RLC Website Redesign
- steve@... writes:
> What are you redesigning?Essentially, everything. Our basic format hasn't changed
in 8 years and we need a host of new services that won't
get done with our current format/resources. All the good
ideas have never even made it to first base, so I'm just
going to DO IT.
My starting point is the work I did on the Draft Sanford
for President website, which has been abandoned:
> I've setup a PostNuke site at _http://rlc.wiseburn.net/_(http://rlc.wiseburn.net/)
The problem is that I've been waiting years to get
volunteers take up the task and get it done. We had
'decided' on PHP or some 'out-of-the-box' utility, but
nobody ever followed-up on the work. I don't know
PHP and *detest* boxed services (you can barely get
what you want and mods are impossible).
So, I'd rather work on my own concepts and my
own priorities and get it done.
General objective: total DB-driven menus and
content, so any authorized user can add stories
and update information.
Specific features: membership DB on-line, with
self-editing and lookup/download capabilities; some
member-only access rights to Liberty Index detail
and documents/tools resources; a commentary/blog
utility for user interaction and issues presentation;
a meet-up utility for local organizing; etc. etc.
1. Convert Sanford08 form to RLC form, with
new logo and header;
2. Log-In utility that's integrated with user and
administrative privileges ... as well as subscription
options for 'Liberty Watch' and blog access;
3. Clean up the story entry and editing pages;
4. Create a member entry and retrieval routine
that is integrated with our dues-payment resources
and state reporting;
5. Design commentary/blog facilities;
6. Integrate and standardize the Liberty Index
and other PAC site resources into the main set;
7. Design meet-up resources that can be
controlled and monitored by state/regions.
8. Etc, etc.
So, that's the agenda. My primary need will be
testers for the program as it develops and then a
lot of help with content entry and news posting.
Hopefully, somewhere along the way, we'll
have the volunteer or commercial resources so
that I can abandon the programming and utility
Many of these features will relieve my own
manual burdens and get valuable resources off
my personal computer. At some point in the
future, I'd like to be able to push a button to
turn over everything to a successor, rather
than having to ship my entire computer. I'm
not getting any younger and there's to much
of the essential RLC organizational resources
in my hands.
All help and suggestions are welcome, but
I don't want to hear what *WE* should do first
and how *WE* should do it, unless the *WE*
includes the person making the proposals.
- Just for practice - and as a dry run for redesigning my own blog - I worked up a potential
redesign for the RLC website. If nothing else it might be a source of ideas, but if there is
interest in developing it further that's an option too. Anyone who's interested can check it
out at http://www.fontcraft.com/rlctest
It is based on the WordPress engine with custom CSS and PHP templates I designed for it,
plus a few custom graphics. It has the potential to offer blog-style entries, message
forums, static articles and reference material, member database information and even
automated email notification lists, though not all of that is implemented yet. I could also
interface it with an online shopping system pretty easily so people could join the RLC
online - something that I think is essential for the future. I also included a small shopping
section linked through the Amazon affiliate program. Affiliate programs are something
the RLC ought to be taking advantage of as a fundraising tool.
BTW, I'm having problems with sending and receiving from the various RLC yahoo groups.
Anyone else suffering as well?