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Zagat.com

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Why does this website deserve to win?: 
The relaunch of the Zagat website moved the iconic restaurant reviewer community from .NET to Drupal 6. Updates included a vastly improved search interface, enhanced user-generated content, and substantial performance improvements based on peer benchmarks. Technical highlights include:
  • Dynamic, interactive charting via a custom jQuery plugin based on the Raphael JS drawing library.
  • Rich user-generated content and profiles.
  • High-performance architecture and content delivery methods.
  • Endeca integration via JSON-based web services and the Drupal Feeds module.
  • AJAX-based search results pagination.
Architecture and theming were led by Treehouse Agency. Site development was an integrated effort between Treehouse and the internal Zagat team. Design was created by The Wonderfactory and the internal Zagat team.
Website Launch Date: 
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Owner's name: 
Zagat Survey
Development Company: 
Treehouse Agency
Based in the NYC metro area and Washington D.C. with team members throughout the country, Phase2 Technology provides its Drupal clients with high-performance websites and multisite systems, team mentoring, and insights into development best practices. Phase2 Technology team members are active members of the Drupal community, contributing and/or maintaining dozens of modules, regularly submitting issues and patches, and frequently leading sessions at conferences, meetups, and camps.