WordPress as a CMS: Tips and Tricks from eMusic

March 19, 2013

eMusic started transitioning to WordPress as their web front-end in 2011. Like most enterprise sites, they had outgrown their closed-source CMS and were looking for ways to speed up development and empower their editorial team. They decided to convert their Java back-end to Java-based Web Services, and their front-end to PHP, using WordPress for publishing, merchandising, web configuration, and service consumption. The site now boasts one of the best implementations of “WordPress as a CMS” and scales to many millions of page views a month.

Scott Taylor led eMusic through this transition. eMusic is music discovery service, previously subscription-only, which enables its subscribers to discover and purchase music at a discounted rate. Its recently-launched “A la Carte” service allows visitors to download albums and track without a subscription. eMusic has been around since 1998 and was one of the first services to champion the MP3 format and DRM-free downloading.

Scott’s presentation will be a walk-through/case-study of eMusic’s WordPress implementation, and he’ll also share some tricks of the trade for managing many custom post types, regionalizing content, and easily integrating with services like AWS.

Scott’s presentation is up on SlideShare >

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