Scope requirements for a potential usage of a CMS underneath specific content delivery sites; owner quaid. This is not a replacement for the wiki; it is a supplement that would manage less than 10% of content on fedoraproject.org.
- 1 Background
- 2 Target (sub-)domains and paths
- 3 Time frame/schedule
- 4 Solution requirements
- 5 Raw list of CMS solutions that meet enough requirements
- 6 Vetted list of CMS solutions to try
- 7 Team requirements for deployment and maintenance
The CMS does not replace the wiki.
The purpose of the CMS is to cover the smaller portion (~10%) of Fedora content that needs better management. A CMS should cover the more restricted areas of content, such as the front page of fedoraproject.org or the formal documentation website.
The other 90% of content is managed collaboratively in locations such as the wiki and fedorahosted.org. The purposes and methods of a wiki and a CMS are often orthogonal, regardless of similarity in tool design. For this reason, do not make the mistake of thinking that one could replace the other in a meaningful way.
For information on the history and reasoning for this effort, read these entries:
Target (sub-)domains and paths
- http://fedoraproject.org*, non-wiki content:
- http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Legal (to move out of the wiki)
- http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing (to move out of the wiki)
- http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines* (to move just the guideline pages out of the wiki)
- Scope need -- mid Sep.
- List possible solutions -- 19 Dec
- Vet solutions list -- 28 Jan
- Run a test replacement for docs.fp.o -- 29 Jan?
- Hackfest to bring up docs.fp.o -- 04 Feb
- Finish -- 11 Feb
- Explore www. replacement -- 01 Mar?
- Hammer out scope list
- Vet solutions against scope requirements
- Install publictest instance
- Create a Fedora theme/skin for the app
- Roll to docs.fp.org
- Iterate bug and functionality fixes through F10 release
- Good security record
- Proactive, security minded developer community that is ...
- Highly responsive, especially to security issues
- Flexible enough auth system to attach to FAS via the json interface
- L10n that doesn't break the translator workflow
- Output for Transifex (PO/POT)
- Content workflow (write <=> edit => publish)
- Internal version control with rollback capability
- Content expiration (automatic)
- Multiple roles, e.g. writer, team lead, editor, publisher, managing editor
- Categorize/tag content for easy base organization
- Search that works
- Integrate with FAS
- Be a CMS as a core function, not an add-on
- Handle making certain pages or content areas static/non-database driven, such as for scaling during times of heavy resource demand
- Must not lock us in. Data should be portable to another CMS.
- Good WYSIWYG editor
- Easy to organize content by taxonomy, structured and ad hoc
- Support for draft->review->$foo->publish workflows
- Workflow to ship the content for l10n only at certain stages
- Workflow go back to a certain stage if a mistake/error is found in the source-language content by the translator
- Translators have a 'review' step in the workflow for translated content before it is published, so that they can see translations in context
- Modern technology with a vibrant community and likelihood of being popular beyond the next twelve months
- Good federation tools to make it easy to find disparate content through one UI
- One set of things it is great at, not be all things for all people
Other good qualities
- Be a modular design (v. monolithic)
- Have an active and large community
- Have support for DocBook
Raw list of CMS solutions that meet enough requirements
- APLAWS - https://fedorahosted.org/aplaws/ (ex Red Hat CCM)
- Drupal - http://drupal.org/
- Joomla - http://joomla.org/
- Midgard - http://www.midgard-project.org/
- Plone - http://plone.org/
- Wordpress - http://www.wordpress.org/
- SilverStripe - http://www.silverstripe.org/
Vetted list of CMS solutions to try
Team requirements for deployment and maintenance
The threads looking for a team are found here:
We are looking for a team of people who want to deploy and maintain a new CMS for the Docs Project. It may become the CMS that runs all of fedoraproject.org that is not a wiki.
Which CMS? There's the fun part. The project team picks their favorite. Best is if they are already passionate about a particular CMS solution.
Scope of work
- Deploy the installation to Fedora Infrastructure
- Maintain it as part of the Infrastructure and Websites teams
- Have experience with the CMS to be able to expand it to meet Fedora's needs, preferably as part of the upstream
- Be willing to package whatever is needed for Doc's CMS instance that isn't already in Fedora
- Work as part of a team of three or more fellow Fedorans
- No more than one of the teammates should already be busy with work in Fedora Infrastructure. The goal is to increase the pool of people, not divide it further.
- Web systems administration
- Design (graphics, CSS)
- Coding (PHP, Python, Java, etc.) in the particular CMS solution
- Some understanding of content management.