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Help me oh web developer type folks...

I need to create an online toolkit. It's mostly a series of static narrative webpages with links to documents. Sometimes it will link to groups of documents, where those groups should be determined by tags attached to the documents, where individual documents could have multiple tags. It needs to be password protected. I need some sort of WYISIWIG development platform so that I can design and populate the pages easily.

We might have a little money to have someone create a framework for us, or if there's something just easy enough for me to set up, that would be great. We have a webserver and could host it ourselves.

Suggestions?

Date: 2008-09-23 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] julzerator.livejournal.com
Would it need to be updated by a single person or collaboratively?

If it is collaborative, I would suggest looking at Twiki.

http://twiki.org/

I've used it before and it was easy to set up using their tools.

Date: 2008-09-23 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
Not collaborative. It might be updated by a few different people, but not a lot. (See further comments below to Scott.)

Thanks!

Date: 2008-09-23 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottij.livejournal.com
I was also going to say it sounds like you are looking for a wiki.

We use MoinMoin at work.

There are several other free versions out there as well.

Date: 2008-09-23 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
Why do you think a wiki? We're not expecting users to edit or add content.

Date: 2008-09-23 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottij.livejournal.com
Oh, you said you needed to create a "toolkit". That implied to me that others would be using to create/update content. You can have access controls to a wiki to only allow some users to update the content, iirc.

If it's just you doing it, the easiest thing might just be to make plain old HTML pages.

If you want something fancier, then what you probably want it something called a Content Management System. There is one called Drupal which is free and fairly popular. I haven't used it, but a friend of mine did to create some of the AA public library websites and liked it a lot.

If that still doesn't sound like what you are looking for, then I guess I need more detail to understand what you are trying to do. :-)

Date: 2008-09-23 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
It's a toolkit in terms of users being able to go there and pick out tools that they want to use.

Plain old HTML isn't going to support the requirement to have content generated via tags, right? Like, if someone clicks a link called "strategic plans" I want it to take them to a list of all the documents that have that tag. But some of those documents might have different tags too, so just pointing people to a folder isn't the right answer.

We're using Drupal on another project, although we've been working with a developer to set it up. I'm not opposed to using it for this project, just checking to see what else I might not be thinking of, and if Drupal is the best choice for us - I don't know how much of my frustration with it so far is the platform vs our developers implementation of it.

Date: 2008-09-23 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottij.livejournal.com
Oh, hrm.

Sounds like you are getting into the realm of wanting a simple relational database and a programmed front-end to make pages based on what's in it.

If I were doing it, I would implement a simple front-end in PHP around an sqlite database, but you would probably need a real developer/contractor to do that.

If you're looking for something you can set up yourself, Drupal might meet your needs, but I'm afraid I don't have a good sense of what other non-programmer tools like that might be out there.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.

Date: 2008-09-23 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murphyw.livejournal.com

Second the recommendation of checking if Drupal fits your needs. A friend uses and likes it.

--Bill

Date: 2008-10-03 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandygood.livejournal.com
My husband says to take a look at knowledgetree.com.

He says...That there's a free and open source addition, but that you might need help configuring the database. Although they might help you with that too.

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