Notching up over 200 years in the news industry, Times Media – which publishes The Times and The Sunday Times – has achieved longevity through quality content and continuous innovation. As well as being one of the first publishers to launch a paywall, it’s heavily invested in multiple digital channels to reach its growing online audience, which today is four times bigger than its print readership.
As a subsidiary of News UK, which is owned by News Corp, it has also followed the lead of its publishing stablemates by moving away from a proprietary CMS and embracing open source software. Thanks to a headless WordPress CMS built by Big Bite, journalists across The Times and The Sunday Times now save clicks, time and resources when creating news and features, and they can fully utilise NewsPress – News Corp’s custom publishing tool which is also powered by the WordPress platform.
The publisher’s transition from an in-house to open source solution has been hugely successful, and now you can hear about the journey directly from Luke Sikkema, Newsroom Product Editor at The Times. Speaking at the BigWP event in London earlier this year, Luke gave an insightful overview (with an engaging TV show theme) of how and why Times Media made the move, and the presentation has now been shared online by WordPress VIP, who we collaborated with throughout the project.
How Times Media Leverages WordPress for Inspirational Storytelling | BigWP London 2023
If you’re ready to explore the advantages of moving to an open source CMS, get in touch today to find out how Big Bite can help.