Categories : All, Case Study, Social Networks
The site is a comprehensive social networking portal with an exclusive focus on bringing together people interested in fitness, slimming and body toning.
The site allows registered users to locate other registered users with similar fitness-related goals, helping them to cooperatively achieve their goals together through sharing of experiences and knowledge.
The site provides extensive options for users to create an accurate profile and manage friends lists based on different criteria like diet, fitness, activity, gender etc.
In order to facilitate the sharing of tips, exercise modules, diet information etc. the site offers arange of conveniences such as photo uploading, mail, blogs and fitness forums, among others.
The site provides users a numerous options to safeguard their privacy and the security of the content they upload.
The site provides easy navigation with high browser compatibility to ensure access for users of all experience
|Operating System & Server Management||Red Hat Linux OS, Multi-Server Architecture with Staging & Production Environment through Version Controlling releases, Server Optimization, Security & SSL Implementation, Scheduler for Back-ups, Alert Monitoring System Integration, Server Performance Tuning at regular intervals, Software Firewall Configuration & Maintenance|
|Development Tools & Environments||PHP5+, Apache Web Server, AJAX, Java Script, HTML5, CSS3 etc.|
|Database||MYSQL Database Server, DB Clustering, DB Optimization, Master Slave Replication, Query Optimization, Scheduler for Backups|
|Quality Assurance Testers||2|
The online networking characteristic of the website called for the design approach to be built around PHP and MySQL Server. Modules like User Profiles, Invitations, Forums and Blogs were developed in PHP such that they can be executed directly from the UI layer. These PHP files consisted of all the business logics used for respective modules like Save (Add/Update), Delete, Get Single Object, Get Multiple Objects for Listing and were designed to be capable of handling many more logics which were not related to the database. In order to most effectively access the database in an object-oriented context, an interface translating the object logic to the relational logic was used to communicate with the relational databases in an object-oriented manner.
An intermediary abstraction layer was created for accessing data from the database. Stored procedures were used only for complex retrieval of data from multiple tables and were entirely avoided with conditional syntax to ensure smooth performance of the website. The UI layer was kept free of any business logic with images, applications and data being called from their respective servers. Sub-domains were used for the different areas of the website to guarantee scalability.
The site was equipped with a robust architecture to offer centralized access for numerous fitness monitoring statistics such as calorie counter, recipes and blogs under one roof. An extensive database of statistics and graphs was incorporated to provide systematic weight loss tracking details. Customizable viewing options were designed to enhance user experience and allow for extensive personalization of the site. Extensive pre-development research was carried out to make the entire database compatible with USDA food standards. SEO activities performed ensured high visibility for the site over the internet. Web usability guidelines were strictly followed during development and the interface was made easily navigable through the judicious use of AJAX, CSS and HTML controls. The site was developed and fully functional within a span of 5 months.