Oprah.com Message Boards

Fagan was first a contract front-end web developer, then a full-time employee of Oprah.com, Oprah Winfrey’s official website. She was promoted to manager of web development and worked for Ms. Winfrey for a total of five years.

Oprah.com message board

Oprah.com message board

Background

Oprah Winfrey had a very large active fan base around the world. The Oprah.com message boards were an important part of the fan community. They were in need of a redesign and code update.

Challenge

The message boards were written in a proprietary code. At the time, no one on Oprah.com staff had the skills to work on them. No one knew what could or could not be done with the user interface.

Solution

Fagan learned the code and went on to code, debug, and maintain the message boards. They continued to be a vital part of Oprah.com as well as a fantastic forum for user feedback on Oprah.com interface designs.

Oprah.com Custom Self-Tests

Fagan was first a contract front-end web developer, then a full-time employee of Oprah.com, Oprah Winfrey’s official website. She was promoted to manager of web development and worked for Ms. Winfrey for a total of five years.


Quiz on Oprah.com

Quiz on Oprah.com

Background

User responses to Oprah.com quizzes, polls, surveys, and self-tests were very positive. They were a good way to gauge interest in possible show topics. The Oprah.com team wanted to expand their use on the website.

Challenge

Interactive elements required knowledge of databases, Perl, and GCI. The developer needed to code each element according to the desired result.

Result

Fagan customized all sorts of self-tests, polls, surveys, and quizzes. Their use on Oprah.com proliferated.

Oprah.com O at Home Landing

Fagan was first a contract front-end web developer, then a full-time employee of Oprah.com, Oprah Winfrey’s official website. She was promoted to manager of web development and worked for Ms. Winfrey for a total of five years.


O at Home Landing Page

Background

Fagan worked at Oprah.com during a time of incredible growth. The site grew from a small Web 1.0 static site to a 35,000-page, multifunctional adjunct to The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Challenge

The show producers drove the content of Oprah.com and wanted the freedom to use unique layouts when they wished. For this reason, Oprah.com was not templated and had to be hand-coded.

Solution

Fagan was part of a four-person team that architected the site and wrote front-end code on a daily basis in an extremely fast-paced environment with highly exacting standards.

Oprah.com Videos

Fagan was first a contract front-end web developer, then a full-time employee of Oprah.com, Oprah Winfrey’s official website. She was promoted to manager of web development and worked for Ms. Winfrey for a total of five years.


TOWS video on Oprah.com

TOWS video on Oprah.com

Background

Ms. Winfrey’s show producers wanted to expand the use of video on Oprah.com. Video players had been coded as pop-ups in default Windows Media and Real player skins. The producers wanted embedded videos with custom skins.

Challenge

The Web design team needed to develop the players, which also needed to detect browsers and connection speeds. The team was stretched thin with a very heavy workload.

OATS video on Oprah.com

OATS video on Oprah.com

Result

Fagan architected and developed two sets of embedded Windows Media and Real players—one for The Oprah Winfrey Show (TOWS), one for Oprah After the Show (OATS). The players enabled content that went beyond even Ms. Winfrey’s expectations.

Oprah.com Slideshow

Fagan was first a contract front-end web developer, then a full-time employee of Oprah.com, Oprah Winfrey’s official website. She was promoted to manager of web development and worked for Ms. Winfrey for a total of five years.


Oprah.com slideshow

Background

Following each taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Oprah.com team put together an accompanying portfolio of pages on Oprah.com. The Web team worked closely with show producers and the legal team.

Challenge

The Oprah.com team created 10, 20, or more pages of new content, images, graphics, videos, and other interactive elements for each show. Turnaround times were sometimes less than 24 hours.

Result

On a daily basis, Fagan architected and coded pages with content, video players, scripts, and other front-end elements.

D.B., Q.A. Specialist, Oprah.com

Recommendation“Elizabeth is a thoughtful manager who pays close attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture. She is respectful of her colleagues and recognizes their strengths and unique talents, thereby helping each individual reach their full potential. This in turn makes entire teams more productive and effective. Elizabeth leads by example, managing projects with efficiency, intellect and grace. She is a pleasure to work with and for and would be a valuable asset to any company!”

J.S., Manager, Oprah.com

Recommendation“Elizabeth Fagan worked under my direct supervision at Oprah.com. …She was a valuable asset to the team in a period of amazing change and growth, in very high pressure and demanding situations. Through all of the ups and downs Elizabeth remained focused and committed with a can-do attitude as we tackled new initiative after new initiative, with few resources and even less time to execute.”

—J.S., Manager, Harpo Studios Oprah.com, Chicago, IL