Miami, FL, March 12, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Al Arabiya, the leading news channel in the Arab world, has implemented Magnolia CMS as the core of its new, multi-channel, online news and broadcasting platform. Magnolia is being used to speed the delivery of news to Al Arabiya’s growing online audience serving up to 70 million page views per month, with up to 20,000 concurrent visitors at any one time.
As the most visited news website in the Middle East, Al Arabiya has to withstand politically motivated hacking and denial of service attacks on a daily basis. Within this charged environment, a team of 40 full time journalists work to add around 200 new articles to the site every day. With security, stability and performance as essential requirements, the principle aim of the new CMS implementation was to enable faster article publishing: ensuring Al Arabiya gets news online first.
Al Arabiya is Magnolia’s second major broadcasting customer in the region, having already delivered the CMS infrastructure for the channel’s sister station MBC. With former CMS-Watch analyst Adriaan Bloem amongst the evaluation team, Al Arabiya looked at several specialist content management system (CMS) vendors including LifeRay and Polopoly. However, based on the experience of the MBC.net implementation, Al Arabiya finally opted to work with the Swiss systems integrator Tinext to implement a custom solution build on Magnolia CMS.
“If anything Magnolia should have been at a disadvantage, because we were comparing real world experience against the sales pitch from other vendors. The Al Arabiya site was also a more technically demanding implementation,” explains Bloem, who now works as the senior manager of online systems at MBC Group. “To build a the best possible solution, we knew we had to integrate different best-of-breed technologies together with Al Arabiya’s existing broadcast systems. This was where our experience of Magnolia’s openness won-out over anything the competition had to offer.”