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Old 11-29-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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Same site, http://edar.org/new/. The owner has asked for a blogging section and a page that would allow her to upload news without having to learn Dreamweaver or equivalent.

The current host is a Windows server, but I suspect it could be switched to Linux with little trouble.

What packages should I be evaluating?
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Same site, http://edar.org/new/. The owner has asked for a blogging section and a page that would allow her to upload news without having to learn Dreamweaver or equivalent.

The current host is a Windows server, but I suspect it could be switched to Linux with little trouble.

What packages should I be evaluating?
Check with the host, there might be an option to easily install Wordpress or something similar provided.

   
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Same site, http://edar.org/new/. The owner has asked for a blogging section and a page that would allow her to upload news without having to learn Dreamweaver or equivalent.

The current host is a Windows server, but I suspect it could be switched to Linux with little trouble.

What packages should I be evaluating?
WordPress. And WordPress. Many Linux hosts have auto-install scripts, but I have learned to avoid them (Kelvyn is very critical of them, and having had a couple of snags with them, no longer use them. Installation involves making a few changes in config.php and uploading files to a server directory.

Lots of peer support; getting better and better (more user friendly). You should be able to set it up so your client can write, post, respond, etc.

Are you (or is someone else capable) going to be webmaster? One problem with any blog is that you are inviting strangers into your site. WP has several safeguards against spam and other types of jerky behavior. WP settings lets you require posters to be moderated in advance and prevent them from adding a link until so many posts. WP ships with Akismet (you need to get a free API key). As with vB and similar systems, WP has occasional security updates (you re-upload most of the .php files).

So, no surprise, WordPress requires maintenance.

   
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Looks as if I will be webmaster for updates and security issues. I expect the organization executive director will do any moderation. Probably have to explain to her what that is all about.

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Looks as if I will be webmaster for updates and security issues. I expect the organization executive director will do any moderation. Probably have to explain to her what that is all about.
Guess so. On the other hand, she should have some skills if she is going to manage a site. (Says she who jumped in feet first in total ignorance several years ago; would never recommend that approach!)

You probably won’t find the updates too much trouble. They are working ease the process and it seems better every time.

   
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Like Kathleen, I'd recommend Wordpress, the advised server requirements being PHP 5+, MySQL 4.0+ and Apache - preferably on Linux. It is easy to install, and there are plenty of ready made templates. Current version is 2.6.5

If you have a cPanel server do not use Fantasico to install WP. This is their auto-install feature for software which can cause problems down the line with file ownership issues and make subsequent site updates difficult.

   
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