Each year we also applied design refreshes and new features where relevant to their annual event sites. This included brand refreshes each year for the likes of Celtic Connections and Glasgow Mela and enhancing the events display to support larger volumes of traffic when applicable.
We developed a new events management system as events requirements evolved to include regular recurring events and different event occurrences. The events API was enhanced to feature the different events across all venues and festival sites and support the growing load on the service at peak launch periods.
We chose to migrate all of Glasgow Life and all of it’s affiliate sites from Sharepoint to Umbraco CMS for a number of reasons:
- Umbraco offers seamless user experience on one site even when another one on the server is going through the developing and deployment stages. This was important when different websites were going to be in use at different times of year and changes were being made (e.g. 2018 European Championships site being used in summer by users while amendments were being made to the Celtic Connections site for the coming winter).
- Umbraco allows for non-technical editors to alter the site if they need to. This could include adding content, customising the site layout or adding components to a page e.g. a location map, pull quotes or lightboxes.
This method of working allowed us to continuously build, test and deploy at regular intervals. This meant that we could quickly deliver improvements to production throughout the duration of projects and did not have to wait until all work was completed to see value. It also gave stakeholders the opportunity to review and give their feedback throughout the project lifecycle.
The way in which we modelled the architecture of certain sites afforded some benefits to the various charities. For example, there were various sites that, despite being separate from one another, pulled data from the same source, e.g. The Glasgow Concert Halls and Tickets Glasgow sites both pulled data from the same source on performance events that was used to populate areas of their sites.
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