Influential Weekly The New York Observer Migrates from Drupal to WordPress

Last week The New York Observer launched a redesign of Observer.com, and switched from Drupal to WordPress in the process.

The site’s redesign “focused on cleaner presentation that would accommodate more breaking news and higher volume posting”, says Elizabeth Spiers, the paper’s editor-in-chief. [via]

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National Broadband Map on WordPress

In February of this year the NTIA, in collaboration with the FCC, launched the National Broadband Map, an interactive website that allows users to view broadband availability across every neighborhood in the United States with the goal of encouraging local economic growth by facilitating the integration of broadband.

“The structure of the WordPress API allows us to develop much faster than any other CMS we’ve tried.”

—Ivan Djordjevic, National Broadband Map

They chose WordPress to power this colossal project for several reasons: they wanted a platform that could support +25 million data records without sacrificing performance and scalability; speed of development was a high priority; and they needed a flexible architecture to support their vast number of content types.

The project makes extensive use of Custom Post Types and core APIs, and is a great example of WordPress’s flexibility as a development platform.

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