Alpha Imaging

Alpha Imaging Website Conversion

Verna’s site for alpha had been hosted with Business Catalyst for the past 8 years. In May of this year, Business Catalyst announced their end of life for their platform. Verna, along with almost 50,000 users are in a situation to find a new platform for their website. The alpha site is a fairly high volume shoping cart site along with over 100 pages of content. I researched and evaluated the major shopping cart platforms including Shopify, Big Commerce, Woo Commerce and 5 others. After some collaboration with Verna and the Ascended Masters, the platform chosen was Big Commerce. In addition to the site itself, the other major portion of this project was to convert the existing order and customer history to the new platform. I researched conversion options and proposed LitExtensions services to convert the products, order history, customer and blog.

The graphics on the site were all created and provided by Verna and the banner from Geoff at Aline graphics. I converted and formatted all the content from the existing site into the new platform.

I proposed that the work would take about 3 weeks. In those 3 weeks, I coordinated the conversion and built and converted the other necessary pages. We kept to the original timeline and with quick responses and collaboration with Verna, the new site was live and working 3 weeks later!

As part of the conversion, the email for the domain also needed to be moved. It was previously hosted on Business Catalyst. We moved the email to a new provider and setup additional email addresses that were needed.

This was a big project and with some extra planning up front and commitment by all parties, the site went live and the site’s customers can now login and see their previous orders. All in all, a great success!

Email Marketing Newsletter Setup

Verna had accumulated many email addresses in Business Catalyst before the conversion to Big Commerce.  Big Commerce does not have any built in email marketing features, so I researched the ones that were supposed to easily integrate.  After finding bugs and features lacking with many of the tools, I setup Zapier to look at the orders and add an email address to Mailerlite if the customer desires to be sent future emails.  In addition, I cleaned up the existing data and imported it into Mailerlite.

Project Details

Client Alpha Imaging
Skills Web

“Sheila from Limitlessly is brilliant.

Over the last 10 years Sheila’s is the 3rd company I have employed to upgrade my website. She beats the bigger companies hands down.

I felt she understood my needs, listened to what I wanted, heard what I had to say and went out of her way to provide me with a website I am proud of, and which really showcases my products.

She made excellent suggestions around alternative platforms, add-ons, apps and ecommerce which simplified the navigating and shopping experience for my customers.

She has given me personalised tutorials to help me navigate the new platform.

Sheila is professional and focused, yet friendly and approachable. She provided a level of service that is rarely seen today.

I have no hesitation in recommending Sheila to anyone wanting to start, change or upgrade their website.”

Verna Maruata

Owner, Alpha Imaging, New Zealand