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CTS Delivers: Transforming the Let’s Get Healthy California Website

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Transforming the Let’s Get Healthy California Website with Robust Hosting, Fluid Content Updates, and Prompt, Adaptive Solutions

Project Overview

The California Department of Public Health and California Health and Human Services, under their Let’s Get Healthy initiative, awarded Capitol Tech Solutions (CTS) a contract to enhance their website’s hosting, maintenance, and content structure.

Initial Challenges

The Let’s Get Healthy California website was plagued with several issues. Its WordPress setup, including the Avada theme and various plugins, was outdated. This caused SEO and performance problems.

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CTS’s Strategy and Execution

CTS developed and executed a strategy for migrating data from the existing hosting environment to a new WPEngine platform. This plan included not only the transferring of data; but also required certification that all plugins were updated to their latest versions. A key focus of this strategy was to ensure that content was properly managed and pushed upstream across the different WordPress environments, namely development, staging, and production. This approach was designed to streamline the content flow and enhance the overall functionality and reliability of the website.

  1. Comprehensive Site Audit: CTS began with a thorough audit of the existing website to identify areas for improvement and suggest infrastructure upgrades for both immediate and long-term needs. CTS provided a detailed list of issues that may impact website security, accessibility, reliability, sustainability, scalability, and ongoing maintenance and enhancement.
  2. Documentation and Remediation: CTS provided extensive documentation, including system architecture diagrams, code base reviews, and applied remediation solutions for website security, accessibility, reliability, sustainability, scalability, and maintenance. This documentation also covered key policies and procedures essential for the ongoing maintenance of the LGHC website.
  3. Migration to WPEngine: The team then migrated the site from the existing host to the WPEngine platform, ensuring a smooth transition by following a detailed migration process. This step involved updating all plugins and pushing content effectively across development, staging, and production environments.
  4. Management of WordPress Environments: The project entailed managing three WordPress environments—development, staging, and production. CTS established a set of guidelines to facilitate appropriate content movement through these environments, including data validation and optimization, content approval and staging, code review, deployment, and post-deployment audits.
  5. Compliance with Accessibility Standards: Ensuring compliance, all website releases adhere to WCAG 2.0 level AA and Section 508 standards, alongside other relevant state accessibility standards.
  6. Ongoing Maintenance and Support: CTS continues to provide maintenance and technical support. This includes regular updates to WordPress core, themes, and plugins, comprehensive testing for site continuity, and regular code reviews for performance, availability, scalability, and security, in line with industry best practices and state policies. To ensure the success of these tasks, CTS has developed a daily, weekly, and monthly task list.

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