go through the scary process of getting their website hacked they also inrolled in our WordPress Management program. We are experts at keeping wordpress sites up and running, our WordPress management plans include:

  • Offsite Backups
  • Plugin Support/Maintenance
  • Wordpress Core Updates
  • Theme Support/Maintenance
  • Daily Security Audits
  • Advanced Site Caching & Load Optimization

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