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From Tom Barber <tom.bar...@meteorite.bi>
Subject Re: OODT Website Changes (Redux)
Date Sat, 02 Apr 2016 23:07:14 GMT
Hey Val,

You can write HTML and a bunch of other stuff, but I'm trying to offer up a
solution that is easy for people to deploy and develop on outside of the
Apache infrastructure, and markdown, being just text is easy to deploy.
Also Wordpress etc require databases and backing infra where as Jekyll is
purely static HTML by the time it is deployed.

I have no idea if Infra would support wordpress anyway, I doubt it, when
they said they were retiring Apache CMS, it wasn't like "oh but don't worry
folks, you can stand up a wordpress website", I could be wrong, but that
was my impression.

At the end of a day, creating a blog post that looks like:

is much quicker than writing a bunch of HTML, but the Apache CMS is also a
bit of a lie, because if you think you don't have to write HTML because its
a CMS, you're sorely mistaken! ;)


On Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM, Mallder, Valerie <
Valerie.Mallder@jhuapl.edu> wrote:

> I am not familiar with Jekyll, but I disagree with using markdown. Why
> must we write in any kind of markup language? That would suck. Why not just
> use a better CMS? There are plenty out there. I personally develop websites
> in Wordpress. It's free and very easy to use. You can edit posts in a
> WYSIWYG editor. You can also copy-paste from a Word doc into the post. Just
> my opinion.
> Sent with Good (www.good.com)
> ________________________________
> From: Tom Barber <tom.barber@meteorite.bi>
> Sent: Saturday, April 2, 2016 6:45:21 PM
> To: dev@oodt.apache.org
> Subject: OODT Website Changes (Redux)
> Alright folks,
> Most peope who have been on the list for a while know we moved from the
> most static of static websites to Apache CMS a while ago to allow for more
> regular updating and maintenance of the website.
> Lewis then put a bunch of work into creating a template for the CMS website
> and we revamped a lot of the content, but the CMS has a bunch of issues
> both in the ease of developing a website and also in maintenance so the
> Infra team are retiring it.
> My personal opinion(having done some of this in my day job, and discussed
> similar on some other ASF projects) is we migrate the website to gitsubpub
> and Jekyll.
> This will give us the ability to easily stand up the existing website on
> our own laptops, or development servers make changes and deploy them. Also
> without the templating system that Apache CMS enforces upon you, its  a far
> quicker development cycle.
> Of course we could just use standard HTML & Javascript, but part of the
> reason I'd like to use Jekyll is the fact users can create content using
> Markdown syntax instead of HTML and Javascript. Jekyll is a static blogging
> platform, so its designed for frequent updating, and as people may have
> noticed I've been blogging OODT stuff on my personal blog because the CMS
> is a pain to update.
> Has anyone got an opinion? It feels like we did stage one which was make
> the website easier to update, but stage two is to make the process a lot
> easier, and standardised.
> Cheers
> Tom

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