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

Where and How to Host the Site

Image of global internet connectivityOk, so I want to build my site with Drupal, and I’d like to customize it with a theme of my choice and modules specific to my desired functionality. But where to host the site, and what kind of hosting plan? That’s the next big question. What I’ve been doing during my evaluation process is building a series of web sites on my home computer. That’s not giving me a 100.000% accurate picture of how the final site will behave, but it’s been plenty close enough for what I’m doing. And it’s been telling me what’s possible. But now it’s time to move on. 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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