A website from the grave to the spotlight.
Munro Entertainment has released the final version of the recovered Frightnight Comedy Theatre website!
As a part of the partnership between Frightnight and Munro entertainment, we took on the not-so-easy job of recovering Frightnight Comedy Theatre Restaurant’s lost wordpress website. Employing various techniques, a html render of the home page from 2015 was acquired and that’s where the fun really began.
Frightnight is Sydney’s premier comedy theatre. Now showing at Wests Tennis Club, Leumeah. A perfect place for Birthdays, Hens & Bucks Nights, Company Nights & More!*
At this point we split our efforts and started to work on the domain name as well. The original domain – frightnight.com.au – had been snapped up by a questionable online shoe retailer (really, we don’t know either) forcing our hand to register a temporary domain name – fright-night.com.au – while we worked on evicting the shoe store.
After a week of tweaking and adding new back-end files the first public version of the reclaimed website went live. It was a very basic adaptation of the original site, missing some pages and proper site-wide css styling, but it was a good proof of concept so both companies decided to complete the venture over the next two months, with the majority of their time devoted to the 2017 soft-relaunch of the show.
With an average monthly new session count of 650 and a spike to 870 new sessions in october… the website got a good workout too.
Advertising provided by Google was also implemented half-way through the venture, providing a means to finance the website’s monthly server and bandwidth costs. With an average monthly new session count of 650 and a spike to 870 new sessions in october, there is now almost enough return to cover expenses and the website got a good workout too.
The original domain was successfully recovered after 2 months – with many thanks to AUda – and added alongside the temporary domain name so both URL’s would display the same pages. The final version of the website was completed a week later and submitted for testing. It sees the site retaining most of its original features and graphics, with some being updated for a more practical and user-friendly experience.
The final website release went live at 3AM Tuesday November 7th 2017.
*Source: Frightnight – Sydney’s Premier Comedy Theatre Experience
**Source: Google Analytics