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Old 10-17-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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I want to make a website, and would prefer not to code my own web pages. And what I want to put on the site is articles I write. The first thing that comes to mind is "blogs," except they all seem to be linear, scrolling back in time. They all offer archives, which implies less immediacy to the older articles. I don't want this.

I want every article to have equal footing, except be able to control which one appears on the main page. The rest would be reached via an alphabetical list of titles, or by using a search mechanism. I'd also like people to be able to tweet or do whatever it is they do these days to spread the word about something.

Do you know of an automated site gizmo that might do this. I've already searched on my own and tried to see if blogs can do this, but it's all overwhelming.

   
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
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Have a look at http://www.pptfaq.com

If that's the kind of thing you're after, I can probably help.

It's created by a Windows program that's mostly focused on FAQ sites; it doesn't alphabetize the list on the main index page, but does allow you to insert new articles into the list wherever you'd like (and to rearrange them easily later).

You can dictate the html it creates for each article page, so if you've got some kind of "Tweet this" code, it'd be easy to have it automatically inserted into each article page.

   
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You can use Wordpress for this by listing posts in alphabetical order. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Alphabetizing_Posts

I would use Joomla for what you describe, but it is more complex to use than WP although it has much greater flexibility.

   
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I would suggest Wordpress too - using pages instead of posts to hold the articles. The posts are the bloggy bits and can be ignored.
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I would suggest Wordpress too - using pages instead of posts to hold the articles. The posts are the bloggy bits and can be ignored.
Can it create a list of articles, not by date? Or better yet, give the user the a ability to use an alpha or date view.

   
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You can customise it pretty much any way you want - it would be fairly simple to set up a template to offer alpha or date lists. I am no PHP whiz (as Kelvyn will testify ), but have set up all sorts of things on a couple of sites I run. The Wordpress Codex tells you all you need to know and then some. There are probably plug-ins to do that too.
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I decided to make my life easier, and so I'm going with WordPress, and it will behave like a blog. I added a tag cloud widget, and this will have to do (for now) helping people find things. Tag cloud seemed better than categories because is more space-efficient.

Then I had to figure out how to get rid of all links and boxes for making comments. Simply turning off comments in the dashboard was not enough. But it all seemed so daunting. So I did something I've never done before, and thought I would never do. I edited the the PHP files by doing blind search and replace across all files. This is very reckless, to say the least. I'm not even sure which files I changed. But I could not muster the stamina to understand what each file does and check each change individually by previewing it on the screen. Not to mention that I don't understand PHP. But I figured if this didn't work I'd ask for help. And as far as I could tell, most of what I was editing was actually HTML (which I sort of understand).

As it turns out, I got lucky. I succeeded in making the changes I want. And maybe eventually I should check what I did.

   
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I'm adding a note here. I found a WordPress plugin called Post Index that provides an alphabetized index of posts. I don't fully understand it, but managed set it up in a way where the index consists of the post titles instead of categories. And that is the kind of index I wanted.

And now I have to learn more about contact form plugins.

   
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