AGSV is one of the leading school sporting associations in Victoria with over 10,000 students competing in weekly sporting competitions. AGSV engaged Digital Thing to design and develop a new website that would serve as an information hub for schools, students, parents and other members of the community involved or interested in school sport. The website needed to be fast and responsive in order to handle massive traffic spikes on sports days (Fridays and Saturdays), and easy for AGSV staff to manage and update. Digital Thing built a custom WordPress website with an integrated digital scoreboard platform that significantly increased traffic and performed extremely well under high-traffic loads and user activity.
The AGSV website was redeveloped by Digital Thing with a custom-built responsive theme using WordPress. One of the key additions to the website was an integrated digital scoreboard platform to display fixtures and results of school sports competitions across Victoria. The custom Scoreboard Digital API Integration allowed users to view scores and statistics in real time along with historical match results and statistics. Digital Thing also developed training videos to support the internal team with managing the website and ensuring information could be updated quickly.
The new website was designed to be mobile-first, reflecting an audience that is on the move over the weekend and in search of information and results on their personal devices. Digital Thing also developed the AGSV site to handle large traffic spikes over the weekend as matches are being played.
Digital Thing rolled out the new AGSV website to a surge in traffic as users took advantage of the enhanced user experience and availability of real time fixtures, results and statistics. The Scoreboard Digital API Integration was a major success, greatly reducing the workload of staff to upload and manage results, which had previously been a manual process of uploading information one sport at a time.
Site performance was exceptional, easily handling the traffic spikes on Fridays and Saturdays and achieving GTmetrix “A Grade” page speed for its fast loading times and well structured framework. Feedback from users and internal teams was overwhelmingly positive and Digital Thing continues to work closely with AGSV to optimise their digital platforms and user experience.
“We have found our experience working with Chris and his team at Digital Thing to be welcoming, friendly and very professional. Their work is high quality and they always go the extra mile with customer service and support. Any questions or requests are answered promptly and courteously. It was a pleasure working with Digital Thing through every stage of developing our website.”