Certified Server Software
The following Server Operating Systems have been certified to work with AOI :CMS:. The Server Operating Systems are specifically the targeted operating systems AOI :CMS: was developed upon and should work without problems... Hopefully.
- FreeBSD 5 Current
- Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Development Only Not Publically Deployed>
Date: 2004/12/06 21:03:01
The Quest For Continuity
Web Site Mastery Series - Going beyond HTML and other technical jargon to
address publishing and design problems that affect the seasoned web author.
Pronunciation: "kän-t&n-'ü-&-tE, -'yü-
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
1 a : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union b :
uninterrupted duration or continuation especially without essential change
I believe that one of the biggest challenges for most web designers is
continuity. The main problems are:
Web Site Appearance
Web Site Appearance can be a big deal for web authors who take care of more
than two web sites. Usually the case web authors maintain dozens of sites. This
can be an arduous task for someone single handedly, yet we do it anyways.
Problems that occur with web site appearance include:
- Broken Images
- Broken Links
- Malfunctioning Server Sided Includes
- Bad PHP/PERL Scripts
Many of the web site appearance problems can be solved with many techniques
already available on the internet. The use of Content Management Systems have
been increasing in popularity rapidly and many new solutions are being made
available at an astonishing rate. However the rate of availability of reliable
Content Management Systems present themselves there is always some sort of
difficulty, learning curve or other problem that further complicates the
Web Site Publishing and Maintenance
Web Site Publishing and Maintenance is the second area that most web authors
have the most difficulty. Publishing a web site once is a large feat in itself
nowadays and maintaining them is even bigger. Constant maintenance of a web site
is crucial to repeat and increased traffic to a web site. Repeat and increased
web site traffic is crucial because those factors are the life blood of a web
site. Why else would you make a web site? It simply makes no sense to make a web
site that nobody would visit. Please take note of the following web sites and my
reviews as to why they are successful web sites:
- SlashDot.org - IT
- Upside: Slashdot.org is a weblog type of web site that is
updated my many different authors who publish information from seemingly
everywhere in the IT world. Slashdot.org also offers user interaction,
where it's members may post their comments on how they feel about a
particular article posted.
- Downside: Many web authors are needed to make a site like
this successful. If this type of system is successful, it will require a
significant amount of server resources that the casual web author does
- MSN.com - Various News/Games/
- Upside: MSN is a controlled proprietary content management
system made specifically for the use in publishing MSN and works
extremely well. MSN.com is also the default web page for most Windows
users. This gives MSN.com a gigantic advantage over everybody else's web
- Downside: Nobody else has access to the content management
system. Many web authors are required to publish unique content on a
daily basis to achieve the effect of MSN. There are just days when I ask
myself how I could accomplish the same things that MSN does on their web
site and it simply is not possible for me alone.
Continuity plays a large part of both web sites. With their complex content
management systems and large staffs of people it is easy to see why the above
web sites are just so popular. However, anything that is possible by anybody
else I am sure that I can figure out how to do as well. There is always a way to
compete in the large world of web sites and having an awesome web site with a
large amount of valuable visitors is possible with the correct content
management system and a little help. The following are the ingredients that I am
proposing that may have the potential to leverage the good out of both web sites
and bring your new web site up to the surface.
- Step 1: Get some help. Never publish a web site alone. Find some friends
that will work for free and assign them tasks that will get content into
your web site.
- Step 2: Invest some time weighing the pros and cons of many various
content management systems that best fit your needs. A large web site
requires more than FrontPage/Dreamweaver and an FTP client.
- Step 3: Advertise on the internet. Add your web site's address to google!
- Step 3: Once your web site is published don't forget to advertise for
your virtual advertisement. Advertise your web site in your local newspaper,
magazines anywhere and everywhere that is not on the internet.
Date: 2004/11/21 17:03:13
Visio Documents Uploaded
The current in-progress Microsoft Visio documents have been uploaded to the sourceforge.net site. Again, a lot of time was spent to further automate the process of updating the files that many web sites have the same data but in their appropriate themes... I need to get this project into it's final stages so that it can start running my sites.
Date: 2004/11/13 19:42:20
New tutorials for installing Internet Information Services to develop AOI :CMS:. The aim of these tutorials is to provide a rapid development platform. Security issues are covered briefly and do not intend for the CMS site created to go live on the Microsoft platform but rather the end target platform is Unix & Linux.
Date: 2004/10/23 17:19:24
Updated Docs & The Quest for Uniform Code
Updated documentation for AOI :CMS: has been released to http://aoicms.sourceforge.net/docs/eng/index.html. The updated documentation includes some developer information on a very incomplete level.
There will be one new core module: library_loader.cgi. The library loader will extend AOI :CMS: to allow developers to simply add their library path and init routine information to the database instead of having the user edit text files. It will hopefully cut down on the amount of code generated by hand and thus cut down on the amount of debugging as well.
Date: 2004/10/04 20:30:17
News DB Ready
To assist in automating the news project on AOI :CMS:, I took a break from the core project to crank out a quick and simple News displaying script. Hopefully it will mean quicker updates all around
Date: 2004/09/08 08:37:58