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10 Popular Websites Built With Django

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Published: Jan 14, 2016
Julia Korsun
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What is a Framework?

Regardless of the sphere you work in, one of your most important tasks is to create a fast, good-looking website. Today, almost every business needs a website, which acts as a sort of business card for a company or online service. It helps you engage with customers, promote your business, increase sales, and so on. In every case, the website should be fast, scalable, and dynamic.
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When creating a website, you typically need to work with roughly the same set of basic components: ways to manage user authorizations (account creation, login); a user dashboard; file downloading and uploading, etc. If the tasks are the same, why not make them easier, and thereby reduce the cost of development? With this in mind, web frameworks appeared on the scene as a set of components designed to facilitate and simplify website creation.

Django Advantages

Django is one of the most popular Python frameworks, which is confirmed, for instance, in the Python Developers Survey by JetBrains. However, when comparing frameworks, one should not forget that developers base their preferences not only on popularity, but primarily on the needs of their projects. For example, Django is suitable for multiple-page applications, while Flask is great for single-page applications.
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Django is a web framework intended to create highly scalable web applications or websites with a constantly growing audience (e.g., content-based or news sites). Django perfectly works as is and provides users with a range of options to create Python-based web-applications including a user dashboard, various database supports (SQLite, PostgresSQL, MySQL), admin functions, and more.

Of course, when choosing one or another framework, it’s useful to check what projects are already created with it. Speaking of popular websites built with Python’s Django, examples are listed below.

Famous Websites Using Django

Using the following list of websites built with Django, we will analyze the main benefits of implementing this framework. Consider the descriptions below not only as Django website examples but as inspiration for what you might apply in your own projects.

Disqus

One of the greatest projects made with Django. It allows you to implement comments and discussion options on your website, analyze audience activity and customize ad serving.
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Using the Django framework allowed the team not only to create the website quickly, but to keep scaling it for millions of new users. Although the Disqus tech stack now includes other frameworks as well, Django’s constantly growing community and many ready-to-implement options keep it one of the top choices.

Instagram

One of the most famous and fast-growing social networks, Instagram is another example of a website built with Python+Django. Why? Instagram processes enormous amounts of data and user interactions (likes, shares, etc.). With Django, the Instagram team can handle all of this, in addition to benefitting from ready-to-implement instruments that allow them to concentrate on UI and UX without having to think about the technology that makes them work.

Spotify

Just like iTunes, Spotify changed the way people listen to, share and purchase music. When using it, you can access your music library everywhere and on any device. The developers chose Django for two reasons:

  1. Fast backend.
  2. Machine learning options.

With Django, they got not only a full range of Python features but also made the most of it.
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YouTube

The website that clearly needs no introduction. It was First built with PHP, but rapid audience growth and the necessity to implement new features fast led the team join the Django community. And the choice was fully justified, as audience growth hasn’t stopped (luckily for them), and new features appear very often (luckily for us).

The Washington Post

It’s interesting to know that Django was initially created to support the content application for the Lawrence Journal-World. Today, this framework is used by newspaper websites like The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, and others. Django provides them with high scalability and handling of large amounts of data in the daily interaction with their audience.

BitBucket

Launched back in 2008, this cloud-based Git repository attracted millions of developers. With 17 million requests and 6 million repositories in a year, it is one of the most heavily loaded Django web apps.

The BitBucket team opted to use Django for several reasons. The first one is the thousands of developers in its community. The second reason, which we referred to earlier, is Django’s suite of ready-to-implement solutions. Thus, BitBucket can take what they need and spend more time thinking about how to make its product even better.
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DropBox

The most famous and popular cloud-based storage app for documents, video, graphics, and so on. You can access your files anywhere and from any device (when you are online, of course).

Python was used to make the backend and client desktop software. It allowed the team to come up with the product relatively quickly. Using Django, the developers had an opportunity to add the user history option, synchronize an account across different devices, and, most importantly, add the file sharing option.

Eventbrite

Another Django-based website is Eventbrite, a ticketing service and platform to manage events. In the early stages, the development team used Python and in-house frameworks. But then, the rapid user growth and the need to maintain intensive data exchange led to the transition to Django. Thanks to Django’s scalability, Eventbrite, like many other websites built with Python and Django, can adjust to any audience volume and provide users with new updates on a constant basis.

Pinterest

One of the most popular websites on Django. Thanks to this framework, Pinterest users can subscribe to other users and share their boards.
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Mozilla

Because Mozilla is a popular browser, the number of requests it has to handle goes up to hundreds of millions per month. Given the number of queries they receive over API, it’s easy to understand why the team decided to move from PHP+CakePHP to Python+Django. Now, the Mozilla support website and all the add-ons for their browser are powered by Django.

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Django-based websites: More to follow

Of course, the number of popular websites that can serve as Python+Django examples is far greater than 10. In addition to the ones from our list, pay your attention to the following resources:

  1. Prezi
  2. NASA Official Website
  3. National Geographic
  4. Quora
  5. The Onion

Django’s ability to reduce time and costs on product delivery can make its use efficient in startups and large companies alike. Here you may find more examples of successful projects made with Django. With the help of this framework, you can not only create a website, but also enrich it with new features and updates and scale it for a larger audience.

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