Notes on website discussion group 10 Sept
Later addition up front, to focus on requirements:
- a website that is welcoming and attractive for new visitors, whether they are seasoned geeks or Windows users who don't even know an alternative might help them
- a place where the group's calendar of events is available, especially the details of the next meeting
- somewhere that anyone in the group can contribute knowledge, even though there are likely to be better places to do that on the Internet (some people find global venues intimidating, so a 'local' place where you feel comfortable has its advantages)
- a site where people can post a little (or a lot) about themselves as a means of introduction
Here's a link to 'architecture':
Notes on website discussion group 10 Sept
These are some temp jottings
as a result of our recent session at Nokia.
Johnw didn't take notes at the time (did anyone?), so this is a pretty hazy recollection a week later -- maybe others can fill in some detail. Also there's some further thoughts, add your own too.
There were about 7 of us present: chrisjrob, dbeer, fay, ianm, johnw, kwyjibo, terry.. no doubt there are others interested who were unable to attend that day.
The meeting started with a discussion of whether or not there should be a forum, and there was a widespread view that this was not a good idea, as it would split Surrey LUG between the mailing list and the forum. All present agreed that the forums should be removed.
We all took a sheet of paper and did rough sketches of how we each imagined the site front page might eventually look. There was a fair degree of commonality, most used the 3-column layout that is so widespread on the web, perhaps the biggest variation was whether to have recent items in the centre portion or whether to have intro material there for new visitors and only most recent/next meeting.
One idea was to include a block of recent posts and a block of popular posts in one of the columns, possibly the right-hand one.
Fay suggested that there should be a regularly updated BaB photo on the home page.
I can't remember who, but some suggested that we set roles on the website to specific members of the SLUG group. So for instance me (dbeer) could look after the wiki, or knowledgebase, a.n.other could look after adding the BaB meet that has just been and the next one. These are not set, anyone can volunteer for a role once we have decided on the necessary roles.
Things to do
These tasks need to be moved to Task List (items struckthrough have been transferred already).
- Think about how to have different page designs viewable so people can discuss alternatives (screenshots? capture html+css??)
- Try adding teaser to block showing recent items
Lots of videos about Drupal, presented at the September Drupal conference in Paris: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22drupalcon2009paris%22 (I've just downloaded the 3rd one down, about inline image placement within a wysiwyg editor in hopes of picking up tips, but not watched it yet. (johnw) [update: i've watched it. 12 mins long. I think there's probably some really good stuff in this, 90% of which I couldn't understand because of the American accent and lack of crisp video definition. Plus, just as it was getting to the REALLY interesting stuff about images, it stopped. Grrrrrrrrrrr!] [Grr again: there seems to be 2 different videos of the same talk. First, 55Mb ogg, but another one 240Mb ogg at http://www.archive.org/details.php?identifier=DrupalconParisHowtoeasilys...
2009-9-27 (johnw): cjr said he thought the titles in the blocks would look better left-aligned instead of right. so i tried to do that. i read the install notes for zeropoint, which told me where the file is for customising css, and i added stuff to it. ones in the right sideblock have moved left, but ones in left sideblock have only moved a little. (i also suppressed the daft icons, e.g. stars and dangly keys that were by block titles). so i think i need some handholding with css. any thoughts?
2009-9-28: we've found we can override the css in the zeropoint theme by going to _custom/custom.css in the theme tree.
We need to override the font-family in the menu tabs -- times new roman is the least desirable choice, not the most.
Why can we see previous revisions, but there's no way to diff between revs (see drupal.org for how that works). Another module needed, perhaps?
2009-9-29: found this presentation in Drupalcon Paris: http://www.wearepropeople.com/blog/2009-09-02/45-modules-45-minutes-best... (if you don't have 45 minutes, there's a list of the modules there). What a lot of interesting modules to investigate!
Example of how page might be rearranged to get more content visible: http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/7271/mockupl.png