The Fastest Website in the North - NDR Website

As a large and dynamic broadcasting corporation, NDR needs an agile and extremely high-performance CMS, which they have realized with Sophora.

NDR website
Nordddeutscher Rundfunk publishes the NDR website using the Sophora content management system

With our CMS, we offer a scalable system for the administration of dozen of websites and hundreds of thousands of documents, allowing more than 100 editors to work simultaneously, perfect for a demanding client like the NDR.    

And the NDR lost no time or productivity during installation and staff training.

Sophora is extremely user-friendly and learning the system is quick. The web pages of TV shows such as Landpartie, NDR Talkshow, Kulturjournal, Extra or Nordmagazin could be efficiently maintained thanks to short training periods.

A comprehensive broadcaster like the NDR needs to publish via several channels. This complex task is easy for Sophora. Publishing on various media such as intranet, mobile phones, RSS, teletext and podcasts is a key feature of the CMS.

subshell developed Sophora in 2006 upon our request and therefore it was developed to directly suit our needs. The system is easy to use for our editors and, due to its inherent flexibility, was smoothly integrated into our existing infrastructure.
— Niels Rasmussen, NDR, Director of Online and Multimedia Programming

It is important to the NDR that the layouting of individual areas is editable at high speed and that they have a barrier-free website. These challenges are not a problem for Sophora. Thanks to the structured programming of our Sophora libraries, NDR’s webmasters are able to set-up their websites quickly and easily and are able to establish a direct link to the TV software infrastructure.

Usage Stats NDR Online

Usage Stats NDR Online. Source: NDR.
 Page Impressions in MillionsVisits in Millions

Internal Sophora Usage

Internal Sophora Usage at NDR. February 2020. Numbers rounded. Sophora Primary Server only. Source: subshell.
Sophora Primary ServerStats
Sophora Users> 2000
Documents in the Sophora Repository> 3 Million
Monthly API calls103 Million


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About NDR

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) is a public radio and television broadcaster, based in Hamburg, Germany. In addition to the city-state of Hamburg, NDR transmits for the German states of Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein. NDR is a member of the ARD consortium.

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