Monday, June 9, 2008

Venice 2.0 Content Management System

After a couple of months of behind the scenes work since the intial post, our Venice 2.0 web site is more or less complete. It is currently hosted on a temporary site we used for development. We will migrate it to the Venice server in the next few weeks. Its final URL will be venice2point0.org. The web site changes every time it is reloaded (try it by clicking on the "Venice 2.0" title a few times). It is a fully fledged Content Management System (CMS) based on the popular Wordpress blogging platform. A CMS allows content to be added without any programming skills, by simply making a new page or post. Everything is managed through a mySQL database backend, which is what allows us to scramble the page every time it is loaded, to keep it more interesting and to retain interest over time. It is possible that our arcitecture for the site may be adopted by other WPI Project Centers, starting with the one in Cape Town, South Africa.
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