We're always excited to see new projects being built on OpenPublish, so we were thrilled to see Bio.org when it launched yesterday. BIO.org was built by Blen Corp, which is also the team behind Data.Ed.gov. I took a moment to catch up with Mike Endale to get his thoughts on the project and using OpenPublish.
Q: Who is the main audience for BIO.org, and how are visitors be using the site?
A: There are three audiences that BIO.org will be catering to: Academia, Entrepreneurs and Law Makers. The site will be the hub for the organization's outreach and resource efforts.
Q: What were the factors that you considered in choosing a publishing platform to build on for this site?
A: The site had over 14 years of mixed-media content and the organization plans to generate a higher volume of content in the next 5-years.
Q: Tell us a little bit about the customizations you developed for your client's OpenPublish site, like the carousel at the top for featuring content, and the "connect" bar giving readers quick links to useful information.
A: We've customized OpenPublish in a number of ways. We've added openly available modules such as the Rotor module, customized mega menu functionality built on top of Nice Menu module, social media aggregator and ones that we've developed for migrations, custom css, etc.
Q: Is there anything you're hoping to see in OpenPublish in the future?
A: We found the OpenPublish distro to be a very well built.
Q: What has been the response so far to the new site?
A: The site has been very well received. We are currently working on several data visualization tools to add breadth to the already content-rich site.
Q: Any advice for others building their sites in OpenPublish?
A: OpenPublish is very flexible and cuts development time for publishing platform-type sites by a great deal. You owe it to yourself to download it and give it a run.
Just in case you are interested in taking OpenPublish for a test drive, be sure to check out Karen's post last week on the upcoming launch of OpenPublish 3.0.