Conversations With Bill Kristol

Custom WordPress Website Design And Development With A Custom Engineered Video and Podcast Publishing System

Conversations with Bill Kristol features in-depth, thought provoking discussions with leading thinkers and figures in American public life. The show is an initiative of The Foundation for Constitutional Government, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to supporting the serious study of politics and political philosophy, with particular attention to the Constitutional character of American government and the founding of the United States.

Zeek has worked with Andy Zwick and The Foundation for Constitutional Government on several projects in the past, and was thrilled to partner with them once again to design and build the site for a brand new show with Bill Kristol that integrates video, audio, and podcasting.

Key Features

PROGRAMMING: The website was developed in PHP, JavaScript, and MySQL with WordPress. It includes a custom video management portal, podcast audio management portal, and automations to streamline workflow and save the client production time.

CMS: WordPress is an open-source, user-friendly content management system that allows The Foundation for Constitutional Government team to manage the website and all of its content, media, and transcripts without needing to edit code or engage a developer.

VIDEO MANAGEMENT: Zeek built a custom video management system that not only displays each video interview in full, but automatically breaks the video up into individual chapters, allowing viewers to quickly skip to the part of the interview they are most interested in.

PODCAST MANAGEMENT: Each video interview is also published as a podcast episode, which meant a custom podcast management system was also needed—one that could handle viral episodes without negatively impacting performance and hosting requirements. To accomplish this, Zeek built an automated podcast publishing workflow that takes the uploaded audio file, adds it to Amazon S3 for storage, and pushes it to iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

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