Softwire develops CMS for BBC’s Festival Coverage
16 May 2012, by Chris Harris
This week sees the launch of the first of many BBC microsites to be created using the Content Management System (CMS) we developed for music festival coverage – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend.
The BBC develops dedicated microsites for the major music festivals it covers. These sites provide lots of useful information: practical advice on how to get there; live coverage; profiles of the acts performing; and tips on who to watch. They also contain a large amount of audio and video content and, in many cases, offer live multiscreen viewing.
To date, these microsites have been built on a constantly improving template. The BBC wanted to commission a CMS that would radically reduce the amount of effort and time needed to get a new event site up and running. Softwire were very proud – and excited – to be selected to develop this CMS, in collaboration with our design partner Picture.
These live event sites are extremely popular, with usage spikes in the region of 100 requests per second. You can read about how we met this and other challenges involved in this project in our case study. In the meantime, enjoy the festivals and we hope you find the websites useful!