Not Invented Here syndrome (NIH) is the guilty pleasure that tempts engineering teams into creating bespoke approaches to problems that have already been solved. Even having your eyes opened to the temptation doesn’t immunize you from it. So, how do you know whether a bespoke solution warrants the effort or if it’s just plain hubris?
Prensa Libre, one of the most-circulated newspapers in Guatemala, recently approached Alley to assist with improving the experience of its editors when delivering the news to the nation. In the summer of 2018, a team headed south to Central America, held a kickoff with the Prensa Libre stakeholders, and soon began a migration off of a proprietary CMS system to WordPress (hosted by WordPress.com VIP). In January 2019, the new site was launched!
But this was no quotidian data migration. In addition to moving all of their existing content, we also gave them a number of new features that helped them use their editing interface like never before.
One of the tools they were most excited about was a new ability to integrate their digital and print editorial workflows. Our new backend allows them to ingest news wires from multiple sources, such as EFE, AFP, and BBC, turn them into articles for digital, and send them directly to the print editorial team and subsequently their print service, GN4. All of this takes place within WordPress, eliminating the need for separate systems. Content is also permanently tracked and linked throughout this process, allowing editors to work backwards or forwards, seeing where a piece came from and where it went.
The new Prensa Libre also allows for a new system of developing stories. The Ahora feed on their site pulls in a chronological feed of headlines and brief descriptions. Rather than just being ephemeral briefings, however, editors can turn any of these into a developing story – immediately creating and linking a landing page to consolidate news on this subject, and also allowing for links to individual reports and pieces of content.
Finally, we provided them with an easy interface for configuring new landing pages and features, whether for the home page, section pages, or tags. And, we helped them to create and configure campaigns in DFP for their Ad Layers integration, allowing for better and more efficient monetization of their site.
We look forward to seeing the future of Prensa Libre, and congratulate them on their launch!