Last November, Weather.com migrated to Drupal and became one of the highest trafficked websites in the world to launch on an open-source content management system. Today, we're proud to announce that Mediacurrent has been recognized with an Acquia 2015 Partner Site of the Year Award for our work on Weather.com.
The award honors outstanding visual design, functionality, integration and overall customer experience and reflects an outstanding effort from the Mediacurrent team.
This year’s winners exemplify what can be done with great technology, beautiful design, and a customer-first mindset...Ultimately, it came down to a hair-splitting exercise to determine which sites serve their audience’s needs in the most effective, seamless way possible.
-Scott Liewehr, CEO and Co-Founder of Digital Clarity Group
The Weather Channel's Journey to Drupal
The Weather Channel (TWC) teamed up with Mediacurrent in 2012 to begin the process of a full migration from their previous content management system to Drupal.
By taking the time to understand the requirements and the impact of every decision, Mediacurrent planned a resilient architecture, allowing both parties to quickly respond to changing business needs without major disruptions. Our goals were to help TWC adopt an open-source solution and ensure that the new website also had drastically improved page load times and reduced infrastructure requirements.
Mediacurrent's team rose to the challenge, creating 30 completely custom modules, 120+ custom features and custom code on the final web platform. In a recent blog series, Senior Drupal Developer Matt Davis detailed Mediacurrent's approach to architecting a custom "presentation framework" for TWC and shared how we increased content portability, improved page load times, and created flexible widgets across multiple devices.
Weather.com now serves millions of pages to more than 100 million people each month. Weather’s move to Drupal shows how complex, content-rich sites benefit from an open, agile platform to deliver an amazing experience for every site visitor.
-Dries Buytaert, Acquia CTO and Drupal project creator
After migrating to Drupal, Weather.com saw major improvements in the following areas:
- Increased feature velocity and scalability to support 100M unique visitors monthly
- Significantly reduced cost of ownership: Prior to Drupal, which has no licensing fees, support for TWC's incumbent platform totaled $1,000,000 per year.
- Streamlined editorial process by 175%
- Improved cache efficiency from 50% pre-launch to 96.3% post-launch, with an increase to 99.6% 3 weeks post-launch
For an in depth look at Weather.com's Drupal migration, check out our case study on Drupal.org.