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Sent by Al Sessions on 28 January 2002 20:08


On Mon, 28 Jan 2002 18:28:12 -0500, John Bedard wrote:
>Okay, I guess I'll jump in, though I'm not the official spokesperson
>for PostNuke. :)
>
>PN is a modular content management system. I guess one of the
>benefits over it's sire, PHP-Nuke, is its modularity. From what I
>understand, PHP-Nuke code and formatting was all lumped together in
>the various files, especially when it comes to the content modules
>(news, web links, topics, FAQ, etc.). The PN folks have split that
>up and separated out the theme elements such as content block
>formatting and styles. They are still using tables for the main
>layout, and the main theme file specifies table background and text
>colors as global variables in PHP. But the individual block, header,
>footer and story layouts are handled in the theme itself. There are
>also external stylesheets, one for nn4 and another for the rest. I'm
>hopeful that I can handle most of the recoding in the theme, but
>there does seem to be some formatting still handled in the
>individual content modules.

I recently started fiddling about with a PostNuke install on an empty 
domain I only use for mail,
< www.fatuos.com >. I wanted to teach myself PHP and jumped into 
this...hell, hard to beat an idiot proof (that'd be me) install. The 
blocks and modules appealed me as an easy way to integrate a variety 
of content.

Immediately I ran into the problem of 'cookie-cutter' design. The 
themes that are available all kinda look the same. As someone 
unfamiliar with PHP I found editing them to suit my needs a little 
more difficult than I anticipated...I never did get it quite right.

Validation... I don't even want to talk about :) 

Bottom line, there are better ways to learn a language than taking 
something that uses every antique hack in the world and trying to fix
it.

>
>The reason I latched onto PN is that I am not a programmer so I
>can't feasibly "roll my own." Everything is there, everything (that
>I've encountered) works. There is a large community of module, theme
>and block developers. And it's been a great way to get exposed to
>and start learning PHP. Mostly I was getting frustrated with the
>limitations (and occasional downtimes) of Blogger.
>
>I've thought about trying out some of the other solutions like PHP-
>Nuke and phpWebsite, but I don't have that much time on my hands. :)

I think that there is a middle ground for this type of stuff. Movable
Type < http://www.movabletype.org > offers a viable solution as do a 
few others (greymatter, cafelog, etc.). Something like MT coupled 
with a PHP/MySQL ( I'm liking phpBB these days) forum offers much of 
the same functionality as a *Nuke site in a much more understandable 
(for the code illiterate, at least) package.


-- 
Al Sessions 
http://www.lifeonthedeck.com  (weblog)
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