Base website runs on a combination of Windows server and PHP (Drupal)

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Dec 4, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Base website runs on a combination of

Windows server and PHP (Drupal)

When the Base website was being completely renewed,
KPN Group Belgium decided to launch it on a new

system. Now www.base.be is being technically managed
and hosted by IT partner Fleximus, which succeeded in
perfectly combining the open source management

system Drupal and the open source development code
PHP with Microsoft IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008


a
very unusual combination, especially for such an
extensive website. Base’s new website attracts as many
as 750,000 unique visitors per month and has already
shown that it can deal with 80 million hits per month.


Ultimately, KPN Group Belgium aims to have all its

websites hosted at Fleximus. This centralization means
that communication will be more efficient and KPN
Group Belgium will be able to capitalize even faster on
new products, services and trends


not just with Base
but also with its other brands and websites. This is

certainly very important in the highly competitive

telecom sector.

country: Belgium

sector: telecom



profile

Base is the fastest growing mobile operator and
Internet provider in Belgium. Base distributes its
products and services through its 59 Base shops, 69
ALLO telecom sales outlets and more than 800
dealers, located throughout the country. The

operator has 2 million customers and is one of the
brands of KPN Group Belgium.



challenge

The website is an essential communication tool for
Base. It is a very dynamic site, which has to appeal
to the


mostly young


visitors. The website must
remain stable, even when there are a large number
of visitors.

tel +32 (0)16 499 464

luc.robijns@fleximus.com



solution

Base’s new website is being managed in the open
source system Drupal and PHP, and runs on IIS 7 on
Windows Server 2008. This unusual but extremely
stable combination was proposed and worked out
by partner Fleximus.



advantages



Stable



Flexible



Time to market



Image



Strengthens competitive position



software&services

Servers


Windows Server 2008


Developer Tools


Windows


Desktop Applications


Business Solutions



Online Services


Microsoft Services


IIS 7


Microsoft Technologies



Microsoft Security






In October 2009 Base launched a new website. This

attracts as many as 750,000 unique visitors per month. The
website is being technically managed and hosted by IT
partner Fleximus, which succeeded in perfectly combining
the open source management system Drupal and the open
source development code PHP with Microsoft IIS 7 on
Windows Server 2008


a very unusual combination,

especially for such an extensive website.


“The project became real when we wanted to completely
renew the base.be site,” says Stefan Vlassenroot, IT

Manager of KPN Group Belgium. “Renewing the websites
of KPN Group Belgium is far from exceptional. In fact, the
Base site is reworked almost every year. It also has to be a
dynamic website, where we can constantly offer new
promotions and product formulas. With the new Base
website we integrated the product range for the general
public and companies, whereas before there were two
separate sites.”


Technological base completely contracted out

For the new Base website, KPN Group Belgium looked for
an IT partner to whom it could contract out the complete
technical platform. They decided on Fleximus, which has
strict SLAs for guaranteeing that everything will keep
running. “We chose to work together with Fleximus
because they offered the best combination of flexibility,
cost, quality and services,” says Stefan Vlassenroot. “They
respond very quickly whenever we want to make any
technical

modifications. This is very important because we have to
be able to react quickly in a market that is as competitive
and as rapidly evolving as ours. Now that the Base website
is completely contracted out and running at one site, it
gives us a base on which we can develop further. The

centralization also makes the management much simpler
and more streamlined than previously, when the
responsibility for the various components of the website
was still divided between different staff and service
providers.”


Combination of Microsoft and open source

KPN Group Belgium itself proposed the idea that it wanted
to work with open source technology Drupal and PHP as
the management system and development language.
Fleximus decided to combine Drupal and PHP with IIS 7 on
Windows Server 2008. “The servers on which the Base
website runs are extremely critical,” explains David Evers,
Managing Director of Fleximus. “They absolutely
cannot go down because that would damage Base’s
image.

Besides availability, speed was also crucial. The
website has to deal with a very large number of hits,
for instance during online campaigns. We thought
that Microsoft technology was the best option for
meeting these requirements. The website could also
have run on Linux


more obvious for combining
with Drupal and PHP


but we consciously opted for
the benefits that Microsoft IIS offers in the areas of
availability, management and support. The platform
is now suitable for integrating with any new
technology. The Microsoft platform is easy to
combine with most standard technologies, whereas
this is much less evident with Linux.”


The decision to opt for Microsoft technology also
offers other benefits. “Our organization is
standardized on Microsoft technology,” says Stefan

Vlassenroot. “We use Active Directory and Exchange
2007 among other things and our intranet is based
on SharePoint. If in the future there is scope for even
more integration, then this can further boost our
efficiency. Additionally, Base is focusing very
strongly on young people and they are also much
more familiar with Microsoft than with Linux.”



Centralization of all websites

The Base website is just the first step in the
centralization of all the websites of KPN Group
Belgium. The telecom group has tens of websites,
which also used to be the responsibility of a lot of
different

people. If anyone left the company, this could cause
problems and the fragmentation was also far from
ideal for the communication and coordination.
“That’s why ultimately we want to centralize all our
websites,” explains Stefan Vlassenroot. “Fleximus will
then be our sole hosting partner. Of course, it’s not
the intention to transfer all the websites, but from
now on we will call on them for each new or
renewed website. In this way, the centralization will
happen gradually and without technical or financial
obstacles.”


The new Base website is at any rate a success. In

November the site received no less than 80 million
hits. “This proves the stability,” says Stefan

Vlassenroot. “Base is integrating a lot of campaigns
into the website, and after every campaign we
immediately see the number of hits increasing. For
us, a dynamic content is very important because this
also attracts visitors. So the website is an essential
communication tool. Thanks to the new technology
and the centralization at Fleximus, we can now react
Stefan Vlassenroot: “Whenever a new product or new service becomes available, we can get a new or

modified website online very quickly.”

much faster, both internally and externally. Whenever a
new product or new service becomes available, we can get
a new or modified website online very quickly. Fleximus
registers the website and ensures that it is up and running
instantly. The centralization of all the websites means that
we can work in a more uniform way and the IT department
acts as the sole point of contact, which means that things
work much more efficiently.”

for more information


For more information about the Microsoft products
and services described, call
+32 (0)2 503 31 13
or
visit http://www.microsoft.be/cases. There you will
find other companies that use similar applications.


For more information about Fleximus, call

+32 (0)16 499 464 or visit www.fleximus.com


For more information about Base, visit www.base.be

“The website has to deal with a very large
number of hits, for instance during online
campaigns.”

David Evers