We've just about completed the first stage a major update that we'll be applying to all our websites over the next few months.
we found ourselves in a situation where the multiple website approach
has been working extremely well, except for the maintenance side of things… which was becoming a nightmare!
If we made a fix or modification on one site,
it then had to be applied to all the others, and that just wasn't
From a design viewpoint a couple of the
sites are really starting to look quite dated as well, and realistically
even the 'newer' sites are past their prime. Likewise from a coding
perspective, a lot of what we've done in the past is no longer 'best
So towards the end of last year we decided to
start fresh and create a single framework that we could host in the
cloud and then customise for use on each website.
framework delivers all the major library functions from a single application on Amazon's Cloudfront
content delivery network, which will significantly improve our speed and
reliability. The template structure has been built on Twitter's
Bootstrap framework, which will allow us to easily customise the design,
layout and content to ensure each website is unique.
allowed us to rework a lot of the code already and will facilitate even
more improvements in the future. It's also allowed us to address a wide
variety of issues that are becoming even more important, such as
responsive design for mobile and tablet users, search engine
optimization best practices and better social media integration.
of all, it will allow us to present your work on a variety of
professional platforms, each focusing on a distinct sector of the