Docu Media had already implemented kommunalmagazin.ch with Thunder. The work done at that time was to be used as well as possible for baublatt.ch. MD Systems analyzed the existing code including the frontend implementation and decided together with the Docu Media team what could be used further and what should be improved.
Afterwards, the two teams worked on various additional features, but in constant exchange. Docu Media's project management team prepared the requirements and discussed them with MD Systems to define the technical implementation. As a result, MD Systems was able to focus on implementation after the bi-weekly sprint meetings. We developed various features such as
- Paywall including user administration and synchronization with internal CRM
- Newsletter / Mailchimp integration
- Transfer of all articles and events while covering the old URLs
- Conversion of old (HTML-) special solutions to Paragraphs for images / galleries / etc.
- PDF archive
- Job market
- Agenda improvements
In order to have the new website extensively tested by the editors before going live, the beta release was already carried out in October. This enabled the editors to create the content on the new, unpublished portal and thus learn how to use the new system. Through feedback on unclear workflows or missing functions, improvements could be implemented even before the golive.
Two weeks before golive, the portal was functionally frozen and no new features were added. This allowed to maximize the quality of the implementation until the golive with last improvements. By this approach only last migration updates were necessary for going live and the DNS had to be changed. The Docu Media Team was able to perform the golive independently and with almost none interruption.
Again, Thunder has proven to be the optimal choice. Equipped with the latest Drupal functionalities, many hand-picked publisher-oriented modules, and an environment where new features can be easily added, Thunder offers a stable foundation and plenty of room for individual wishes. Due to the high degree of standardization, the platform remains efficiently maintainable despite strong customization, which significantly optimizes the total cost of ownership.