Steve Rydz

2014 in review: *

I joined MetaBroadcast in July, and since then I’ve done a lot of work on our front facing sites. Here’s an overview of what I’ve been up to.

One of the first things I did was make this site responsive. People access the web on a range of devices, all with different screen sizes, so it’s important for a site to meet them wherever they are.

There have also been various other changes to the site, such as re-arranging the content, adding our #MetaBeerTalks mailing list, and some visual enhancements such as the changing background image.

I also rebuilt the jobs section of the site using the LinkedIn API, as they deprecated their ‘Apply Now’ button earlier this year.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time working on the site for our flagship product, Atlas.

There’s been a fair amount of cleanup behind the scenes. We’ve removed libraries that were no longer in use, and updated the ones that were. There’s also been new content added to the site, for example the logos of the clients we’ve been working with.

Fullscreen widget

Probably the most significant change was incorporating our widgets onto the site. The first was a schedule widget which was straightforward to implement as it was something we already offered. The second was a now/next widget, which transforms from a carousel to a fullscreen grid, cycling through programmes that have just started or are about to start.

Most recently I spent some time working on the site for another one of our products, Voila.

The work I did here was similar to the work I did on the Atlas site, e.g. updating libraries, content, and adding widgets – although this time the widgets were provided by Dan.

next year

There’s no doubt that there will be plenty more to do on these sites throughout 2015. The Atlas site has a new API explorer on the way, which will help people get familiar with the next major atlas release.

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