From the conclusions made in the article UK government’s spending on hosting and development, I decided to migrate the Government site DFT (Department for Transport) to a php application, specifically WordPress, as this is a CMS we have much experience developing and hosting.
The key points from the rest of this report follow:
Migration – We migrated dft.gov.uk from it’s current management system to WordPress to illustrate the ease of the process and that the site can be moved to an open source, free management system for very little cost. We had no access to any site files but used a small script to crawl the sites content and images.
Hosting – The copied site is now hosted on our PHP platform vCluster and was developed on the same platform it is now hosted on.
Expenditure – The migration and hosting process resulted in costs to us of £5000. This small investment could save up to £64,800 per month, £777,600 per annum, and this is for a single Government site.