GoudenGidsDivisie.nl

For one and a half week now, GoudenGidsDivisie.nl is online. Our last Sitecore 4 production which has start in November 2005.
LECTRIC’ Team Sitecore Lead Engineer Patrick, has decided to use Sitecore 4 because because of proven stability with big, advanced sites. Next to it, content isn’t managed in an active way, it will be collected using a feed from another site. Yeah Ruben, we know, this will cause penalties in Google!

Well know, describing the site:
What is/does/contains the site?
GoudenGidsDivisie.nl is a site of the second football league in the Netherland. The site does contain information about teams, player, games, seasons, subseasons, sponsors, topscorers, and, and, and… Inbitial the site is designed for IE and Moz, both are stgill supported altough Moz does not render everything the way it should be.

How do you collect this huge amount data?
Well that the nicest part of the full website. The Window Service which is running on the database server. It does read variabel feeds continiously. The feeds are provided by Voetbal International. We store the colected data in a SQL-Server database. Sometimes we join a little or have written some intelligent Stored Procedures, but most of the time VI has already given us the process-data :).

Uhmm, so you actually don’t use Sitecore?
Definitelly wrong! We needed a basis to place all the 300+ layouts in ;). Therefor we used Sitecore in a different way then we did before. Sitecore is in the GGD-website, the red-line.
For example, look at this url:
http://www.goudengidsdivisie.nl/clubs/club/team.aspx?cid=464
90% of this all is handled by Sitecore. But you have to connect to a database, so sometimes you’ve to use the QueryString. This could be resolved by creating a dataprovider for Sitecore. But that would be a bit overkill and very complex for the amount of data stored inside the database.
You definitelly should look at the Breadcrumb in the link above. In one word brilliant :).

Allright, it looks good, I suppose you have made this website, Alex?
Uhmm.. well.. uhm.. thank you for the compliment, butt uhmmm… Well to be honnest. I’m affected in the whole process but 75% of the site is created by Patrick and Alfred, two of my collegues. I’m responsible for the Windows Service(Patrick has also written some of the ‘FeedProcessors’) and the general Sitecore structure(the way of creating controls, building pages, etc, most templates and masters are amde by Patrick/Alfred).
Another collegue who deserves a compliment is Wouter. Wouter didn’t write anything in Sitecore before, so we gave him a cool job to start. Wouter did create the Poll-module(with a little help ;)). Used his hand to fine-tune a lot and was responsible for most of the testing of the site.
Hans and Leonne were responsible for the customer-contact and internal project management.

Altough it can be improved a lot, I’m really proud of this site. In the near future, we’re going to expand the Windows Service and the website-functionality.

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