SciencePoles

Jérôme Coupé

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http://www.sciencepoles.org

The site and its processes

The project was my first foray into long for content for the web. The site is esentially an online niche magasine about polar science, which means long articles and interviews and a strong focus on readability and ease of use.

I did my best to come up with a nice typographic styleguide and built a proportional responsive grid system in Sass to ensure consistency throughout the site.

Findability was also important, with several ways to access the content. On top of a classical paginaton interface, I also built an extensive archive page sporting a proeminent category system.

I also workied closely with our lead journalist to make the control panel fit his needs in the best way possible.

Add-ons and EE special sauce

The site uses a lot of the classical PixelandTonic add-ons (Wygwam, Matrix, Playa), mainly because their usability is second to none. I also made good use of Low Variables for the odd bits of content not fitting into channels and for global configuration options, where its ability to create early parsed global variables really shines.

SciencePoles is built extensively around Stash, which helped me improve the performance and implement robust and efficient caching. Cache breaking rules are managed with Mustash. I also have to thank Mark Croxton for Switchee and Ifelse.

Next up for this project: build a more powerful search engine using Low Search as soon as I get the time and budget.