Migrating 25 websites onto the new GovCMS platform

Client

Department of Finance

Services

Content Design
Digital Strategy

Year

2020

 The Department of Finance GovCMS team was tasked with migrating 25 websites onto the new GovCMS platform. 

To assist them, the GovCMS team engaged Pragma to map, migrate and audit content, as well as Pragma’s group company Annex to build the sites. 

Post migration, Pragma optimised content on the newly migrated websites. We also tested the site functionality across browsers and prepared the site for handover to the website owners. 

Pragma’s first step was to define the out-of-the-box content types required for each of the websites. Pragma worked with Annex to determine which content types would be most efficient to build for all 25 websites. 

Once these were defined, Pragma mapped existing website content to content types. This was then handed over to Annex to migrate as per the content types provided. Whilst mapping the content, Pragma provided advice about WCAG compliance and best-practice user experience. 

Post migration, Pragma designed and implemented a process for testing the accuracy of the migrated content and the site functionality, as well as testing the sites against usability principles and ensuring the website was optimised across browsers and devices. This ensured a consistent, accurate migration across all 25 websites. 

Pragma designed and conducted website handover with project clients, ensuring smooth website sign-off, and equipping website owners for future content development. This included training clients in GovCMS features and preparing them for ongoing maintenance and content improvements. Pragma also provided clients with future recommendations for further development of the websites beyond this migration. 

Pragma also worked closely with the site builders from Annex to design a more efficient process for website migration, bringing agile principles to the project and working in small ‘website teams’ to allow maximum efficiency in communication and collaboration. This allowed for websites to efficiently and quickly pass through the five steps of Discovery, Alpha, Beta, Quality Assurance and Final Handover.

Pragma designed and conducted website handover with project clients, ensuring smooth website sign-off, and equipping website owners for future content development. This included training clients in GovCMS features and preparing them for ongoing maintenance and content improvements. Pragma also provided clients with future recommendations for further development of the websites beyond this migration.

 

Pragma also worked closely with the site builders from Annex to design a more efficient process for website migration, bringing agile principles to the project and working in small ‘website teams’ to allow maximum efficiency in communication and collaboration. This allowed for websites to efficiently and quickly pass through the five steps of Discovery, Alpha, Beta, Quality Assurance and Final Handover.

This project resulted in 25 successfully migrated sites by the project deadline. Effectively migrating these sites allowed more government websites to move from an outdate platform to a reliable, secure and best practice platform.

Pragma provided an optimised process which increased the rate of which sites successfully migrated. Pragma enabled effective collaboration and communication across a multi-disciplinary team to produce fast and effect results, resulting in a successful project.

Coupled with client training and best practice recommendations, Pragma ensured

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