MAYO website development

Submitted by rjzaar on August 23, 2015 - 6:15am

If you are interested in web development than this group is for you!

We run our own server (linode.com) and have root access to it, which means we have total control of the server. This website is running on that server.

If you want to help out there are many different types of skills that are useful. 

RUNNING THE WEBSITE

We use DRUPAL, particularly the Openatrium version of it. You can download and run this yourself using acquia dev desktop which can be downloaded at: https://www.acquia.com/downloads  You will then need to set up a new openatrium site. If you have any questions, join this group and post a question on the discussion board. Many tasks can be done without needing to work on ther server itself or needing to know HTML or CSS.

WORKING ON THE SERVER ITSELF

Our website runs on ubuntu which is a form of LINUX. We use a server version which means there is no windows, but it is only command line. To learn how to use the command line code academy has an online course, so start with that: https://www.codecademy.com/courses/learn-the-command-line 

This will allow you to keep the server up to date and help improve how the server works, eg set up auto backups.

IMPROVING THE LOOK OF THE SITE

Creating a new logo is really a matter of using Illustrator or Photoshop or its open source equivalents such as GIMP and Inkscape (free software). If you really want to work on improving how the site looks in more detail you will need to learn HTML and CSS. You can do this at w3schools. Then you will need to learn how to 'skin' or 'theme' a drupal 7 site. There are also many youtube videos out there to help you.

If you have any questions then post on the discussion board.