Application Development

Drupal Case Study: GSN - Achieve's First Drupal 7 Launch

Achieve Internet

Game Show Network & Drupal 7

The Game Show Network (www.gsn.com) had the season premier of the seventh season of their television show High Stakes Poker on Saturday, February 26. http://tv.gsn.com/shows/highstakespoker/ Achieve Internet is proud to participate in the premier by building a brand-new website to support the show. Game Show Network worked with an agency to design the site, and Achieve Internet implemented it  –  if you can call 5 days from comps to website an implementation. We called it a Bull Run!

 














This is the first Game Show Network TV show site to be built in Drupal, joining their corporate site. In addition to standard functionality, the site includes custom integration with a third-party system for playing and featuring Flash video. The integration pulls JSON feeds of data to populate a jQuery slider that displays on the home page while also providing a page for the full Flash player to play episodes. In addition to video, the site has blog posts, provides commenting and social networking features, and in the near future, will provide player biographies.
 
With loads of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries, performance is always at the top of Achieve Internet’s client must-have lists.  We understand the typical peaks and valleys associated with things like TV season premieres, national marketing campaigns, and world news coverage of events. The High Stakes Poker site is optimized so that when there are spikes, the site will handle the load gracefully, through the use of several caching techniques that are proven to improve performance. We prefer not to deploy sites the night before a big premier; however, with deployment being another strong suit of Achieve Internet, we were confident in getting the site deployed and stable on time.

 














This is Achieve Internet’s first Drupal 7 launch – though not the first we started. We enjoyed digging into Drupal 7 and we think it is a nice improvement over Drupal 6. We found most Drupal 7 modules are usable and have just small “gotchas.” We did discover some glitches in nearly every Drupal 7 module we’ve used, including highly-used modules and themes such as Views, Features, and Fusion.
 
As a result of our work on High Stakes Poker and the mad dash to launch a new site in Drupal 7, we became a co-maintainer of the WordFilter module, which replaces words on a website with other words. The module hadn’t been fully ported over to Drupal 7, so Achieve Internet jumped in, became a co-maintainer, and released a stable Drupal 7 version of the module.
 
This is only our first (released) foray into Drupal 7, and we like what we see. We’re looking forward to doing much more. With multiple Drupal 7 projects in the wings, Achieve Internet hopes to keep pushing Drupal forward and is excited about what the future holds. 
 

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