In late 2012, we decided to move off our propriety/traditional CMS to WordPress, an open-source system. Initial research and design work on the project began in 2013. The first areas started to migrate in the fall of 2013 (a rolling migration with different sites moving to WP at different times) and project was completed in April 2014.
- WordPress Network Mode (40+ topically-themed subdomains)
- Genesis Framework child theme
- Development support from CMS Ad Group
- Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud
- Recycling look-up tool
- Find a Park tool
- Custom templates, including one for projects
- Non-technical explanation and video
Key Plugins Used
Note: This isn’t the full list.
- The new site has significantly lowered our costs – no CMS licensing costs associated with a proprietary system, much lower hosting costs, lower cost for development of new features and functions.
- Savings is estimated at $12,000-$15,000 per month.
- Detailed costs:
- Launch costs: Approx. $200,000 – included contracted development support and writing/editing support for 4,000-plus pages and files plus hosting costs.
- Ongoing future costs: Expected to be <$75K per year (for hosting & support), plus the incremental/variable cost of developing new features and functions.
- Current/previous annual costs: About $250K annually for hosting/support and development services, and hardware.
About Our Promotional Video
The video was animated in Adobe After Effects. Some of the elements were created in Adobe Illustrator, others in Cinema 4D. Then the project was imported into AVID Media Composer to lay down the voice over and add the sound effects. The video was produced by Arlington TV.