Django is an open-source Python-based framework for backend web application development. It is a toolkit with all the components required for application development. Django is an easy-to-use, reliable, and scalable web application framework that is well-maintained and widely used industry-wide.
Django web framework helps to create highly scalable web applications and websites. Let's have a look at a few popular websites built using Django.
Instagram is the world's largest deployment of the Django web framework, built entirely on Python. Even though Instagram is primarily used through a mobile app, it still is one of the top 10 most visited website.
As per reports, more than 1 billion people use Instagram on a monthly basis with 30 mins per/day being the average time spent by a user on this platform. Web Service Efficiency is one of the important reasons developers at Instagram choose Django & Python to scale and maximise the platform.
Spotify is one of the leading music streaming services, which has over 271 million subscribers worldwide. It uses Python and Django for Backend Web Development. Spotify says “Speed is a big focus for Spotify. Python fits well into this mindset, as it gets us big wins in speed of development. Python has a habit of turning up in other random places, as most of our developers are happy programming in it.” Python is used mainly at two main areas; Backend services and Data analysis. Spotify is reported to have around 356 million monthly active users, including 158 million premium subscribers (March 2021).
Read more > https://engineering.atspotify.com/2013/03/20/how-we-use-python-at-spotify/
Being one of the most popular video entertainment websites and the world's second largest search engine and second most visited site, there is a need of continuous improvement. YouTube uses Django as it takes less time to implement new features and upgrades making it one of the easiest and popular frameworks to work with. YouTube has a API wrapper app for Django that helps to upload, display, delete, update videos from Youtube.
The hugely popular online news site, The Washington Post, is built using Django. It is one of the most visited sites during morning peak hours. It recorded 86.6 million unique visitors in March 2019. To be scalable and handle the amounts of data generated by their daily audience, The Washington Post with other newspaper sites such as The Guardian and The New York Times use Django.
Bitbucket, a web-based Git Solution, is written in Python using the Django framework. In 2019, Bitbucket had around 10 million registered users. With 17 million requests and 6 million repositories in a year, it is one of the most heavily loaded Django-based web applications. As per Djangostars “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”.
Dropbox, one of the most popular file storage and sharing services, uses Django for backend application development and client desktop software. With the help of Django, developers had an opportunity to add the user history option, synchronize an account across different devices, and, most importantly, add the file sharing option. The leading cloud file hosting service has 700 million registered users and generates $1.91 billion in annual revenue.
National Geographic has been one of the most popular magazine series focused on delivering content on science, culture, and history. Django has eased the development of this data-driven, complex websites. National Geographic uses a Django web application, to collect geographic structured observations across a large area. They have also used Django to build a custom CMS to manage the content on their website, from images to advertisements to modules.
Mozilla, one of the popular browsers, is built on Python and Django. Django also powers the Mozilla support website and its add-ons. It uses Python and Django for managing high traffic and improving efficiency. This global nonprofit you can credit with the creation of the popular Firefox browser which can tackle large amounts of traffic and API hits efficiently.
Pinterest is an image sharing and social media service designed to enable saving and discovery of information on the internet using images and other small animated GIFs and videos. With Django, it ensures excellent performance and the ability to scale effectively while retaining performance, allowing Pinteresters to follow each other and share boards and pins. Django’s open-source capacity means Pinterest can modify the framework for its needs.
Uber, one of the 2 biggest rideshare driver networks uses Python for their API’s, calculations, and business logic. Python can handle tons of data and perform complex calculations like accurate driver ETA’s. Lesser know facts, there are more than 75 million active Uber riders across the world. It is available in more than 80 countries worldwide and has completed more than 5 billion rides. Over 3 million people drive for Uber.
If you are looking to create and design your website using Django, check “Designing Microservices using Django” book. To know more about the latest releases in Django, check the Django documentation contents page.