From slow wordpress build, to lightning fast, SEO powerhouse with Hugo. We pulled out every trick in the bag for modular school builders Sunesis

https://sunesis.co.uk/
  • UX
  • Web Design
  • Maintenance

1 Month

Sunesis, a subsidiary of Wilmott Dixon's, tasked us with the goal of making a fast, efficient and modular website to push the concept of modular school builds. We took over their Wordpress website development in 2018 and later that year, focused on converting their site to an unbelievably optimised HUGO website.

We pitched the concept of simply creating a carbon copy of their current site, but essentially focusing the lens around all their components on the current site, improving the responsivity and reusability of assets. It took us roughly 3 months, and multiple iterations to ensure we built an incredible modular site.

Hot swapping blocks

Every element on the site is hot-swappable and rearrangeable thanks to the intuitive markdown/HUGO stack. It allows for the Sunesis staff to rapidly build out new sections whilst simultaneously back up every version thanks to the integration of Forestry, HUGO & git.

Since building the site, this has been used for multiple marketing campaigns, composed and iterated on by We Are Marketable to ensure that every page has optimal SEO strategies with the rich data to back it up.

Because of the use of extremely fast markdown display, it allows of a consistent backup loop where every commit is recorded from both a developer and a content creator, essentially building a perfect Integration with git and a smart method to backup, collaborate and expand.

Forestry Explainer

Much faster

Due to the lack of querying with PHP we've made the site much faster (roughly load times of 3x faster than the original Wordpress site), along with literally no cost to maintain with no moving parts due to it being static, and a worldwide content delivery network to ensure that wherever the site is being accessed, it's being distributed by the nearest node.

Search functionality in a static site?

The true crux of the build was retaining search functionality within a static site. We wanted to still allow the user to search through a range of different data, from blog posts, to modular school types. We finally cracked this with the use of javascript and indexing all the pages to be able to callback at a later date.