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Aug 19

Featvre

Featvre provides the largest independently curated selection of documentaries, reports and non-fiction content pieces. The categories range from politics to current events and culture. Featvre has a diverse content selection which they pull from over 30 media centers world wide.

Due to rapid content updates they needed a reliable, efficient toolset to back their site. Premium site performance, the ability to handle peak loads, continuous deployment and pre-rendering were must-haves.

See what challenges they faced and why they chose Netlify for their site below with a word from the co-founder.

Tools & Frameworks:

  • Grunt
  • Angular
  • SASS
  • MailChimp
  • Firebase
  • Lucene
  • MySQL inhouse CMS
  • GitHub
  • Serverless
  • Webstorm

Netlify Features used:

  • Versioning
  • Rollbacks
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Git Integration
  • Cached Dependencies
  • Password Protection
  • Redirect
  • Rewrite
  • Proxy Rules
  • Prerendering
  • Client-side Routing Support
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Featvre

Heiko Haenler, Leo Kuzmanovic, Mara Haenler, Henning Sprang, Sven Darsow, David Block

Featvre provides the largest independently curated selection of documentaries, reports and non-fiction content pieces. The categories range from politics to current events and culture. Featvre has a diverse content selection which they pull from over 30 media centers world wide.

Due to rapid content updates they needed a reliable, efficient toolset to back their site. Premium site performance, the ability to handle peak loads, continuous deployment and pre-rendering were must-haves.

See what challenges they faced and why they chose Netlify for their site below with a word from the co-founder.

A few words with Dirk from October First GmbH...

Could you tell us about your project?
Netlify
We live at a time that is dominated by fake news, climate change, and massive disruption of the social and economic fabric that are remains from the 20th century. People are searching for the truth, reliable information, and education to cope with the tremendous changes in their lives. FEATVRE wants to be one of the key sources and platforms for that. We aim to become the ultimate destination for premium, non-fictional content (e.g. documentaries, reports & concerts ) in the Internet, where users can always discover and explore excellent and extraordinary streaming content customised to their unique special interests and likings. We are developing FEATVRE extremely agile. We deploy frequently new versions and love Netlify’s Github integration and pre-rendering support. We started out with a prototype in 2016, have built the core features, and are now growing our user base rapidly. Therefore, site performance, peak loads, continuous deployments and pre-rendering (for solid support for SEO, SEA and social sharing) are critical requirements for our development and production environment. We will soon dive into personalization and recommendation which will require very robust security in particular for our databases (hosted at AWS and Google right now). We are also in the process to develop a version of our site that you easily be localized.
Dirk Bartels Co-founder and Co-creator
Why did you choose Netlify?
Netlify
We used to deploy our site at Firebase together with our database. We had tremendous issues there in particular with pre-rendering, but also with a lack of good integration of build and deployment tools and environments such as Git and Grunt. Netlify solved all of our issues. We love how well it is integrated and also how transparent it works. In comparison, Firebase was a closed black box with some APIs for the developer, but very little support to understand or modify the deployment. Firebase was a great prototyping platform and it is still our database platform, we would have loved to have Netlify all the way from prototyping to a scalable production.
Dirk Bartels Co-founder and Co-creator
What is your favorite thing about the platform?
Netlify
It works, the Netlify support staff is great and very responsive, it is state-of-the-art when it comes to supporting the build and tool chain, and last but not least, the various packages give us a good feeling that we will be well supported as a small start up as well as when our business continues to grow and needs more scale. Keep up the great work!
Dirk Bartels Co-founder and Co-creator

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