WAT:Create A Project Website

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So you're a webmaster for a website that doesn't exist and your first task is to create it? There are several options of getting this done within the MPDLMax Planck Digital Library infrastructure.

Use Cases

  • Need a collaboration space on the web to work on a project application?
  • Want to publish something like the sengbusch collection?

Wordpress μ Blog

Wordpress isn't only a blogging software. It can easily serve as CMSContent Management System. New blogs in our installation can be created by Lars and Robert, same goes for user accounts.

The Good

  • relatively easy to change the layout, in particular because there are lots of themes to choose from.
  • something like a "news" section is pretty much built-in - it's a blog after all.
  • Interaction with the general public possible via comments.

The Bad

  • when it comes to support for collaboration

And The Ugly

Examples

ColabCollaboration Laboratory Portal

As you currently read this information, you already discovered the colab wiki. It is a publicly available installation of the mediawiki software. Everybody can register for an account and start to create new pages or to modify existing articles.

The Good

  • probably the easiest way to publish "single pieces" of information

The Bad

  • layout is defined for complete installation
  • very weak measures for access control

And The Ugly

Trac instance + Subversion repository

https://devtools.mpdl.mpg.de/projects/ Initial setup and user management can be done by Robert and André.

The Good

  • very good support for collaboration, including relatively fine grained access control.

The bad

  • relatively hard to change the layout.

And The Ugly

  • Served via HTTPSHyperText Transfer Protocol Secured using a root certificate which isn't pre-installed in most browsers. Thus, not the first choice for public facing websites.

Examples

Web checkout of a Subversion repository

You can also maintain web pages manually (but assisted by version control) in a subversion repository which is checked out on a web server. Ask Robert for details.

The Good

  • complete control over the site.
  • suitable if the bulk of the site is made up by additional resources, i.e. the handmade pages serve merely as table-of-contents for a file-system full of other stuff.

The Bad

  • with power comes responsibility.

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