Re: Web site app for managing "lists"
- From: OccasionalFlyer <klitwak@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:38:04 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for all the suggestions. I hope that the ISP will allow me to
add a program like this.
On Mar 11, 5:12 am, Andy Dingley <ding...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 11 Mar, 02:27, OccasionalFlyer <klit...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Does anyone know of a tool that can be added to a web site to do
most/all of this for me?
I'd suggest MediaWiki, the wiki engine behind Wikipedia.
This is a great big pile of code, but it installs easily and without
much effort on your part. Site-specific customisation, management and
presentation skinning is pretty easy and a well-worn path with lots of
guides to follow.
You now have a tool which is a free-format CMS (content management
system) with an outward facing editing interface that's closely linked
to the viewing interface. You can lock this down so that only known
users can either view or edit (sounds like public open reading,
controlled user list editing and no ability to self-create new
accounts would be what you need.)
Unlike earlier CMS, editing with a wiki looks a lot like reading with
a wiki. Most other non-wiki CMS, even blog engines, have a big
separation between "adding stories to the newsbase" and "reading the
So you now have a powerful wiki at the disposal of your organisation.
That's a good thing - there's a lot you can do with it.
As to handling lists of publications, then I'd look at MediaWiki
templates. This is how citation is handled on Wikipedia. You fill in
the slots for authors, titles, even DOIs and the formatted output is
done for you.
For auto-generation of sorted lists, look at categorization in
MediaWiki and the DPL (Dynamic Page Listing) extension. You can do a
_lot_ with this (although it's a little server hungry, so not used on
This is a complex solution. But it's complexity that you download for
free, rather than having to build yourself. Total cost of ownership is
(and buy my MediaWiki book!)
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