A few months back, I wanted to create an online presence for my band, Daisy’s Gone.
In the past, I would have started from scratch. But I remembered all the domains I’ve
accumulated over the years that are now nothing more than parking pages at my registrar.
It’s generally not hard to throw together a few simple brochure-ware pages. I
certainly could have done just that for my band’s site. However, even simple sites often
have content and behavior that needs to be dynamic.
The obvious solution is to use a content management system (CMS). CMS platforms
such as WordPress and Drupal offer users prebuilt functionality for everything from
creating pages to managing site registration. A full-blown CMS will allow non-technical
users to create and manage content and will allow programmers and designers to extend
the out-of-the-box functionality by creating themes and modules, respectively.
With Daisy’s Gone, I was once again presented with the dilemma of whether to build
a site from scratch or to use a CMS. Fortunately, I remembered how I had seen a then
just-released Orchard CMS used at the NYC Give Camp a few months earlier. Give
Camps match developers and designers with charities who have some unmet technical
need, often a web presence. One of the developer groups built its charity a new website
I remember being quite impressed by how much this team accomplished in one weekend
using this new CMS. So when it came time to start building the website for my
band, I made the choice to use Orchard.
The original Daisy’s Gone website was not much more than a home page. It was primarily
a sandbox for me to learn Orchard. As I write this book, I’m going to create a
new online presence for the band. I’ll walk through the steps of creating a custom look
and feel (themes) and extending Orchard with new functionality (modules).
Whether you are building a new corporate site for your company or a site for the local
youth soccer league, you are likely to have many of the same needs of your CMS.
Building a site for a band is no different. You may need to schedule events, manage
user comments, support OAuth, or have a site map. The content will vary by your
domain, the features much less so.
The Complete Guide to Digital Graphic Design Here is the complete guide to the principles and practices of digital graphic design in the new century, particularly in designing for the World Wide Web! The Complete Guide to Digital Graphic Design takes a look at all the major areas in which design is applied-such as packaging, signage, advertising, exhibition and display systems, corporate... Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unleashed This is the ultimate guide to the design, migration, implementation, administration, management, and support of an Exchange Server 2007 environment. The recommendations, tips, and tricks covered are based on more than two years of early adopter implementations of Exchange 2007. The authors highlight the features and functions that organizations... Information and Coding Theory (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)
As thi s Preface is being written, th e twent ieth century is coming to an end .
Historians may perhaps come to refer to it as the cent ury of information, jus t
as its predecessor is associated with the proce ss of indust rialisation. Successive
technological developments such as the telephone, radio, television , compute rs
The Remote Sensing Data Book
Remote sensing is used in some way by all earth and atmospheric scientists. This book provides a unique resource to all aspects of remote sensing for both the expert and nonexpert. Organized as a dictionary, it contains over 700 alphabetically-arranged and cross-referenced entries on how remote sensing works, what kinds of data are available,...
Linkage in Evolutionary Computation (Studies in Computational Intelligence) In recent years, the issue of linkage in GEAs has garnered greater attention and recognition from researchers. Conventional approaches that rely much on ad hoc tweaking of parameters to control the search by balancing the level of exploitation and exploration are grossly inadequate. As shown in the work reported here, such parameters tweaking based... Algorithms & Architectures (Neural Network Systems Techniques and Applications) Inspired by the structure of the human brain, artificial neural networks have been widely applied to fields such as pattern recognition, optimization, coding, control, etc., because of their ability to solve cumbersome or intractable problems by learning directly from data. An artificial neural network usually consists of a large number of simple...