It has been quite a while since we updated our website, it feels like a thousand years since we've done anything! We've been working on several other websites and projects for our clients, and as usually we've kept postponing the upgrade of our own site. So now it's time to move on.
There are a few key items that we feel that need to be updated:
- We'd like to change the look and feel to make it more modern. All websites are "dated" by their look and feel, we want it to say 2013 and not 2005!
- We want to make sure our website should offer a great viewing experience and be readily accessible across multiple platforms, such as desktops, tablets, and cell phones. In other words, we want the website to be responsive.
- We need to change the structure to include new features such as an "assess your needs" web application that will guide our customers to better identify their needs and how we can help them.
With all of this in mind we started. Since we want to make sure that our website is easy to update, we also need to use a Content Management System (CMS). Our options, mostly dictated by the server side technology were WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Since I was going to be performing a big chunk of the development myself, I had to cut Joomla immediately since I'm not that familiar with that platform, and I didn't feel like learning it now. Finally, since I need to use some features that involved tagging and advanced programming, we decided to go with Drupal. Wordpress is a wonderful platform, which has been serving us well for several years, but it felt a bit limiting (not so versatile, I'd say) for some of the stuff we wanted to achieve.
With all of that set, we started this process. We'll keep you posted of our progress.