A few days ago, I launched a live case study where I created a 300,000 page site. One curious reader emailed me and referred to it as a “megasite.” She saw the value in creating these massive sites and was very interested in creating her own megasite. So, let’s discuss this concept further.
In my recent case study, I was able to create 300,000 page site (upon launch) by leveraging an API. In this article, we will explore another method of creating a value-added megasite. We will leverage publicly available datasets, instead.
First thing’s first. What is a dataset? With some help from Wikipedia, a dataset is defined as a collection of data, usually presented in a table. Each column represents a particular attribute. Each row corresponds to a given entry of the dataset. For instance, if we have dataset on cars, the columns can be “model,” “make,” “color,” “year,” and “license.” Then, an example of a row entry could take on the values “Accord,” “Honda,” “White,” “2009,” “TMWSW23.” [...]