TWiT.tv is an online podcast (or “netcast”) network, founded by technology journalist Leo Laporte. TWiT.tv began broadcasting in 2005 with the launch of This Week in Tech and has since expanded to over twenty-two distinct podcasts and live streaming broadcasts. With nearly a decade of award-winning content and a large subscriber base to manage, TWiT needed a new way to reach their audience—because a network devoted to tech news deserves a great interaction experience on tech devices.
The TWiT.tv Netcast Network was looking for a fresh way to distribute content using the latest frontend technologies. Four Kitchens delivered by moving TWiT’s ten years of videos and podcasts into a RESTful API and refreshing their website to present content in a mobile-friendly format.
Putting RSS to REST
For content distribution, Four Kitchens replaced the reliable-but-inflexible RSS feeds TWiT was using with a Drupal-powered RESTful content API. The new API provides a more powerful interface for the TWiT community to build out apps.
Decoupling from Drupal
Using the new API, Four Kitchens built the first of many TWiT content apps, relaunching TWiT.tv as a Node.js website which pulls all of its content from the same source that any third-party app will use. Using Redis to cache responses from Node.js to the Drupal API allows the site to handle a large volume of traffic, especially during their peak Livestream hours.
My deepest thanks to our Four Kitchens designers and engineers. The whole Four Kitchens team worked miracles.
Four Kitchens launched the TWiT.tv website in 2013.
- information architecture
- content strategy
- Drupal development
- custom REST API
- content migration
- Drupal 7
In Previous News
- TWiT.tv Launches Content API and Headless Drupal Site, by Matthew Grill
- Introducing Saucier, a node.js framework derived from our work on TWiT.tv, by Patrick Coffey
- “REST Easy,” a series on developing with the REST and RESTful modules on Drupal
- Content as a Service: What to Know About Decoupled CMS, webinar with Pantheon
- Four Kitchens Presents: The Future of the CMS, webinar
- API Design: The Musical, session presented at DrupalCon LA 2015
- About the new TWiT.tv
- TWiT Developer Program and API