During 2011, the BBC launched the fourth major version of their homepage: the first stage and the bellwether in a systemic rollout of their new online identity, a new look and feel for their portfolio of online services, and a full modernisation of their online technologies.
Sitting in the top fifty most-visited websites in the world, the BBC homepage serves as the gateway through which over nine million weekly visitors access this new and updated portfolio of services. Over the following year the new homepage was joined by releases of all-new versions of their News, Sport, and Weather platforms, all built on the same foundations and technologies.
At the time more than 15% of the website visitors were still using IE6, and a partnership between the BBC and Blackberry years earlier meant that there were tens of thousands of people accessing the page every day via the shortcut which had come pre-installed on the dashboard of their outdated, greyscale Blackberry mobile device. It is fair to say this presented a number of unique and complex challenges which are rarely faced outside websites of this scale.
This work went on be nominated – and win – the Design Museum Designs of the Year Digital Award 2012. The platforms continue to adapt, respond and grow as a gateway to the rest of the BBC's online services.
Since then I have been asked to develop and optimise several show-specific and commercial BBC Worldwide microsites, and maintain a close relationship with the Corporation.