Database Creation and Management
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Databases of information can help to take control of your information. If you have a massive amount of data to deal with, a database can make things much simpler.
Every online business has some level of information which needs to be translated and input into their website. When you are dealing with a lot of information that changes rapidly, it can become cumbersome to make large amounts of edits through the backend of your website. Take control with a solid database structure for your information.
Benefits of an Information Database to Your Organization:
Your website needs content to stay healthy and useful. Sometimes sorting and working with that content, or data, can be daunting. Large amounts of data equal large amounts of updates, and that isn’t always practical when doing so page by page. A database allows you to sort all your information into a manageable spreadsheet that can then be uploaded into your website via the backend. For example if you have an eCommerce store, rather than input products one by one through the backend of your site, you can prepare spreadsheets of your product data that can then be pushed in batches onto your site. This saves the time of having to sit in the backend of your site for hours hitting save, and allows you to complete whole sections at once. Then if you need to change things up, you can simply export your database, make modifications and reload the data with minimal time. The most intensive part of a database is it’s initial creation. Once that work is completed however, you can begin to reap the benefits.
Database Migration from an old system
Perhaps you already have your data set up within a database, but it’s day has come and past. We see many companies trying to work with outdated methods of storing and sorting data, which can result in headaches caused by ancient software, which was never intended to be used in this digital age. When that happens, the major decision to consider is “Should we migrate to a modern system?” The answer is typically yes, but the amount of effort and work it requires can hold people back. Some companies don’t even have a database, but have instead put countless hours of time pushing information into an outdated website with no easy way to retrieve it.
We can help detangle this process and get you migrated to a modern database solution. If you have an old database, we can usually export a copy of it and manipulate the data into a format that will work on a modern solution. If, for example, you don’t have a database but instead a collection of individual pages full of content we have the ability to “scrape” your website and collect that information and start to parse it out into a manageable format for you to review and edit. Either way the work is well worth the outcome as you come away from the process with data you can control and use to your advantage.
Take control of your data
Once you have your data migrated to a newer format, you can begin to manipulate it and get it into a format you can understand and manage. With that accomplishment under your belt, you can start to reap the benefits of a modern database.
Updating a website’s vital information En Masse
With a proper database in place, you can begin to manipulate your website’s content in a streamlined fashion. Having a database will allow you to take real time control of important parts of your website that need frequent attention. You will still be able to make minor adjustments and changes on a per page basis, but the power of a database comes in being able to make batch edits to your website’s vital content. You can create coded areas of the site that look to fill the information transmitted by the database rather than typing things in manually. So if you have a great volume of information you can make changes far faster. This will save hours of busy work, and allow you to free up the time of your employees or web team for other tasks. The return on investment for a Website Database project far out weight the daunting task of data migration or the up front formatting to get the ball rolling in the right direction.