Recently our customer LIFCO Publishers Pvt. Ltd. (a leading book publishing house from South India) approached us to upgrade their website within a month, to enhance manageability thru easier and faster operations. We took up this challenge and delivered within a month, a more manageable system with easier and faster operations. The previous version of the site (www.lifcobooks.com) was developed several years back on then latest technology platform – Microsoft Content Management 2002 and over the years the site has lot of functionalities built on ASP.NET.
Considering their requirements – Time to release, ease of use (update of content & management by their in-house staff) & cost, we decided on the CMS platform to be Joomla! and the blog platform to be WordPress. Both Joomla! and WordPress run on PHP and PHP runs great in IIS 7.0 using FastCGI technology. The choice of IIS 7.0/Windows Server 2008 solved the other requirement of running many of their existing applications built on .NET framework. Our Open Source team in Vishwak developed the new templates in Joomla! and WordPress. Then moved the content from MCMS 2002 using a combination of manual import and automated scripts. The content from dasBlog engine to WordPress was moved almost entirely automatically. All done, the new site was released as estimated on LIFCO’s founder’s day on 22nd July.
After the upgrade the new site now sports – Fast loading pages, Twitter Integration, Full Featured Shopping Cart, Site search, Blog Integration, Video Integration, Attractive Photo Gallery and more.