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Echo is Dublin's only sold local newspaper in Dublin, covering Ballyfermot, Lucan, Templeogue, Saggart and the surrounding areas. It has a circulation of over 30,000 in Dublin.
Their previous website was built using the Joomla platform and had not been updated or modernised in some time. This outdated version of the Joomla content management system offered limited functionality, which restricted Echo in terms of content and scope. The frontend design also fell behind contemporary standards as a result.
Echo approached us to build an up-to-date Joomla-based solution and to transfer their database of older articles to the new system. They also wanted to centralise their subscription and online newspaper archive facilities, as well as streamline their advertisement submission process.
Realise4 developed a comprehensive solution using the Joomla platform. Our team successfully imported the old content, while implementing a set of tools designed to handle video uploads, cross-tagging, classifieds, business and job directories, and more. This included the integration of the K2 content management extension, which allows for optimal content customization. Additionally, Realise4 configured an advertisement management system. This would enable Echo to control their banner advertising and classifieds with ease.
The result is a modern, responsive website which boasts a sleek user experience in desktop, smartphone and table. The upgrade has also seen page views jump from 150,000 to 600,00 per month.