Chicago Kids

Chicago Kids is a trusted online resource for parents that provides a calendar of events, deals and activity guides for families and children.

Custom Content Management System

The Challenge
High-traffic site needs a way to manage content and data
Chicago Kids is a leading online parent resource for everything related to children’s activities in Chicago.

Our challenge was to rethink and build a new site that could handle 100,000 unique visitors a month, as well as all the data associated with a blog and busy event calendar. Our main task was to find a better way to handle information so that users could go through resources and events in an easy, intuitive way.

Chicago Kids also needed a system to manage featured resources based on paid advertisements.
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The Solution
Custom, feature-rich content management system
By using technologies like ASP.NET, MVC 4 and SQL Server 2012, we were able to build a complete, custom content management system. The web application allows Chicago Kids staff to manage all of the website’s content, such as Events, Resources and Contests, in one central location. Now the team at ChicagoKids.com are able to filter, search and post data, including social links that allow users to share findings on their social channels.

We also built a feature that allows website visitors to submit their own events and add reviews for other parents to read. The featured resources task was addressed by giving the admin full control on sponsored links.

These days, ChicagoKids.com still enjoys a top position in the local market, with consistent top-ranking search engine placement and a continually expanding audience.
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User Interface Redesign
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Admin Area Improvements
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Chicago Kids is a leading online parent resource for everything related to children’s activities in Chicago. Now, Chicago Kids' staff has the ability to manage all of the website’s content, such as events, resources, and contests in one central location.
TECHNOLOGIES USED
ASP.net
SQL
Bootstrap
HTML