News site in Movable Type

Problem / Goal
Skyscanner needed a reliable and scalable solution for writing, publishing, translating and managing industry news and articles. In addition the product needed to be robust, easy to use and appropriately themed to accommodate the Skyscanner look & feel. Additionally it was supposed to be available in a subset of the languages offered by the main website.
Solution

Popular and widely acclaimed at the time, Movable Type was selected as the way to go. Most important was its relative ease of use compared to the number of features it provided. After the deployment was complete, the engine was tested both by copywriters with various level of computer experience and full-time testers. This was done in order to verify that the system would satisfy the various needs that users with different knowledge and preferences may have.

After confirming that all needs are satisfied, the developers started working on a theme that matched Skyscanner’s style. The search controls section, where the user can specify departure and arrival airports along with dates and passengers, was rebuilt into a widget that could easily be added to new and existing, local and remote sites without worrying about changes in style or layout. This simple solution proved to be so elegant and easy to use that it was later used across the entire Skyscanner site.

The theme needed to be language-aware and display all texts in different languages based on user choice, as well as offer a fallback mechanism for non-supported languages.

Results
The process of writing, translating, reviewing and publishing multi-language, rich-media articles was vastly improved and streamlined. This allowed Skyscanner to not only comment on industry news quickly and with a high degree of quality, but also become the source of news and change in the flight search market.

Team

Wit Więch
Co-founder and CEO
Tomasz Marcinek
Co-founder and Software Architect