Women's Hockey Life
Online Community & News Website
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Project Role & Scope
Women’s Hockey Life’s mission is fantastic: to share news from around the world of women’s hockey while building a community that will support and inspire female hockey players.
WHL has had an online presence for years, but their old site was powered by outdated and inflexible tech. That restricted their ability to grow and use their website to its fullest, so they hired me to help.
News articles are the focus of the site, with category landing pages featuring large photo sliders of recent posts. Each article includes related posts and author bios. The site also highlights and directs visitors to their other divisions, WHL Profile and WHL Academy.
On the backend, the team at WHL manages the editorial workflow for the 100+ authors that have registered with the site. They can review and approve new articles that are submitted before they are published on the site.
The big challenge for this project was migrating the data from the old website’s system so it would work in WordPress. I wrote a custom PHP and MySQL script to export the data and get it in a format that would translate to the new system. After lots of teamwork, we were able to get more than 3000 archived articles and authors moved to the new site.
Working with the WHL team was a true pleasure – and not just because I’m part of a hockey-loving family!
"Our old website was was very outdated, wasn't easy to use, and slowed down our efficiency.
We went from not wanting people to go to the website to telling everyone about it! The productivity of our team has gone up significantly, not to mention far fewer moments of wanting to throw our laptops out the window because of website issues!”
Women's Hockey Life
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