[Webcom] Barn raising: osgeo.org web site
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Mon Dec 7 14:31:37 PST 2015
Plans to recreate the current OSGeo.org website in a newer version of the
Drupal content management system are on the wiki here:
This topic is also on the agenda for this week's OSGeo board meeting
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P.S. I anticipate that we may not all agree that a manual migration to
Drupal 8 is the absolute optimal solution --- but please bear in mind that
possible upgrades have been in discussion since 2007... We're looking for
a solution that can be easily implemented and meets the main requirements
(including removing ad hoc custom PHP and also ensuring solid multilingual
On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 12:22 PM, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
> Hi Ian,
> Thanks for proposing this. I agree, we need a "not invented here"
> approach, to make this possible. It is sure time for this upgrade. I
> have added your proposal to the next board meeting agenda, Ian could you
> also attend that IRC meeting, to help guide this topic? See the exact
> time at the top of this page:
> I would also like to see this plan (including the nodes transferred) on
> the OSGeo wiki. Could you also start drafting these plans on the OSGeo
> wiki, and share that link with everyone?
> One big part of this upgrade is the Service Providers page
> (http://www.osgeo.org/search_profile), which I believe is made up on
> custom PHP. Please include your plans for this in the wiki (or a section
> on the wiki for this so we can get proposals/ideas for how to improve this
> search tool.
> We will of course need to work closely with the SAC committee on this, and
> we can share these wiki plans with them, for their approval.
> Thanks again for pushing this.
> > Hi All,
> > With the recent release of Drupal 8, I'd like to suggest we hold a barn
> > raising event for recreating and re-hosting the main osgeo.org website.
> > Why continue with Drupal?
> > - We need a proven CMS that is easy for all users and doesn't require
> > of work to maintain.
> > -Drupal 8 was developed to put multilingual capabilities first, a core
> > requirement for OSGeo.
> > - v8 includes responsive themes designed for mobiles and tablets and is
> > engineered to be fast by default.
> > - Unlike the OSGeo projects, we need a "not invented here" approach to
> > website where we aim to write little or no code ourselves.
> > How?
> > - The current site has around 1600 nodes. If, for example, 16 people
> > responsibility for 100 nodes each we could manually copy content without
> > worrying about automating the migration... therefore no risk of
> > transferring anything that's not public, or of copying across old
> > PHP code.
> > - A shared google spreadsheet would record which nodes had been
> > transferred. We'd transfer newer nodes first and *create the correct
> > among the translated content*.
> > - The sponsor pages could be created as a custom content type and
> > displayed
> > using built-in drupal views, allowing sorting, searching etc without any
> > custom PHP.
> > - SAC could install a vanilla Drupal 8 on a new server and get inital
> > support working. Webcom would take responsibility for content, theming
> > etc.
> > and discussions via the webcom mailing list.
> > - The board would decide when to transfer to new site.
> > Principals
> > - Avoid writing any custom code (which has prevented upgrades in the
> > - Install minimal contributor modules, ensure any that are used are
> > to be maintained long term, e.g. ldap
> > <https://www.drupal.org/project/ldap>
> > module.
> > Is this something that could be discussed at the next board meeting?
> > Ian
> > P.S. The following link provides a good summary of features in Drupal 8:
> Board mailing list
> Board at lists.osgeo.org
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