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Expert advice on big project!

Hello, as a webdeveloper new to tikiwiki, I would like to get some advice on how to set up a sitestructure. I am the head developer of studenten.net (approx 30 sites, 7 million hits/month, 200.000 regged users), and maintenance started to get a real problem. Therefore I went on a search for a replacement CMS package, and found tikiwiki.lol

As a pilot I would like to renew a recently bought site (www.studieportal.nl), with the main elements being:Calender, News, Cities, Educationlevel,Institutions,Faculties and Studies.

All advice on the next questions is appricated!

1: Where do I put the main elements like Cities, Institutions etc etc? should I put everything in Catagories?

2: How to build the structure?
Every city as one or more institutions
Every institution has a education level and faculties
Every faculty had studies
How are they linked together

3: How to create a userinterface for Institutions so the can administor their information (only news,Calander, and detail information, no structural changes)

(as a attachement a premature screenshot of studieportal.nl)

Catalan Countries

Hi Lenn:

Welcome.

> 1: Where do I put the main elements like Cities, Institutions etc etc? should I put everything in Catagories?
Yes, category system is the way to go.

> 2: How to build the structure?
> Every city as one or more institutions
> Every institution has a education level and faculties
> Every faculty had studies
> How are they linked together
You can do this by hand (using category system). Or you try using "workspaces" (new and promising feature in Tikiwiki 1.10, but usable in 1.9.x as a Mod, under the name: "AulaWiki" -> see it though links and information in http://edu.tikiwiki.org )

> 3: How to create a userinterface for Institutions so the can administor their information (only news,Calander, and detail information, no structural changes)
Manually. Or if you use Workspaces (AulaWiki), then menus are handled in a more efficient way. However, it's not well documented yet, but if you are coder, you'll understand the potential of use looking at the code, I guess. :-)
As far a the author, Javier Reyes - jreyes - told me recently ago, a menu from the higher level workspace, could include dynamically items from the menus from the lower level and child workspaces...

Good luck, and hope to hear about your progress in such big installation! :-)
(or even helping improve AulaWiki and worksapces!)

Cheers,
xavi


> (as a attachement a premature screenshot of studieportal.nl)

Hello Xavi,

Thanks for the response.

I was already wondering around on the different sites and found the WikiPluginsDb, which seemed also very interesting, but is not maintained for a long time.

I guess I will try the Aula wiki first thing tomorrow. ( My finalthesis was about reseaching a model for a european networked university (mENU) where I concluded that the EML from the open universty of Holland should be used (eml.ou.nl) , so I am very curious about the possibilites)

Anyways, correct me if i am wrong but i believe this are the steps to be taking:

Build catagories
Create & build aulawiki environment
Build menu
Build templates
Bring site live ;)

Greetz,

Thomas

Catalan Countries

Hi Thomas:

> Hello Xavi,
>
> Thanks for the response.
Welcome

> I was already wondering around on the different sites and found the WikiPluginsDb, which seemed also very interesting, but is not maintained for a long time.

Yes, I was very interested on the dev. of Yannick Mayoros... (I found a bug stopper, whicih nobody could fix, years ago, and I stopped playing with it, but definitively it's promising stuff!)

> I guess I will try the Aula wiki first thing tomorrow. ( My finalthesis was about reseaching a model for a european networked university (mENU) where I concluded that the EML from the open universty of Holland should be used (eml.ou.nl) , so I am very curious about the possibilites)

Very interesting... :-)

> Anyways, correct me if i am wrong but i believe this are the steps to be taking:
>
> Build catagories
> Create & build aulawiki environment
> Build menu
> Build templates
> Bring site live ;)

If you go the AulaWiki (Workspaces) way, then the order is:

  1. Create & build aulawiki environment
    (they create the categories, even if you may not like the default names created byu aulawiki Mod, because of the prefix attached to them, then)
  2. Build menu (probably one for all of the same group of items: cities, faculties, )
  3. Build templates
  4. Bring site live ;)


AulaWiki 0.6 is going to be released very soon (this week?), and I wonder which improvements to permission handling (and documentation) will be included, from the ones announced by Javier Reyes, AulaWiki author)

If you go the manual way, then the order is:

  1. Build catagories
  2. Build menus (probably, one for each city, faculty, ...),
  3. Build templates
  4. Bring site live ;)


> Greetz,
>
> Thomas
>
Good luck,
(and please, inform about your progression... I'm very interested in seing such a site in action)

Xavi

P.D: Read the http://doc.tikiwiki.org for information about creating structures, playing with categories, etc. And if you don't find a page on a subject there, try searching for the same subject in tw.o pages.


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