Cushy CMS to WordPress CMS Conversion

Dumas Bay retreat center screenshot

Client: Dumas Bay Centre

Scope of Work
Accessibility Improvements
Copyediting and content migration
Front-End web development
Performance optimization
Security hardening
Search engine optimization
Visual redesign

Team: Cipalla Communications, Scott Marlow, Joan van den Berg

Dumas Bay Centre is a unique event & retreat venue owned by the City of Federal Way.

Before the website redesign, center staff were limited to editing existing website content using Cushy CMS, a WYSIWYG HTML editing tool. To add new content, city IT staff needed to upload files to the web host.

The website was migrated to a new host and WordPress was configured to allow full rich-content editing. The new mobile-friendly site features a more modern look, with image galleries, oEmbed video support, site search, SSL protection, and feedback and rental inquiry forms. All implemented with accessibility in mind.

Performance Metrics

Performance WordPress Site Benchmark
Google Mobile Speed: 68
Google Desktop Speed 81
Pingdom 87 faster than 87% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index 1,017 median = ~4,493
top 10% = <1,388
YSlow 81 average score = 70
Web Page Size 526 Kb In 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb
median page size = ~1.9 Mb
Web Server Requests 27 < 40 – 60 recommended

 

Your Partner for Accessible Websites

PAVE responsive website

Client: PAVE

Scope of Work:
Front-end web development, Performance optimization, Rebranding, Security hardening, Visual redesign, WCAG 2.0 Accessibility

Team: Scott Marlow, Tami Vileta

The Challenge

Partnership for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE) and the Military Parent Technical Assistance Center needed to modernize their websites to meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards. Simultaneously, the organization needed a more authentic visual brand to resonate with their clients: military and civilian parents and caregivers who advocate for children and youth with disabilities.

The Solution

Our team completely re-branded and refreshed their 2 websites. Starting with a deep-dive discovery process, Pinpoint took committees from both organizations through a collaborative process to arrive at a vibrant new look and feel for each site that provided a better user experience while maintaining rigorous accessibility standards.

Performance WordPress Site Benchmark
Google Mobile Speed: 76
Google Desktop Speed 100
Pingdom 78 faster than 87% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index 1,180 median = ~4,493
top 10% = <1,388
YSlow 71 average score = 70
Web Page Size 591 Kb In 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb
median page size = ~1.9 Mb
Web Server Requests 47 < 40 – 60 recommended

Seattle WordCamp 2017: Nov 4 – 5

The annual Seattle WordCamp conference is coming up Nov 4 -5 at WA St Convention Center.

This is a great opportunity to improve your WordPress website skills. If you are available, here are some WordPress presentations from the schedule you may find interesting:

Saturday, Nov 4

10:00    Workshop: Learn to Use your WordPress Website
1:00        Mobile Accessibility
1:00      Get Google To Love Your WordPress Website
3:15      Design Tips for Non-Designers
4:15      User Research on a Budget

Sunday, Nov 5

10:00    Gutenberg & the Future of WordPress (covers the new Visual HTML Editor to be released this winter. Important!)
11:00     Content Doesn’t Grow on Trees – An Introduction to Content Strategy
1:00      Workshop: 8 Ways to Make Sure You Keep Blogging, Week After Week
1:00      Out of the Box: Designing and Developing for Accessibility in WordPress Templates
3:00      Practical WordPress Marketing for Nonprofits

I’ll be there all weekend, as a Community Sponsor.

Localized Community Websites

Community Health clinic website screenshot
Graphic Design: David Owen Hastings
WordPress Web Development: Scott Marlow

International Community Health Services is a nationally recognized nonprofit community health center that provides affordable health care services to King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

In 2015, we upgraded the 300+ page site with a new mobile responsive design. New site features include:

  • improved information architecture, with custom menus and clearer calls-to-action
  • more dynamic homepage content
  • translation for multiple languages
  • font resizer and contrast toggle for visitors with disabilities
  • simple online contact form, social media integration
  • extended footer with Quick Links
  • overall improved accessibility and usability features