We just completed a major with ExpressionEngine 3 update for ShoreFire Media. Aside from getting all the benefits of EE3, we were able to get rid of 7 third party addons and replace them with native fields and functionality.
The updated codebase will be easier to maintain and to update to newer versions of ExpressionEngine in the future.
We are excited to announce a new website for TajMo to promote the new album by Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’. The album brings together the talents of two unique artists who have already built individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into new territory.
The website takes advantage of ExpressionEngine’s Create once, Publish Everywhere philosophy which allows us to continue to post tour dates to Keb’ Mo’s website and have them load on TajMo.com as well. Additionally we are using our own phplist ExpressionEngine add-on to run the mailing list and avoid charges by third party services.
In late July we migrated Keb’ Mo’s website from WordPress to ExpressionEngine. This was not a redesign, but instead a mirror of the WordPress site. Aside from the mobile menu (which used a WordPress plugin), the only difference is the responsive framework which went from Skeleton to Bootstrap. Skeleton is actually a lighter weight (albeit outdated) framework.
ExpressionEngine had already been powering Keb’s internal assets site; so most of the content needed was already in EE. The majority of the work revolved around changing the HTML for Bootstrap, as well as developing the tour page. And last but not least, instead of using a plugin for a sitemap, we created the sitemap from scratch using a standard EE template ~ which is what we prefer to do for any EE site we develop.
After about 4 weeks of being on ExpressionEngine, the site speed has improved a lot, and visits from organic search have increased significantly as well. We attribute both to proper site building techniques, correct HTML syntax and a sitemap that accurately reflects the site’s content.
Of note: Keb’ Mo’s WordPress site had also been built by us