A Successful Website Redesign – HTML to WordPress
King David’s Table recently received a website redesign after 3 years sporting its original design done in HTML. It was initially designed in a royal red and was later changed to a royal purple.
When a WordPress design was first presented as an alternative to HTML there was some hesitancy until many of the benefits were compared to the usability of the current site. WordPress seemed best going forward. The WordPress design allowed for the articles to be placed in easy-to-search categories, where they were simply alphabetized on the old site. A search box has also been placed in the upper right sidebar and is accessible from every page of the site. When categories are searched, there are page numbers at the bottom of the page that indicate just how many pages of posts there are in that category. This can help someone know how well they may search a category for a post they are looking for.
The new site, with the sidebar on the right hand side, is a 2 column layout which is different than the 3 column layout on the previous site. This website redesign, however, still manages to keep the subscribe information and the donation button easily view-able and accessible, so it isn’t lost in a navigation menu or drop down list of pages. The old website also had a list of some of the featured or latest posts that had been added, but these had to be updated manually in the HTML code. Now, with the WordPress setup, the latest posts will be added automatically. Any new people to the site, or those that haven’t been there in a while, will be able to immediately view new posts that have been added.
WordPress also makes other aspects of the site easier to manage from a webmaster point of view. Using a plugin, redirects from the old site (over 250!) were easily updated and should become automatic with this tool. WordPress offers ease of use when it comes to assigning access to those who shouldn’t be able to access site code and special files, additional plugins can handle specific elements of pages and posts such as keywords, and analytics. WordPress also helps with some security measures that are not as easily handled with HTML sites.
The design elements were a step up to something a little more polished too with the theme css file customized to best suit King David’s Table.
The particular theme used here, a customized Genesis theme from StudioPress, is also responsive. This means it will automatically respond to the viewing device used to access it, be it tablet, cell/smartphone, or another computer, and it will re-size to fit appropriately.
All in all, the transition from HTML to WordPress CMS (content management system) was smooth. The few kinks that showed up (nothing is perfect), were worked out in short order without affecting the site traffic or usability directly.
I enjoyed this project and welcome more like it! 🙂
Here’s the old site design.
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