The site and its processes
Athlon media group is a publication company responsible for magazines like American Profile, Spry Living and Athlon Sports. The opportunity to work with such an important media group was a really great one. The project called for a redesign of the client side pages to make them more manageable but also a complete reworking of what turned out to be a terribly shoddy ExpressionEngine install. The response has been great so far. We’ve seen a huge amount of our web traffic coming from their footer link in the months since the relaunch.
Add-ons and EE special sauce
This was an EE rescue. When we got this site Structure was installed and Categories were in use, but the previous developer had used a SQL to generate side navigation (#fail). There were other items that meant the client was unable to truly manage the site.
So we took all of their entries for 8-9 different but similar channels and combined them into 1. We then capitalized on the categories and used them to drive the side navigation.
We updated EE and updated the design of the site and relaunched it for them. They were never down. We worked it out so their live site was only down for a little bit while we uploaded their files.
We also gave them the ability to filter the categories based on member group. So members in group y only have access to categories a & b. Members in group z have access to c & b and so on.
This site was really an undertaking but we are super stoked with the end result