After NZ Football’s technology review we all needed to update our sites once more. The Sporty platform was chosen and the move was made near the end of 2017. While the Sporty CMS isn’t a patch on WordPress one benefit the new site does allow us is to incorporate (and track) the draws/results/tables functionality, which previously resided on a separate platform.
The launch of the new WaiBOP Football Federation website took what seemed like years to get over the line, but it’s up now!
A big part of my role at WaiBOP Football is to manage our digital assets. This included being involved in a NZ Football-led, joint-Federation project to update the seven regional Federations’ website. The old sites were built on an out-of-date CMS, with a front end that looked, well, extremely dated.
NZ Football’s digital partner, Fox Sports Pulse, handled the development to ensure consistency of style across all seven websites. The CMS was something I’m well familiar with – WordPress – so it made shifting content, then adding new stuff, a breeze.
The site is device responsive and allows greater integration with our social channels. We have dialed down some of its’ capabilities, for now, with a view to adding some improvements during the off-season. For now, though, it’s just great to have something that offers a superior user experience.