The Guardian (opens in new tab) is a UK newspaper but is keen to expand its international audience through digital innovation. Over the last few years it's been at the forefront of the transformation from old to new media, with its website becoming one of the top five newspaper websites in the world. And now the media company has given its mobile website a responsive web design. Want to design your own site? Try our list of the best website builders.
A major technical plank of the redesign is 'swimlaning'; the process of structuring a web application in such a way that if one part of it fails, the rest of the app carries on as normal - decoupling unrelated parts so that they can be released and updated independently.
The development team used Scala (opens in new tab) framework Play (opens in new tab) to power the new website, citing the flexibility and power of Scala over its internal predecessor, Java. Using the Guardian's own Open Platform (opens in new tab) Content API meant that they'll never have to write a database query - all the code communicates with the API to receive its data.
Try it out by heading to m.guardian.co.uk (opens in new tab) - or users accessing guardian.co.uk (opens in new tab) on mobile phones and tablets up to 7in will automatically be redirected to the mobile optimised site. And for more details on the build, check out this article and interview (opens in new tab) on our sister site netmagazine.com.
- Technical details courtesy of Matt Andrews (opens in new tab)' Guardian Developer Blog (opens in new tab)
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