Cornerstone worked with Vanguard Technology to relaunch a new online experience using the MVC framework. The project would combine three websites into one and build a faster, more streamlined experience that still maintained legacy features.
One of Cornerstone’s websites was already built using Progress® Sitefinity®. After looking at the broader content management landscape, Cornerstone decided to leverage Sitefinity for the broader redesign and consolidation project. Cornerstone notes the key differentiators of using Sitefinity have been the ease-of-use, flexibility with changing the layout of pages and easy categorization.
“Sitefinity allows for multi-site functionality. Since many, but not all, of Cornerstone League’s websites were combined into one, the league can continue grow and move other legacy website under one roof and technology,” said Jessica Wood, digital strategy director, Cornerstone League. “Sitefinity offered many out-of-the-box solutions. The new redesign in 2020 updated the brand and create a mobile-friendly website.”
As the Sitefinity implementation got underway, it integrated Cornerstone’s existing infrastructure and tech stack, enabled dynamically generated content, ensured cross-channel data collection, and developed faceted search to enable visitors to find content faster and easier.
Specifically, it created import scripts to move thousands of news articles from each separate website. This resulted in a single website that contains all the dynamic and user-generated content from the previous websites, with a faceted search to find content faster and easier. It also reduced computationally heavy features to improve speed, while maintaining all custom and new functionalities.
As Jessica Wood explains, “In the original website, there were custom forums, redirect, searches, workflow and other functionality. These functions were evaluated and recreated within Sitefinity. For the 2020 website upgrade, these functionalities were re-evaluated again and leaned more on out-of-the-box features and recreated in MVC.”
Once the site was live, it was rolled out to its customers, members and their employees, through an extensive marketing campaign.