Meet my client: Scott and Melissa Flaherty purchased Seattle Dive Tours in 2018 and took over the company website. The website was in WordPress, but in an older theme. After seeing that WebCami Site Design had worked with several West Seattle businesses, Scott contacted WebCami for a redesign.
What was needed: Cami and Scott collaborated on goals throughout the project. Cami recommended several backend changes to create new post types for trainings and tours and reclassifying some pages as posts. Scott was also not processing payments for his shopping cart and instead sent client invoices when they made a purchase.
Our solution: We built the new website using Beaver Builder and added a plugin called Pods to create new custom post types. With all the structural changes, we also made sure we used 301 redirects to eliminate 404 messages for pages with different URLs after the redesign. We added to his current WooCommerce set up for shopping and added payment processing.
Proven results: Scott now has a website that is easier to manage and organize. He can update his shopping cart with ease and now takes payments via Stripe. His calendar for bookings is fully embedded and the display on mobile is strong and dependable.
Remember this! It's a good practice to update your WordPress theme every 3-5 years. WordPress core files are updated up to 30 times a year. As WordPress evolves, themes need to follow suit. Many theme providers fall off over time and your website can start having issues.
I wanted to stay local and found Cami through some local sites and did some quick reference checks. Reference checks weren't entirely necessary. We were able to assemble our vision, content, pictures during the COVID shutdown and worked with Cami to execute that vision. Where she wasn't able to realize certain visions - she also had more elegant and in theme suggestions. Very responsive to feedback, edits, and organized to build, edit, and finalize the site.
We're proud owners of a new modernized site that kept all the good and chucked all the bad and should be good to go for the upcoming years.