Drupal Configuration

Drupal icon courtesy of https://association.drupal.org/press/imagesIt’s time to install Drupal on the site. Actually we’re past that point. My last post was about Site Construction Planning and, while I didn’t elaborate on it, I installed Drupal on the site twice. I did this to ensure that my web hosting site configuration was actually compatible with the Drupal software and how Drupal wanted to interact with the hosting environment. That consisted of two, bare-bones, minimal installations. One to test Drupal operating as the primary content for the architectedfutures.NET site, the second as my development and testing environment, operating as a sub domain on the same web hosting account. My chief concern was that multiple Drupal sites could work from the one account, with each Drupal install using all the critical Drupal features, such as clean URLs, and not interfere with each other. Now it’s time to actually configure the Drupal installs into useful, operational websites.

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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

Part 2, The Specification

Image of bicycle specificationThe next step in this community of practice software evaluation is to define my goals, and to brainstorm the initial requirements to achieve those goals. Not everything in this series of posts will follow this top-down, linear path; but starting out with this material will give context and add structure to the evaluation process. Continue reading

The Road To Here And Now …

No Bullock Carts Road Sign In my journey to create architectedfutures.net, one of the things I’m dealing with is a platform infrastructure choice. My current focus is an investigation of Drupal and WordPress. I haven’t chosen between them yet, and I believe either could do a good job for 80 percent of what I want to do, but there are definite differences in the way the job would get done, and, in the end, what gets done. So I’m digging in further, doing additional experimentation, and even toying with some concepts where I might use both. I often go back to basics, core principles, to help clarify my thinking in this process and ask myself: “What is the goal? What are you trying to do? Which is the better approach to getting there?” This post is a reflection in that vein. This post is also trying to document some history for those who are interested in following, or joining, my journey.

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