Website migration, National Assembly for Wales

Work > Website migration, National Assembly for Wales
Method4 completed a complex migration project for the National Assembly for Wales.

The Assembly is a democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people. It is critical that they maintain their website so it’s up-to-date, interactive and user friendly with bilingual functionality.

Challenges

  • To move the existing website built over a 10 year period in the OpenText Livelink content management system into SharePoint 2013
  • Migrate over 10,000 pages of content and 100,000 documents in both English and Welsh
  • To replace the existing embedded Google search engine with a custom search facility that would allow members of the public to search and find content with ease
  • To streamline the current petition process for members of the public
  • To move the Assembly onto a .wales domain without disruption to users

Solution

  • The entire website content was successfully migrated onto SharePoint 2013
  • Approximately 1 million forwarding rules were applied from the old site to the new SharePoint site to ensure old links continued to work
  • Bespoke .NET controls were developed to enhance and deliver the site and improve key website features

Benefits

  • The new system is easier for the content editors at the Assembly to manage
  • Website content can be easily tagged with metadata to enhance searching
  • The bespoke search engine and streamlined petition process has helped develop a more user friendly service
  • The .wales domain allows the Assembly to lead by example in promoting Welsh business
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