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Marine Studies Consortium
The Marinestudiesconsortium.org website disappeared from the web in the middle of the night in late July 2019 without warning and without a trace. The website, which was built years ago by a third-party developer, had been hosted on a third-party platform that shut down its servers without any notification its customers. The website owner reached out to us for help. She was upset and confused about where the site had gone and what could be done to get it back.
It appeared to be a total loss; her calls and emails to the platform’s customer support went unanswered and the platform did not take any backups at all. Time was of critical essence: the website is used by students to register for marine studies courses at participating colleges and universities — and fall registration was about to begin.
After reassuring the client that we would help her, we recommended completely rebuilding the site from scratch on WordPress, with an accelerated project plan so the site could launch in time for course registration. We recommended a reputable host – and urged the client to sign up for our Small Business plan to ensure that the website would be properly maintained — and backed up daily — so she would never lose it again. The build would be a full-scale project with phases for discovery, design, development and launch.
We recommended a reputable host – and urged the client to sign up for our Small Business plan to ensure that the website would be properly maintained.
As for the original developer’s archive, it was just a skeleton of the website and a bit broken. With some troubleshooting, we were able to get it to work on our server. And with some content and image updates it would suffice. We arranged for new website hosting, uploaded the site files, and updated the content and images that the client provided to us. After the client’s final review, we scheduled the launch, apply the SSL certificate and made the site live in mid-September 2019.