Migrating to a new CMS within a fixed timeframe

  • Content Management
  • Hosting
  • Open Source
  • Umbraco
  • Website Migration
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A screenshot of UK Shared Business Service's REF 2021 website

Project objectives

• Migrating the REF 2021 website to Umbraco within an immovable two-week timeframe

• Migrating content from REF 2021 to a new server

• Migrating content from REF 2014 to a new server

• Maintaining the REF 2021 site’s styling and layout

• Maintaining URLs for both sites

• Providing secure hosting for the REF 2021 site

A screenshot of UK Shared Business Service's REF 2021 website

Project outcomes

With Umbraco, UK SBS can:

• Create and edit content using a WYSIWIG editor

• Preview content to see how it will render on different devices, including mobile and tablet

• Manage those working on the website, with role-based permissions providing granular access control

• Work with a range of flexible templates, with support for restricted areas based on user permissions

• Access, author and publish pages on-the-go

• Quickly find content and media files with smart search functionality

• Create tables and other content types without knowledge of HTML

• Extend functionality as and when required with compatible packages


Ease of use, an intuitive editor interface and a scalable feature set made Umbraco the perfect solution for UK SBS’s migration requirements.

Our ability to build quickly and efficiently with Umbraco, combined with the flexibility of the open source system means that UK SBS can focus on ensuring that their content performs effectively.

Our goal with every website migration project we work on is to efficiently move our partner’s website, whilst mitigating any decreases in search engine performance and minimising downtime.

UK Shared Business Service's REF 2021 website displayed on iPad Pro

“Connect were really responsive, answered our questions clearly and being able to speak directly to the development team was unique and really useful.

“The site was ready exactly when you said it would be, and for a project with such a tight timescale, this was excellent.”

UK Shared Business Services Ltd

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