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MILITARY.COM BREAKS FREE OF TECHNICAL DEBT

Home-grown user platform? No problem.

With 32 million users, Military.com made their own cookie-based "Shadow Login" system to minimize performance impact. User accounts are used to access gated content, like promotional offers and career-related content. We seamlessly integrated with their system, preserving existing cookies, so that logged-in readers wouldn't even notice when the new site launched. No logging back in. No change in registration forms. No lost bookmarked content. Smooth sailing.

Two ad servers? You got it.

Military.com was in the midst of transitioning from one ad platform, Open Ad Stream to a new one, AppNexus. This change-over was a massive shift planned over the course of a year for Military's parent organization, Monster Worldwide. Military.com needed to be ready to make the switchover at the drop of a hat. So the site we built was developed to integrate with both, with an easy toggleable interface for them to make the switch when the time came.

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Personalization for better ux

This project was our first chance to work with Acquia's Personalization Engine, Acquia Lift. But we didn't just integrate with Lift, we worked with Acquia's engineers to pass custom user information into Lift from the Military.com user management system. This allows Military.com to show more relevant articles to their readers based on their branch of service, their status in the military and other characteristics.

React.js comments

This project presented a unique opportunity for Military.com to break free of Disqus. We engineered a light-weight Javascript commenting solution using React. It's now a free project available to anyone on Drupal.org. A snappy, modern interface. Moderation and blacklisting. Threading. Open source. What more could you want?

On-brand Java apps

Military.com has a whole ecosystem of homespun Java apps for their users, like forums, job applications and more. These apps use a Java templating system called Thymeleaf to remain consistently on-brand with the main website. We created an easier way to position, edit and permission Thymeleaf templates via Drupal's ECK entities. And we migrated all the old ones for them.

...and so much more

There's a lot more that went into this project, and we'd be happy to chat more about it if you reach out. A short list includes assets served from Amazon Cloud Front CDN, templates for IBM Newsletters, integration with Adobe Analytics & DMP, importing news items from NewsCred, and enhanced search functionality through Google Search Appliance.

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