We started working on ILOVEGR project at the end of the summer 2009 under a very tight schedule. You see, when you work for a TV Show there is an absolute deadline: THE LAUNCH DATE!
The first version of ilovegr.gr was built on WordPress and a custom video oriented theme, since the main content attraction was video clips from 100 destinations all over Greece. However, community participation and local interest were high in our priority and features list. This first web site also hosted a complex and demanding voting process, gathering TV Show viewers' votes for destinations sent through SMS, over the phone or on the Internet.
Later the same year, we deployed a totally redesigned final version of the web site based on Drupal. Each of the 100 selected destinations got its own home page gathering comments, friends, photographs and videos as well as a red heart spotting its position on the map.
Using Google maps for navigation, or our we-are-really-proud-of-it destinations drop down menu, the user can walk through destinations, read useful facts and information about them, dive into a large number of valuable user generated comments and rate a number of qualitative metrics such as hospitality, value for money, food and more.
Next steps for ILOVEGR include a final voting round for the TV Show as well as a number of new features for the web site, such as the ability to upload your own photographs or videos from your favorite places.