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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Rationalizing two OpenOffice websites
Date Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:54:58 GMT

AH!! Jürgen said the magic word: PORTAL.  Now I can say something that has been nagging at
me without words.

It will be extremely valuable for the web site to remain the portal of the lineage, where the entry to Apache OpenOffice is more tightly-coupled but not
exclusive. And user support is for the lineage, even though activity may become more about
Apache OpenOffice releases in the future. 

One concern about changing the URLs for the wiki and the forums:  This will break absolute
bookmarks and cross-references from users and from elsewhere in the site, including in the
forums, unless the existing URLs are (also) preserved.  This also impacts existing search-engine

I would rather preserve those URLs.  The shorter ones are nice and the old ones could redirect
to them.  And I wouldn't do this quickly unless it is clearly a no-brainer and the redirect/rewrite
works perfectly. It is also something that could be done independently of all the static-page
remodeling that is needed.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Jürgen Schmidt [] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 02:25
Subject: Re: Rationalizing two OpenOffice websites

it sounds like a Déjà vu and i think we had already a discussion that 
goes in this direction.

Yes, i totally agree on this separation and it makes sense to me. Moving 
forward with this separation we need much less migration and can 
concentrate on the most important pages of the main portal (for users)

Hopefully we can change to and can redirect the old Url to the new short one. 
and the same for the forum

The portal side provide the main info about the product (mainly 
marketing material), provide the download (with the infra structure 
behind), but also provides the entry points to the wiki, to the forum 
and of course for project members.

I really like that


On 11/22/11 12:46 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> We have with this project something that most other Apache projects
> don't have and which the legacy OOo project never had.  We have two
> independent websites.
[ ... ]
> For example, could we have something like this:
> 1) is the website for the OpenOffice product.  It
> is the end user site, focused on their interactions with the product.
> So download, help, extensions, support.  It is not how they interact
> with the project.  It serves the narrow focus on the product.
> 2) (eventually
> on the other hand is where the project members
> work and where the public (includiing users) interacts with the
> project. Not the product, but the project.
> This dual website is quite commonly used for managing large and
> important brands.  For example, the consumer, when interfacting with
> the brand Pepsi and Pepsi products goes to:
> But the person who wants to learn more about the company goes to another URL:
> Navigating between then is possible via a link on the page footer.
> But generally each site is optimized for its target audience.

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