In this episode of #WebdesignWednesday, we discuss our work on Mountain Tactical Company’s two websites featuring custom tikka t3x https://tikkaperformance.com.
Both of these were on outdated platforms, and although they had a dedicated server, the server was crashing each month and presenting a lot of security issues.
In both sites cases, we were able to successfully migrate all the old user data, forum posts, images, links, products, reviews, etc. to the new sites so they didn’t lose any data. We recreated the sites in a WordPress environment which opened up a world of possibilities for feature enhancements like gamification, social networking, and backend e-commerce store management, while simultaneously allowing us to upgrade the security of each site through several means.
Happy Wednesday, everyone, Daniel here with page perfect bringing you web design Wednesday, I’m going to show you a couple of the sites that we’ve worked on for one client. And these are some unique cases where we had to migrate their older sites from different kind of outdated platforms that were presenting a lot of security issues. And we brought them into a WordPress environment. And in one case, we had, we also gave it a great facelift on the design aesthetic. And on the other one, we did not we’ve actually matched their old theme. So I want to show you those real quick. This first one that we’re looking at is the old original Tika shooters.com forum site. Now, this is a very robust forum that mountain tactical company manages, and there’s over 4000 members at this point, there was over 10,000 posts when we migrated this database. And well, I’ll just jump right in here to the facelift. So here’s the redesign for Tika shooters.com, a user forum. So some of the things that we’re proud about with this migration is the technical aspect. Because we were, we were successfully able to keep all of the old members, all of the old posts, all of the images, links like everything was migrated over here. And this platform, this, this forum, provides a ton of search engine juice, if you will, SEO juice to their main site, which we’re going to get to in a minute, which is their e commerce site where they design and manufacture custom rifle products for the hunting community. And so it was very important that not only we could keep all of those old posts, when we brought it over to this site, but also that the SEO juice would be intact. If you don’t know SEO juice is tied to a domain. So that’s, that’s what carries with it in longevity, SEO credibility in the search engines eyes. And so we were keeping the domain intact. But we needed to keep all of the posts intact as well. So we were successfully able to do that. Now let me show you a few of the aesthetic redesign type of things that are going on here. If anyone is familiar with forums on WordPress, this the default one is called BB press. And it’s kind of clunky. Now this is a fork from that. And it’s by buddyboss. And we love buddyboss. So
here is what that looks like I love this little, you know, as you can see this little slider in the middle, that just kind of tells you where you’re at in the forum. And if you’re moving towards the original post or away from it. So some great stuff there. You can see all of the forum stats here, which is great. Let me just jump into the activity section, which is kind of exciting because this is an aspect that we added to the forum, which gives it a social network feel it’s easier for users to interact with each other follow each other message each other on this platform than they could ever do on the old one. And additionally, we added a gamification aspect here called the shooting record. And and these are points that you get target points like for hitting the target when a user is interacting and doing different things in the community. Now, in a WordPress environment with gamification, we could actually turn those points into credits as like store credit, or any other thing we can think of that we want to use it for. But in this case, we’re just using it so that the community members can kind of feel proud that they are climbing the ranks and becoming a high ranking member. All right, so that is the ticket shooters.com forum. And now we’ll jump over here to the same clients main site, where they actually make money, where they design, manufacture and sell internationally, these custom rifle parts for the hunting community, mainly for the Tikka Tikka line by Beretta. So this, again, was a unique design, process and objective because in this case, we didn’t want to give it a whole facelift and have, you know, give the whole nine yards in terms of a redesign. What we needed to do was solve some immediate security issues that were happening, even though this old website was on a dedicated server. It was crashing every month. And there were security issues on top of that. So we kind of had an emergency like we need to get this thing off of that old platform which is open card. No offense to opencart. But we decided to move it over to WordPress. And on our end, we actually did a lot of designing. But you can’t tell that it’s different from the old site. So we used a custom theme builder, to create this theme this look and feel from scratch to match the old original theme on their old platform. And so here, here it is. And what was nice about this, there’s a kind of a few things we’re proud of here is one from the customers standpoint, you know, they didn’t really see or experience anything different on this WordPress version of the site. The you know, they wake up one day and the site happens to be on a WordPress platform, they don’t know that. Because we kept the look and feel. There’s a few subtle things that changed the look and feel. But by and large, it is exactly like the old one. The other thing that we’re proud of from the technical standpoint, and as again, we were able to successfully migrate all of the company’s products, product reviews, questions and answers on those products. Actually, all of the customer data was able to be migrated, including their old order numbers, and we were able to keep their order numbers going sequentially up from where they left off on the old platform. So it in those terms, it was very much a flawless victory to get to do this for them. And we were excited to do that. We’re actually in talks with this company over the next six months or a few months, we might be getting to start a complete redesign of the site to give it kind of the give it a facelift for the next 10 years moving forward with some enhanced animations and things. So we’ll keep an eye on that. But for now, this is what we wanted to show you today on web design Wednesday. teeka shooters calm and ticket performance.com both owned and managed by mountain tactical company right here in Bozeman, Montana. If you have any, any friends or if you yourself are into hunting, definitely check these out amazing resources for really tuning and coming up with a precision tuned hunting rifle for next fall. All right, you guys this is Daniel with Paige perfect. Thanks for watching and we hope to catch you on the next one.
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