We Can Now Add Websites for Fraternity Chapters to the CloudBloomers Portfolio!
It was truly a pleasure working with Charles Stephens and Michael Suarez to get their Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapter site up quickly. They had an existing WordPress site and it was on one of the default WordPress themes and was a little lackluster. With a fundraising golf tournament coming up shortly, announcements already sent out and no mention of the golf tournament on the old site, they were kind of in a bind to get something up quickly. Although time was of the essence, they didn’t just want to add the event info, they really wanted to start from scratch and have a new website that more accurately represented their organization and what they are about.
Thanks to the cooperation of the previous web designer, we had access to the site’s login. Normally, I make a backup of the existing WordPress website. However, the existing site was set up kind of strange and I was not able to get a backup. Instead, I used a free tool called HTTrack, which let me make a copy of the existing site and store it on my computer. So, I had access to the existing content of the site at all times.
The previous webmaster had the fraternity’s domain name, AlphaManasota.com, registered in his name. He graciously transferred the domain back to the fraternity chapter. While I was waiting for the transfer to take place, I created the new site on an unused domain using the Avada Theme by ThemeFusion. Once the site was approved by the client, I moved the site to their domain using BackupBuddy and went to work tweaking it. Have I mentioned how much I love BackupBuddy?
The Before & After Pictures
In addition to BackupBuddy, I used the following plugins on this site:
- Akismet – to block spam
- All-in-One Event Calendar by Timely – to list all their events
- Google XML Sitemaps – to submit sitemaps to the search engines
- Gravity Forms – for the golf tournament registration form
- Shareaholic Share Buttons – what can I say – these are fun share buttons
- Subscribe / Connect / Follow Widget for visitors to connect to the social media networks
- WP e-Store – for sponsors to purchase sponsorships and golfer to pay to play in the tournament