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The closure of SitesPlus

19th February 2020

For over a decade, Cosmic has maintained and managed the content management system SitesPlus. SitesPlus is a 'do it yourself' website building platform that allowed small businesses and individuals to set up a simple website for a low, recurring fee.

Unfortunately, the availability of this system is coming to an end and will be closing very shortly.

SitesPlus is closing because the technology behind it is no longer be supported - this is due to security of surrounding technology overtaking this older system. Additionally, the templates used on SitesPlus are not responsive (mobile friendly), therefore resulting in a less than satisfactory user experience for those on mobile phones and tablets.

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A new look for 2020

Cosmic are happy to offer all existing SitesPlus customers our brand new replacement offering.

One of the fundamental issues with the original SitesPlus offering was that it was a proprietary system (also known as closed source). We have now created a brand new, modern website template using the open source CMS WordPress. This is the most used content management system in the world, and is therefore very well supported throughout the industry. The new template offering is responsive and is built with modern design standards in mind. Our replacement service includes the changing of brand colours and logos, as well as the transfer of content from the old SitesPlus website to the new.

This replacement service is the lowest tier offer we have for getting a website online and is best for simple website requirements.

How to move forward

All SitesPlus customers have been notified about the changes they would need to make for us to transfer their website over to the new offering. We will help our customers as much as we can to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.

As a social enterprise, we are trying to ensure clients recognise the choice of website provision and are highlighting that our replacement offer is not the only choice. There are many other options out there - these vary from DIY website builders like Wix, Weebly and Squarespace all the way to bespoke design and development from other agencies like Cosmic.

If you have any questions about the closure of SitesPlus, please get in contact with us. We'd be more than happy to answer any questions. You can email us on web@cosmic.org.uk or give us a call on 0330 088 3005.