[Linux-aus] Linux Australia Website

Damien Bezborodow damien at uts.net.au
Fri Nov 17 09:02:03 UTC 2006

I have a solid year's experience with Drupal and I must say that its a
horrible system to work with. Its biggest drawbacks in 4.6 that I
encounter every day are:

- Lack of native GUI editor
- Lack of object orientated design (especially cumbersome when building
- Pathetic theme system

Granted, the hooks system is easy to use for simple tasks.

I've been playing with Plone recently. Have you considered using it?

Typo3 would be next on my list, but it's very complex, cumbersome and
rather fusty. Apparently good for very large sites.

James Purser wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-11-16 at 17:27 +1100, Neill Cox wrote:
>> I'll also put my hand up.
>> Can offer HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python (and Zope/Plone if it  
>> turns out to be relevant).
>> May be able to convince my wife to help on the graphic design side of  
>> things, although she's a bit snowed under with assignments at the  
>> moment.
>> Cheers,
>> Neill
> Thanks for the offer Neill.
> Okay to add some further detail to what I am envisioning.
> The site needs to be simple to manage. This means simple to manage from
> a non techie point of view.
> Secondly it needs to be extendable. We need to be able to extend the
> functionality of the site for any special requirements.
> Thirdly it needs to be supportable. By this I mean that if/when there is
> changing of the guard the new people aren't presented with some archaic
> codebase and the knowledge and documentation is up to scratch.
> Those are my criteria for selecting the method for building the site.
> Comments are welcome.
> Now to what the site has to actually offer:
> - Member_db integration: Any site we develop is going to need to
> integrate seemlessly with Stewarts member_db system. This will include
> look and feel as well as functionality.
> - LA News Feed: As with the current site, we need to be able to keep
> members informed via RSS and on site news.
> - LA Press Feed: Media mentions of Linux Australia and events/issues
> affecting LA membership.
> - LA Store: This is a new item. Part of the discussion at the Face to
> Face was various methods of raising funds for LA outside of
> linux.conf.au. The LA Store would enable LA to sell merchandise and
> better handle donations. Integration with the main site would be best.
> - Jobs Database: As with the current site, we need to be able to offer
> an area where jobs can be posted for viewing. As I understand it, this
> is done via a mailing list/page generator magical thing.
> - LA Monthly news letter: Something new and not a necessity but a nice
> to have. This would give people the opportunity to submit articles and
> tutorials on various FOSS services and packages.
> - LA Media: As some of you may remember I started a media sub ctte a
> little while ago. This hasn't done much lately. However there is a
> wealth of video and audio from various LUGs around the country that
> could be shared across the various groups. Whether this gets integrated
> with the main site, or gets its own site is open to debate.
> Well thats my thoughts. As always I am interested in hearing what
> everyone has to say, so please comment, comment, comment.

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