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Technical questions for imc techies and web designers

i want to build an open publishing web site but don't know how. i tried to email  technical@pdximc.org, but i got return to sender.
1) can i copy the source of an imc and just customize it?
2) php3, do i need a certain editor to work with it? I have no clue.
3) what the hell is Zobe? is zobe something i need to DL?
4)does my web host need to be running certain software?
5) are there any books you people would recomend, or imc manuals available?

thanks for your time responding to these questions.
the IMC wiki source code 23.Sep.2003 10:24

is available

check  http://twiki.org/download.html for the source and default templates of the wiki system used by IMCs.

quick responses 23.Sep.2003 12:41

pdxtech

What you've asked for is a tremendous amount of information. And, unfortunately a lot of it cannot be answered effectively without having a better idea of what you are trying to accomplish. Still, see if any of these answers helps.

1) You can see the codebases used to imc's here:  http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Devel/WebHome. I believe all are free and open source so you can download them and customize as you see fit. There are also dozens of other free and/or open source content manage systems available.  http://www.cmsinfo.org/

2) No, you do not need a certain editor for php, but not all content management systems use php. Although I think regardless of the underlying language all use some html-like syntax so that ordinary text editors can be used.

3) Do you mean Zope ( http://zope.org/)? Zope is another free CMS that's written in the python language. Some people love it, others hate it, but it's free to download and try out. It has it's own web server.

4) Odd's are, yes. Many support php which may enable you to run some content manage systems. However, all CMS's also need a database backend to store the data, you'll have to talk to your web host about that.

5) I can't offer any books or manuals, I haven't read any related to this kind of work. But there is plenty of information out there.

thanks, but i'm still lost 24.Sep.2003 02:06

simon

what will i need to have a site exactly like pdximc or say seattle imc?
what will my web host need for it to work?
is there any possible cut and paste method for making a site like this?

more responses 25.Sep.2003 13:03

pdxtech

what will i need to have a site exactly like pdximc or say seattle imc?

A content management system, a database backend, and some skill with layout.

what will my web host need for it to work?

The ability to run said content management system and database.

is there any possible cut and paste method for making a site like this?

Not that I'm aware of. The IMC content management systems are not the easiest to use. It would probably be easier to try and use a more popular CMS and simply imitate the layout of an IMC (which are all different anyway, and prone to change). As someone who worked on the redesign of this site, I can tell you the process took months and the information cannot be easily condensed. Perhaps if you were more clear about what your goals are people could offer more help.