Recommend we start with the purpose of the website. If only informational and logistics, documentation and code then perhaps it doesn't matter. But I think there is a greater purpose.

I would argue it not only represents our project and community, but communicates our project and community to the rest of the world and to some extent aligns the community itself.

So I agree with Seb that having a modern, professional, ideally attractive design is very important. Equally important that the vision, mission of the community be clear and accessible, and ideally, exciting! What problem does CloudStack solve better than anything else? Does it solve it in the way the market is looking for (i.e. costs nothing for a complete product that works out of box, vendor neutral, runs easily and reliably and can be upgraded for long term supportability).

Today if you glance at the site you see "Open Source Cloud Computing". I'm not sure that's very helpful in an age where everything is moving to open source and cloud computing no longer seems to mean in the market what it did in 2008 (pretty much every web or mobile app or hosting services seems to be "cloud"). 

Cross posting this discussion to marketing, hopefully this can intersect with renewed investment by the community members to make CloudStack more accessible to the rest of the world and thus bring more participants to the community.


On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM, Rohit Yadav <> wrote:
Hi Sebastien,

I really like the initiative, while is handy I think the gh-pages repo looks neat plus we can continue to use git and not archaic svn :)

I think we can then perhaps have an automated way to build the gh-pages branch and copy the htmls to cms etc. Should we also use Jekyll based website since the link ( will be built automatically by Github (need to confirm, if it allows for non-master branches)? I’ve some Jekyll based experience, my website too is hosted on Github and uses Jekyll.

> On 05-Mar-2015, at 8:01 pm, Sebastien Goasguen <> wrote:
> Hi,
> The website has been bugging me greatly, it's not up to par with today's website and does not portray our project in a good way.
> I decided to try something quick. I created a gh-pages branch in our repo, orphaned from the rest of the code based and pushed that.
> It shows up on github due to the mirroring:
> And it builds:
> I believe that's nice, it allows us to keep the website under ASF root repo but the mirroring allows us to use github pages.
> That means we can take pull requests to build our website instead of using svn or the apache CMS.
> Any amazing web designer on these lists who wants to take a crack at a modern design for cloudstack ?
> thanks,
> -sebastien

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