Jeremy met with Dana Turell, our president, and Kurt Booker, our web director. Having worked with us previously, Jeremy hoped we could help him turn things around.
“I told them we need to get this fixed, and we need to do it right,” Jeremy says. “Kurt was already familiar with our old site and knew exactly what we wanted. He spent a lot of time learning who we are and what our needs are.”
Kurt has been building websites since the 1990s and was a pioneer in e-commerce. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen when it comes to websites. Given all of that, Kurt still acknowledges that the EBE site was a “massive undertaking.”
“It was one of the hardest professional projects I have done,” he says.
The project involved rebuilding the site from the ground up and was implemented in two phases. Kurt says the biggest challenge was ensuring the database involving hundreds of projects and members, between the old site and the new one, remained in sync even as EBE continued to add project information on a daily basis.
The original website was built in about 2000 by another developer and was coded entirely using PHP and MYSQL database. While it still performed adequately, the code and design was showing its age, and maintaining it while adding new features was challenging.
A decision was made to rebuild the site in WordPress because of its vast network of modern plugins and flexibility to add new functionality.
Under the hood, Kurt built software, crafted code and worked on “bending WordPress to my will,” he says. With some effort, he was able to accomplish the task, with the second phase being completed in 2022.