All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
This was a different kind of site for WebZealot in that
it wasn't strictly a business site... Well, at least not
The 747SP.com website was originally founded in 1996 by
Swedish aviation photographer and enthusiast Tommy
Mogren, and was
entirely dedicated to the Boeing 747 variant known as the
"SP" or Special Performance version.
Well, much to Tommy's delight, the
website turned into a tremendous success! However,
with that success also came a lot of work. When
the site was first created, it was done entirely in
HTML. However, many of the websites aficionados
would send in photos and information to Tommy.
In order to include this information, he had to manually
reenter the information, build links, and republish the
site. This labor intensive method was okay for
awhile, but as the site began to pick up steam it became
increasingly burdensome. Sometimes he would be
deluged with dozens of emails or photos per day... And
keep in mind, he was also working a regular full-time
By 2003, the workload for what was supposed to be a fun
hobby had simply become overwhelming, and the website
was scaled back, and an announcement placed on the front
page that it was no longer being actively maintained.
WebZealot quickly saw that what this site needed was a
database solution. Working hand-in-hand with Tommy, WebZealot set about to create and design
a database backend, tied with an ASP capable web server,
that would end up automating many of the tasks that had
once been performed manually.
Tommy already had an extensive web design
background, so his pride of ownership came in the
overall look and feel of the site, while the
functionality was engineered by WebZealot.
WebZealot created a custom administration backend, so
now users can submit their information via web forms for
Tommy to review... Then with a
click of a button, the information is verified and
automatically added to the site. What once could
take five or ten minutes can now be accomplished in
Additionally, WebZealot developed photo uploading
functionality, so users could upload their 747
photographs. Tommy can then quickly and easily
check the photos for acceptability and quality, then
instantaneously add them, without the need to republish.
Because photos were entered into a database, they can be quickly and easily searched and
grouped by any number of different criteria.
Additionally, WebZealot added RSS feed technology to the
site, so as new information is added, it can
instantly be mass broadcast to all the sites users.
This assures many return visits to this site which now
features accurate and up-to-the-minute data and
site has seen an astounding increase in traffic, and is
highly regarded by aviation enthusiasts around the
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