Flexible Content Management System


Introducing Your PostNuke Steering Committee

Contributed by on Oct 06, 2005 - 05:05 AM

The six members of the PostNuke Steering Committee are:

Simon Birtwistle [HammerHead]

Simon has been working with PostNuke for over three years now. Originally using PostNuke for a simple, personal website running on the .722 release Simon now runs a number of PostNuke websites for different organizations including the Scout Association. His personal website, although out of date, houses developments such as pnStatus and also copies of documentation written for the project. In real life, Simon is a student, fortunately leaving ample time for his volunteer work with PostNuke, mainly centering on the pnForums and documentation, most prominently in the pnGuide. Simon has been a team member since the summer of 2003.

Frank Schummertz [landseer]

Frank started with PostNuke more than 2.5 years ago when working on pnCommerce. In the meantime his portfolio also contains Formicula, MultiHook, pnMenu and last but not least pnForum and the pn_bbclick / pn_bbcode / pn_bbsmile / pn_highlight hooks in their latest incarnation. Frank has been part of the Development team since 2004.

Franz Skaaning [franz.skaaning]

Franz originally started working with PostNuke around the time of the .722 release. Since then, he has started a number of PostNuke related developments, these include modules such as xFPDF and xRSS and his themes, releasing a total of 13. His presonal site, has over 100 visitors a day looking for support and downloads. Franz joined the PostNuke team a year ago to help out with communication, but outside of his volunteer work provides both PostNuke related and other services.

Franky Chestnut [chestnut]

Franky Chestnut has been using PostNuke since the 0.6x series but got more involved in the 0.7x series. Along with, his personal blog and development site, he is also the administrator of the official French website: In real life, Frank is working as a developer for a family-owned business creating software solutions for music publishers. He has been part of the Core Development Team since July 2004.

Anecdote : Although not even his real name, Franky added the "y" to the Frank because there was already too many Franks when he got hooked on PostNuke.

Robert Gasch [rgasch]

Robert has a Computer Science background and has been working on large-scale systems for more than 10 years. He considers himself a pragmatic open-source believer for both practical as well as philosophical reasons who brings with him tangible experience using 10+ programming languages on various platforms in a variety of settings.

Professionally, he has filled diverse roles ranging from being a Unix software engineer for a major RDBMS vendor to an ERP technical & performance specialist for a major ERP vendor to being lead-consultant on multi-million Dollars/Euros eBusiness enterprise implementations utilizing technologies such as Java and WebLogic/WebSphere. Robert has been working with PostNuke for almost 3 years and is the driving force behind the development effort.

Joerg Napp [jn]

Jörg started with PostNuke 3 years ago when looking for a nice Content Management System. In the meantime he developed EZComments,the Title Hack and some other Hacks. He also adopted the Static_Docs module.

The PostNuke Steering Committee has initially identified 3 areas on which we will be focusing our attention.

PostNuke Site Redesign

The work on the new site is being pushed forward and has been given priority. We aim to finish this project as soon as possible, improving the usability and value of the website to both new and experienced users.


We will aim to post periodic updates on the project's progress to keep you more informed of the work behind the scenes, which is not always easily seen. Additionally, you can now contact the Steering Committee through the contact form on each PostNuke subsite to raise any specific queries you may have, though the forums should still be used where possible.


Shortly an update on development towards .8 will be published giving an overview of the development progress so far and what remains to be done. This will not include timelines, but should give an approximate idea as to how far along the road to .8 we are at this time.