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Outside Magazine

How we increased readership and improved workflow.

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The Challenge

Outside Online, the digital presence for the popular Outside magazine, was looking to provide a more unique user experience for their most popular section of the site, the Gear Channel.

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The Solution

Rebuilding the architecture of Outside’s Gear section allowed editors to easily reference existing content and rollout new revisions. In addition, a new responsive design was implemented by leveraging and minimally extending existing Sass/CSS components.

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The Results

Following the launch of the new Gear Channel, page views rose 34% year over year, and “time on page” rose from 36 seconds to 1 minute 12 seconds!

34%

Page view increase

100%

Time on page increase

Bonus Points

We also introduced workflow best practices within Outside’s internal team and solved some infrastructure challenges they were facing.

In the end, our work created a more streamlined editorial experience for Outside’s editors, more consistent code deployments for their developers and a more beautiful user experience for Outside’s audience.

Technical Details

  • Automated deployments with Jenkins and GitHub Webhooks
  • Automated code standard enforcement using PHP_CS and Travis CI.
  • Automated database synchronizations from production to stage environments.
  • Performance monitoring and audit capability using New Relic and MySQL slow query log.

I can't recommend Chromatic's work highly enough, to new and established Drupal sites alike.

— Todd Hodgson Site Director, Outside Magazine