|Coho/US website migration to Drupal platform - and request for info on Drupal Coho resources?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 12:18:29 -0800 (PST)|
Coho/US is well under way in migrating the www.cohousing.org website from its current proprietary system, hosted by a proprietary service provider, onto Drupal, an Open Source content-management platform (www.drupal.org), which can be hosted by hundreds, if not thousands, of ISPs (Internet Service Providers). This will dramatically decrease the baseline cost to the organization and migration will provide us with a more reliable, higher-level starting point. The Drupal Platform has thousands of independently developed "plug-in modules" - and we can add more. This lets us actively grow a more accessible, interactive, and valuable resource. With the required support and participation, the new cohousing.org website will grow into an increasingly stronger tool and resource for the Cohousing Movement... including Forming Cohousing Groups, Established Communities, Cohousing Seekers, and the Cohousing Industry. Phase 1 will largely be a port of the existing site, with some subtle, but important differences. What Phase 2 evolves into is really up to those of us who are willing and able to grow the site via a community effort... After we recreate the existing site in Phase 1, we will start developing a "learning community" of collaborators that will learn and teach each other to better use/grow the site to meet our many and varied needs. We anticipate the Phase 1 Public Beta Launch in the next couple months... but we will not launch until its ready to replace the existing site. Before then, I would like help identifying other Drupal resources within the Cohousing world. Do you have a website based on Drupal? If so, I'd appreciate a private (or public) mail with a link to your site(s), a bit about your hands-on experience with it, and an indication of interest in doing some consultative review of the migration team's work. I'll be putting out additional calls for involvement as we progress toward the Phase 1 Public Beta Launch and then begin work on Phase 2. I am particularly interested in seeing how some of the active Coho-L contributors can start engaging and communicating in highly effective, focused ways as we head into Phase 2. In community, Craig Ragland Coho/US Board P.S. Our commitment to Drupal has been made, so if you advocate a different platform or tool-set or approach to delivering web-based experiences, please understand ... that train left the station. Given the thousands of Drupal modules (http://drupal.org/project/Modules), it may also be that your vision is compatible with the Drupal platform as a base.
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