SOURCE: Sitecore

Sitecore

January 13, 2010 10:11 ET

Women's Professional Soccer Turns Web Goal Into Reality With Sitecore's Web CMS

Websites Offer Fans a Way to Stay on Top of the Action With Rich Images, Video, Live Game Streaming, and Dynamic Content

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Sitecore, the leading provider of .NET Web Content Management System (CMS) software, announced today that Women's Professional Soccer has implemented Sitecore's Web CMS to build a new Web platform that will soon support nine team websites and provide fans with a more interactive online experience.

Women's Professional Soccer is the highest level women's professional soccer league in North America and consists of nine teams across the country. The main challenge for the league was selecting a single content management system that could support both the league and teams' website requirements. The teams needed autonomy in developing and managing their own content but with some control by the league to maintain brand consistency and similar functionality across all websites.

Additionally, with the large amount of content required for many of the site pages, the site needed an information architecture and front-end design framework that could support content requirements that include rich images, video, live game streaming, and up-to-date stats.

"We wanted a new CMS that was more robust and would better organize content and streamline the flow of putting content into the system and publishing it out," said Karyn Lush, Head of New Media, Women's Professional Soccer. "Sitecore has allowed us to do just that."

The user experience and design framework developed by Sitecore partner, Cypress Consulting, allows the league to provide a unique look and feel for each team, while adhering to brand standards across all sites. With the addition of custom components developed by Cypress, the new Web platform is more efficient, with each team owning their respective website. The design allows the teams to access a shared set of components that the league could centrally manage, edit and add.

According to Nate Thompson, President and CEO, Cypress Consulting, "Women's Professional Soccer sites use several third party systems that serve different parts of the site. Sitecore provides a flexible .NET framework that allowed us to tie everything together seamlessly. Our expertise with Sitecore allowed us to quickly and efficiently implement it as the core CMS platform for both the league and each of its teams."

About Women's Professional Soccer

Headquartered in San Francisco, Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) is the world's premier soccer league for women with nine teams across the United States featuring the best players from around the world. WPS completed its inaugural season in August 2009 as Sky Blue FC of New Jersey became the first-ever WPS Champions. In 2009, WPS consisted of seven teams each playing 20-game schedules from March-August including the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), Los Angeles Sol, Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY) and Washington Freedom. For 2010, expansion teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence will bring the league to nine teams with the WPS opening weekend scheduled for April 10-11, 2010. For more information, visit the League's official website at www.womensprosoccer.com or follow all the news at www.twitter.com/womensprosoccer.

About Sitecore

Sitecore's Web Content Management System (CMS) and portal software solutions enable companies to deliver compelling Web experiences. Sitecore's award-winning CMS software makes it easy for businesses to create and update dynamic, full-featured websites of all types. Sitecore's industry leading flexibility and scalability allows companies to better leverage their content, improve customer experience and drive business growth.

Thousands of public and private organizations, including national governments and Fortune 500 companies utilize Sitecore solutions for their websites. These organizations have created and now manage more than 23,000 dynamic websites with Sitecore including Computer Associates, Costco, ISS, Lloyds of London, Microsoft, Omni Hotels, Sara Lee, Siemens, Thomas Cook and Toshiba.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:

    Kim Pegnato for Sitecore
    781-620-1729
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    Rob Penner for Women's Professional Soccer
    415-553-4469
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    Nate Thompson for Cypress Consulting
    206-281-8240
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