[clug] CLUG site

Steve Walsh Steve at nerdvana.org.au
Tue Sep 12 09:56:04 GMT 2006

Somehow, I don't think hosting it is so much of an issue.

Apart from Tarrant's space at dreamhost, within CLUG we have member from 7 Web 
hosting companies (I'm erring on the low side), 4 server colocation providers, 
at least 3 VPS/Xen/UML hosters (again on the low side), as well as a metric 
crapload of personal boxes scattered across various commodity links, a number of 
personal and business accounts with people such as dreamhost and the like, not 
to mention Ozlabs (who currently host it) and the Power5 LOPP box at ANU. Space 
and traffic is not an issue.

The biggest problem (as I see it), is the actual site itself. Yes, it does need 
an overhaul. Something active would be nice, something that a number of people 
can update and add to is also probably quite nice. Basically, we have a number 
of options in terms of CMS's (Joomla, Drupal, Mambo, PostNuke, PHP-Nuke), Blogs 
(Wordpress, Bloxom, b2Evolution, sBlog), Wiki's (MediaWiki, phpwiki, 

What probably needs to be done is to actually decide what we want the CLUG 
website to do.

So, if you want to have input into it, please come along to the PSIG meeting on 
Thursday night and we can define what it needs to do, what would be nice for it 
to do, and then the relevant people can take one step forward and take on the 
project, rather than have 2 groups going in opposite directions to the same end.


Martin Schwenke wrote:
> Note that I've picked a random (but relevant) post in this thread to
> respond to...
>>>>>> "Tarrant" == Tarrant  <tarrant at aeria-design.com> writes:
>     Tarrant> Yeah, i can understand the private hosting and things,
>     Tarrant> although i'm pretty prepared to say it's a somewhat
>     Tarrant> stable service if it is somewhat 'private'. It's not
>     Tarrant> going anywhere as i host too many sites [...]
> I've just had a chat with the people who control and administer the
> clug.org.au domain and associated web site(s).  Here's a summary and
> some comments:
> * Hosting is not an issue.  Past and current machines used to host
>   clug.org.au have been stable and the people who run those machines
>   are still around.  The site does not need to move (again).
> * The only thing that is (badly) dated about the current CLUG web site
>   is the "Projects" section.
>   The proposal is to remove the "Projects" section and move the map
>   (which dominates the current page) to to a secondary page.  This
>   will unclutter the main page and allow links to other sites to be
>   more visible (see next point).
> * I believe the admin staff of clug.anu.edu.au (the current postnuke
>   site) are happy to assign rights to allow people to manage various
>   news pages.  The main CLUG web page can have a "Latest News" link
>   (or similar) added that points to <http://clug.anu.edu.au/> (or
>   similar).
> * The only other thing that people seem to be mentioning is a wiki.
>   We're hoping that someone will strike up a friendly conversation
>   with someone at Linux Australia and convince them to run a wiki for
>   LUGs in Australia.  Nobody I spoke to was terribly keen on running a
>   wiki...
>   Alternatively, if someone runs a well maintained wiki then it might
>   be a good idea to link to it from the main CLUG web site.
> Easy...  :-)
> peace & happiness,
> martin

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