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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

A website for the International Men's hockey tournament, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup initially set up in 2008. The tournament is under the patronage of the Sultan Azlan Shah who is one of the nine Kings of Malaysia. The quality of the site needed to reflect this royal patronage.

There are many elements to be considered here.

The site needed to be run by someone in Malaysia who knew nothing about Joomla administration. After logging in, virtually all site administration tasks were front end driven. The Malaysian media officer was trained in using the site via email in 1 day and actually ran the site from an iPad, probably making the site the first ever sports tournament site in the world to be updated this way.

The site needed to carry the results of the matches and the league table in real time. A free component was used to do that.

A live commentary solution needed to be implemented and Twitter was used to provide this with the Twitter feed being updated on the site every two minutes. This solution had the added advantage that people could follow the games on their smartphone while away from a computer. Updating Twitter was done from the tournament website. The component was free. This feature was very nearly the undoing of the site as the amount of traffic it generated crashed the shared server twice. A dedicated server was bought to solve this problem.

The site needed to carry the official match reports in PDF format as well as raw statistics of the tournament. A free document management system was used.

Match reports needed to be published with integrated pictures and what the media was saying about the tournament also needed to be carried. Past Winners, Team lists, Technical officials and a commentary archive needed to be presented. This was all an integral part of Joomla.

Media releases needed to be sent out via email to over 100 journalists. This is a backend function so not readily visible. A subscribe to the Media releases function can be added. This was achieved using a free component.

A photo gallery needed to implemented to show the action from the tournament on a daily basis. A free component with integrated slide show was used for this function.

The site attracts up to 30 000 visitors per day while the tournament is in progress.

Set up time - 2 days (includes adding static data)

Cost - £600 + £790 for the dedicated server (this is an annual cost)

View site: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup website