Penrith Squash Club approached Greystoke Web Design in late 2022 with a problem. Their current hosting provider was shutting down at the end of the year, and they needed their website migrated to new hosting. To make matters worse, the Cumbria Squash website was in the same position. The ask: migrate both sites to new hosting and keep the same look and feel!
Timescales were very tight to complete this work. The task was made more difficult by the fact that the site had been developed using an uncommon technology. Any migration would have to be manual. Moreover, Penrith Squash also wanted the club archives recreated.
The first step was to take local copy of the entire site so that we had an archive we could refer back to if required. Using that copy, we then painstakingly copied the content to the new WordPress site. Once again we used the Astra theme for this, as it is flexible enough to accommodate any website design.
Redirects were put in place for every page, and every archive post to preserve search rankings and ensure a smooth transition. Technical support was provided so that the club could take ownership of their domain, which had been held by their previous provider. A specialised Cookie plugin was used to automatically block YouTube and Twitter content until cookies were accepted. Finally, the Mailchimp newsletter was updated to ensure that new posts on the site continued to be sent out to members.
The Completed Site
The new site was rebuilt in just under 4 days and was live by the 14th December – 2 days before the previous hosting company shut for Christmas. Success!
See the finished site below, or visit the Penrith Squash website to see more.