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Chattanooga Times Free Press

episode49 continues to enforce a higher standard of excellence in web design.

In the mid-summer of 2007, the Chattanooga Times Free Press hired episode49 to do a needs and performance analysis on timesfreepress.com after experiencing multiple problems from developments implemented by other vendors and developers over the years that began to plague the newspaper's website. The results of the 45 page analysis showed that potential future growth was impossible and would likely fail under the current platform.

As a result of the challenges outlined in the web analysis, a partnership emerged between episode49 and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Timeliness would play big factor in the implementation of a completely new website platform, as well as, overcoming the learning curve of a new system (Django) in record time.

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. It was developed and used for over two years by a fast-moving online-news operation, and was designed to handle the challenges of the intensive deadlines of a newsroom.

"While new to Django and the Ellington online publishing system, we were able to use our experience with systems integration to produce effective results," said Ken Smith, managing partner of episode49. "In fact, only just a few days after launching the new Times Free Press website, it broke all records for single day traffic without interruption. That was a credit to both episode49 and the Times Free Press online team."