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GRASS Web Site planning

The current GRASS web site appear a bit overloaded and unmodern (since it has been kindly handcrafted with vim since 1998, of course following some evolution from plain HTML to HTML/PHP with RSS integrated). The question is:

  • go Content Management System (CMS)?
  • or stick with static pages?

To keep in mind:

  • traditionally low number of contributors (hey, this could be better with a CMS)
  • mirror sites want to copy/clone the site without more efforts than using rsync (i.e., static copy)
  • the new layout should be modern, fresh and attractive

Nice sites

Here a list of sites which are looking nice:

  • Geotools.org
    • System: Sphinx
    • Advantages:
      • Page files can be maintained in SVN
    • Disadvantages:
      • No WYSIWYG editor
  • CMS Made Simple
    • System: CMS Made Simple
    • Advantages:
      • WYSIWYG editor
      • Access control via roles
      • Static mirroring seems to be possible via http
      • Very light system, installed in a few minutes
    • Disadvantages:
      • Requires browser for editing
  • OSGeo Foundation
    • System: Drupal
    • Advantages:
      • WYSIWYG editor
      • Access control via roles
      • Static mirroring seems to be possible via http (? check)
      • Can be run within OSGeo's Drupal server
    • Disadvantages:
      • Requires browser for editing
      • Rather heavy system, installation may be complex but OSGeo can provide it
  • Geopublishing
    • System: Drupal (? unsure)
    • Advantages:
      • see OSGeo above
    • Disadvantages:
      • see OSGeo above