that are managed 'in-house'
1 platform, 2 websites
We built 1 platform with 2 separate websites: one for Br(ik and one for the Walloon counterpart PLE. This ensured a Dutch and a French version could be created, each with their separate content for desktop and mobile applications. We used Drupal 8 for this, the ideal system for this type of platform approach. The approach was phased from design, build, testing and cool-down to the migration, content introduction and going live.
Focus on the search engine
Special attention was paid to (mobile) usability for students, student room landlords and Br(ik itself. Students mainly need a good search engine. They can enter their criteria and, therefore, only those student rooms are found that they are searching for without being overloaded by the extensive supply of rooms. Elasticsearch is the underlying search engine that makes all of this possible fast.
For Br(ik and the student room landlords it is important that they can appropriately manage the site and the supply of student rooms. This is possible even on mobile devices thanks to a useful content management system (CMS). For that matter, all data from the old student room finder was retained and transferred to the new model. A functional extra is that the site also provides an automatic and printable tenancy agreement between the landlord and the student.
Hosting & support
We began with the development in May 2016. The delivery had been planned for the beginning of the academic year in September 2016. The official launch actually took place in January after a few last-minute changes and a delay in the preview drill. Now everyone is served with 1 solution, that is, both the desktop user and the mobile surfer.
We will continue to be Br(ik's partner for another 3 years for hosting and support. We guarantee a helpdesk, maintenance and security updates.