On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Aaron Coburn <acob...@amherst.edu> wrote:
> As for the website, I agree that some design work would be really useful. I
> am assuming that ASF would provide a hosting arrangement, i.e. a domain like
> vcl.apache.org? Would that also include server space to run any type of CMS?

Yes, ASF hosts all project websites and provides server space.
If/when we graduate, the podling website will be moved to
vcl.apache.org.  Apache provides a CMS but it is up to the community
whether to use it or something else as long as the content is static.
More info is here:

> Confluence is a nice all-in-one package, though if you are considering a
> complete overhaul of the site, I could also recommend a system like Drupal
> (MySQL + PHP). Drupal has a lot of bells and whistles that can make for a
> very nice, highly interactive site. The downside of drupal is that it is not
> specifically designed to handle software documentation. On the other hand,
> if we only need to serve static html pages that focus on documentation, etc,
> I can also recommend Sphinx. The downside of Sphinx is that it is really
> best for Python and C++ projects, and it doesn't support web-based updates
> -- it does create excellent sites, though.

I also like Drupal but don't think it can be used due to the static
requirement.  We actually use this for NCSU's VCL front page.

I'm not familiar with Sphinx.  It looks like at least one other
project is using Sphinx:


On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 7:54 AM, Aaron Peeler <fapee...@ncsu.edu> wrote:
> Yes, I agree the site needs to be updated. I'm fine to move to ASF
> CMS, especially if this the future direction.
> Aaron
> On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Andy Kurth <andy_ku...@ncsu.edu> wrote:
>> The Apache VCL project website (https://cwiki.apache.org/VCL) could
>> use some improving.  It is automatically generated from the Confluence
>> wiki site (https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/VCL/Apache+VCL).
>>  I'm not sure exactly how this works but some things have never worked
>> quite right... small details such as the left nav bar not showing up.
>> I'd like to start reworking the site and would like ideas/help from
>> anyone interested.  The first step would be to decide on an underlying
>> platform/CMS.  I have nothing against Confluence but the ASF is moving
>> away from it in favor of the "ASF Content Management System".  More
>> information is here:
>> http://www.apache.org/dev/cms.html
>> http://www.apache.org/dev/cmsref.html
>> Tools have been written to assist in migrating from Confluence to the
>> ASF CMS.  See the bottom of the wiki page:
>> http://wiki.apache.org/general/ApacheCms2010
>> At first glance this seems like a logical path to pursue.  Thoughts?
>> -Andy
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