Remember Cliffside is a project by the Cliffside Historical Society in North Carolina. The design of the new website was done by the creators of the original site, Betty and Reno Bailey. The original static site was built in Dreamweaver.
Now in their eighties, this dynamic duo wanted to move the site into WordPress, so that future webmasters of the society could maintain and update it more easily.
We’ve scanned thousands of images and documents, captured the memories of dozens, screened miles of newspaper microfilm — in a mission to collect and preserve every available fact and memory of Cliffside’s 100 years in the sun.
Getting Things Into WordPress
Moving all of that information into WordPress was an arduous job in itself. We enlisted the help of CMS2CMS to get the bulk of those files into WordPress from the static site, but there was a lot of work that remained. The process of automating the move to WordPress had limitations, especially on a site as complex as this one.
Reno and Betty worked for ten months meticulously going through each page of content, creating menus and updating PDFs and images. It was essentially rebuilding the site all over again.
The goal of all this hard work was to port this massive collection of historical data into a content management system that will make editing and adding new information in the future much easier.
Creating the Theme Architecture
My role was to build the theme architecture and then wire everything to work properly with their new site design. They wanted to maintain that vintage feel while providing visitors with a good user experience on mobile and tablets too.
We used the Max Mega Menu for the main navigation. Sidebar menus were custom built for the many sections of the site. Page navigation was added to groups of pages with a parent-child relationship.
Remembercliffside.com houses a massive collection of information, photographs, news clippings, and some very interesting stories about the history of this little North Carolina town.
This was definitely one of my favorite projects, and I’m very proud to be part of the team to preserve these memories for decades to come.
Our shared odyssey in converting Remember Cliffside was long and winding, but without Jackie, we would never have reached the end. We worked on the project on and off for over a year, and I’d choose her again without hesitation as a partner on anything to do with websites. She is extremely knowledgeable, resourceful and helpful, and will guide you around the many pitfalls along the way.
Jackie knows the ins and outs of WordPress, jQuery, PHP, HTML, Web design, site hosting, etc. And if there’s anything she doesn’t know, with all her resources she’ll find out quickly. Most importantly, she’s a delight to work with. –Reno Bailey, RememberCliffside.com