Emily Bell

This summer, the guardian.co.uk site (formerly known as Guardian Unlimited) will present a new face to the world. The multimillion pound redesign started back in November 2006, with the overhaul of the Travel section, and many readers wondered why they had to wait so long for all sections to fall in line. After all, the mix of old and new can be confusing and inevitably leads to small glitches.

“It took about 18 months of actual site releases because it’s a rebuild as well,” explains Emily Bell, director of digital content for Guardian News and Media. “We’re rebuilding the whole platform in Java and every single bit of content is migrating from the old CMS to the new one. We thought that getting an off-the-shelf solution wouldn’t give us the right amount of flexibility and scalability in the future. It’s very frustrating for users, and for some of the staff, because you live in this halfway'between world.”

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