In November, 2014 Weather.com launched on Drupal and became one of the highest trafficked websites in the world to launch on an open-source content management system (CMS). Mediacurrent and Acquia are excited to provide a blog post series that will share insight around how Weather.com was migrated to Drupal. Our team of experts will share best practices and what lessons we learned during the project.
In earlier blogs we touched on how developers on the Weather.com project simplified content delivery by creating a customized suite of modules called Presentation Framework. Today, we'll get into how Presentation Framework works with its truly original use of widgets.
First, let's talk about those widgets. When you look at Weather.com page on your desktop, you'll see your location, such as San Francisco or Austin, at the top of the page and a menu on the left. The forecast is in the middle, and there may be an ad on the right side. Each one of those information packets is delivered by a separate widget. Presentation Framework gives developers full access to the widgets used to assemble the actual page as well as the widgets that replace tokens inside the body of each article. These widgets are so versatile because they are reusable, exportable, independent and versioned, giving developers full control over the final page presentation.
The Presentation Framework gives Weather.com the flexibility to build responsive pages on the fly. Its widgets can display a YouTube video for a desktop user, an image with a link to the video for a mobile user, and just text with links to web services feeds on other kinds of devices. “Write once, use anywhere” is one of the long-standing content management dreams that Drupal has made possible.
Migrating Weather.com To Drupal: Improved Page Load Times | Mediacurrent Blog Post
Migrating Weather.com To Drupal: Increased Content Portability | Mediacurrent Blog Post
The Weather Channel | Mediacurrent Case Study