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Seaport San Diego is a wildly creative and ambitious new downtown development that will add an array of amenities to the waterfront area. With world renown architects and public relations by the talented crew at MNM Advertising & PR, we’ll no doubt be hearing a lot about this over the coming months. This website upgrade project consisted entirely of one key objective - replicating the look and feel of a technically-problematic Wordpress build on the much more user-friendly Weebly platform. As I often find with Wordpress, the site was originally created to be maintained solely by the developer, so the site owner did not have the ability to add additional features over time. Additionally, the site owner wanted to escape the tedious security hassles of maintaining an aging Wordpress site.
Working closely with the project manager at MNM, we addressed content and usability first, making some subtle but important improvements. We then moved on to the actual migration in which I discovered some great new tricks for matching styles from within the sitewide CSS stylesheet.
I was also fortunate to find an app that provided an improved slideshow - a feature that was highly desired by the client. The slideshow (as seen on the home page) even offers a nice Ken Burns transition effect. My other goal in the upgrade process was to make as much of the site content user editable as possible so we moved some items out of a clunky accordion module and added an easy-to-update blog. Who builds a website without a blog nowadays?!
Keep an eye out for updates in the news as both of these large and dynamic projects take shape. As always, I’m amazed by the ideas and ingenuity of my clients. My favorite projects are the ones where a client has a strong creative vision and needs my help to put it online. Thank you for bringing me along for the ride. To see the new site, visit SeaportSanDiegoCa.com.
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As the owner of Pixel Lava Interactive I've helped hundreds of small businesses and nonprofits with websites, graphic design and more. I hope you'll find this blog full of useful information.
~ Ame Stanko