Security, Part 1

By Terra Green at en.wikipedia. Later version(s) were uploaded by Noir, DanielPharos at en.wikipedia. [LGPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons My original intention in terms of a security article was to publish a post that talked about Drupal’s Taxonomy Access Control (TAC) module. As mentioned within my Drupal Configuration post, TAC is the module I selected for access management of the content in my architectedfutures.net site. My thought was that it might be helpful to detail how I was configuring TAC according to how I wanted to manage access to the various content items on the site for different audiences. Public content, administrative content, content reserved for registered users, etc. However, as I’ve spent time on the site recently, building up content, I’ve also been keeping an eye on how the site is being discovered and accessed by anonymous users. This is prior to any serious advertising or publication of the site URL. (Until I get to a certain critical mass of useful content, I’m not actively trying to drive people to the site. I want to wait a bit for that.) What I’ve seen though is a discovery process based on web crawlers. People and software that go out of their way to make it their business to find new sites and new content on the web. This seems to break down into a few general categories. Continue reading

Site Construction Planning

Utilitiesman 2nd Class Adam Townsend, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five (NMCB 5), Detail Sasebo, surveys a construction site.Having made a decision on the website software (Drupal), and a choice for a web hosting provider (A2Hosting), it’s time to do some detail planning for how to lay down the software on the hosting framework. And, there are a number of options. Since I’m using a shared hosting solution, the first decision is whether or not to have the Drupal software installed and managed using A2Hosting’s auto-installer. That option would give me an easy “one click” installation process; but it also removes detail control of the configuration from my hands, so that isn’t the option I want. I actually want to follow a route that gives me more detail control over how the site will be configured. Of course, that also means I have to take more responsibility for getting the job done. Continue reading

Part 3, ASRs and Riding the Wave of Change

By Original: Cpl. Megan L. Stiner. Later edits:Solitude at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the problems with life is dealing with change. Nothing is static. Everything is constantly changing. While that has always been true, the pace of change has accelerated in modern times. The volume of changes that seem to have some impact on us has gone up, and the awareness of change has intensified. We are constantly told that newer and better stuff is now available, to replace the stuff we just bought yesterday, which we may not have had a chance to use yet. We live in an era where we now measure things in internet time. Stability and constancy are old-fashioned virtues. This is a hallmark of technology and is particularly true when dealing with computers and software. Open source software is no exception; in fact, quite the opposite is true. Drupal and WordPress have different schemes for how they drive change into their user communities and offer different facilities to their users to comprehend and administration change. These differences are not inconsequential.  Continue reading

Drupal-WordPress Evaluation, Part 1

Bar Chart GraphicOne purpose of this blog is to provide payback to the open source community and to contribute to the knowledge-base that is freely available on the web. Take a little, give a little. As I develop architectedfutures.net I want to put some of my process and analysis on the web in a form that allows others to critique, copy or emulate what I am doing. The criticism should help me improve my product. Providing useful content for others to emulate is payback for what I have been able to obtain gratis in my research efforts. This is the start of a series of posts in that vein. The series will detail my decision process for selecting the base platform for the architectedfutures.net site. Continue reading