November 23rd, 2009
The Open Magazine is a new current affairs/entertainment weekly magazine available on magazine stands in India. The magazine was launched in the first quarter of 2009.
The publisher of Open Magazine, Open Media Pvt. Ltd. wanted a web presence for its magazine. It selected Srijan Technologies, a content management specialist company based out of New Delhi, India to construct the website. Srijan’s responsibility was to build the website from scratch and host it. Site design was done by Itu Chaudhuri Design.
Srijan Technologies used Drupal 6. Development took place over a period of approximately 4 months and the Open website was released to the public in July 2009.
Currently the website shows all the content that appears in the print version of the magazine online for free. The website also contains some exclusive web content that is not present in the print version. The website is substantially updated once a week though web exclusive content is updated more frequently to keep the site “fresh.”
The purpose of this case study is to introduce all significant (mostly technical) aspects of the website from Srijan’s perspective. Feedback and comments are requested.