Evess, previously trading as Graduation Attire, is a commercial business providing graduation, legal, choir and church attire.
The client initially came to us for help in developing the original Graduation Attire website on a proprietary platform
However, as the business expanded, Evess wanted our help to consolidate the three arms of their business under one website. They wanted to achieve this by migrating from their proprietary platform to a Software as a Service (SaaS) e-commerce site.
They wanted to move to the e-commerce platform Shopify to allow more in-house control of their e-commerce operation without the need for expert development and coding knowledge.
Without proper planning and preparation, website migrations can go badly wrong.
It’s common for sites to see a sharp drop in visibility and traffic immediately following website migration. Minimising the potential for this kind of drop would be integral to our work on this site migration.
With the old Graduation Attire site, because it was a proprietary platform, we had complete access to the backend and code. However, with the new e-commerce software, we’d have less access and control to be able to build a strong, SEO enriched platform.
This meant that, from an SEO perspective, migrating the site to a Shopify platform would be a step-down in performance. But, by using a tried and tested website migration methodology, we were able to mitigate these drawbacks.
As well as the website migration, the client also had a pre-existing blog that they needed to migrate to reflect the domain change. However, while Shopify is a good platform for e-commerce sites, their blogging capabilities are limited. So, we needed to find an alternative solution.
What we did
But, for Evess, because they were moving to the non-proprietary SaaS platform, Shopify, they needed an alternative solution. Shopify’s blog platform has limited SEO capabilities and is not as customisable as a specific blogging platform such as WordPress. This meant that, for Evess, it wouldn’t achieve the results they needed from their blog.
So, never ones to make a decision just because that’s what everyone else is doing, we went against the SEO playbook and moved our client’s blog to a subdomain.
By creating a WordPress blog, hosted on a subdomain of evess.co, we were able to have more access to the backend and the coding which meant we could personalise the blog to Evess’s specific needs.
Once we’d created the new blog on our evess.co subdomain, and migrated all the existing Graduation Attire blog content across, we needed to begin populating it with new, high-quality content.
Content is what draws an audience in, it tells the story of a brand and provides valuable and engaging information for your audience.
Then, we produce engaging and captivating content targeted towards those audiences. This helps to build a brand’s authority and awareness in their respective industry.
For Evess, our content strategy focussed on giving prominence to each of the three arms of their brand; Graduation Attire, Choralia and Tailor De Jure.
We published this content on the journal.evess.co blog subdomain, which contained three distinct sections to house content tailored to each of the three arms of the brand.
By focusing on the three Evess target audiences in our content creation, we were able to build a catalogue of content that addresses their respective needs and ultimately raise Evess’s authority and brand awareness.