Since I joined City A.M., we’ve been gradually migrating away from Drupal 7 to a fully bespoke CMS built on Laravel. We had planned to do this anyway, but we accelerated parts of the migration as we hit issues that we were unable to solve. Here’s a summary of the main ones.
On 15th March 2016, we released a brand new look for cityam.com. In this post I’ll be digging into the what and why of the redesign.
When I joined City AM, one of the first things I experienced was the post editor. It did the job, but it was not particularly quick or intuitive to use. We had to add new fields in a predefined way – and doing so usually added extra work for the content team. Plus, there were a number of tasks that had to be done outside the system – such as finding and resizing images from Getty.
I knew we needed to take a radical approach and consider scrapping the existing post editor.
Note: This is a backdated post, originally published in March 2015.
Since joining City AM in June 2014, we’ve introduced a series of gradual changes to the site layout.
The main changes can be grouped into a few areas:
- a new header
- a tiled layout
- getting the homepage and category pages to match
- a refreshed sidebar with compelling content and greater variety
Barring a few tweaks, the theme has stayed roughly the same.
What did we change, and why did we make those changes?[Read more…] about City AM: Homepage/Category redesign