Multisite Analysis and Design Framework
Throttle-Status shows a critical analysis of Postnuke Multisite Scalability. Canada Ads Horses is out of the gate and pushing to catch up to the third genertion sequence demonstrated by Toronto. Reiteration improvements outlined briefly at this advancement describe the actual start date of the fourth generation sequence.
Lethbridge improved considerably as a direct database dump transfer over the previous second generation original creation Edmonton Work Wanted in the transfer to the Linux Guru domain. The main fault and subsequent end of life for municipality based linux advocacy and teaching sites arose from being replicated too much like the original.
First generation analysis of Swingerz was and still is the origin of thought for further analysis of multisite design. Each surviving platform gives clues as to what can be expected from the next generation. With a Black Diamond arriving in the heart of cowboy country this forth generation prototype takes its first cautious steps towards easy country living.
She's running the latest Regina post apocolyptic armagedon core. It consists of a highly customizable and extendable admin modular interface. The armagedon core prototype is slated to start undergoing basic sql preparations for advanced graphical user interface considerations almost immediatly.
Even in it's earliest infancy the post apocolyptic armagedon core proved invaluable in singular module replication affecting over three hundred websites with a one percent non-catastrophic failure rate. The armagedon core was in essence responsible for bringing the ads22Transfer.sql file to life after dump and proves that other data reiteration ideologies for Multisites are only hypothetical. Par for the reusable and simplistic module NS-MySQL_Tools
The practicality of of generating a large index of Multisites in one intall routine remains well tried according to this article. The data processed by the failure of the second generation reiteration concatenated with sequential envolution1-20 dot linuxguru.ca predisposed any notions of any glitzy bells and whistle transfers in the future. Neither is hand instantiation an option as evidenced in the heretofore previously mentioned article. It was the beginning of an unanswered and even unthought of question though.
It had something to do with creating an acceptable amount of content and community at an acceptable rate within standards applied by society. I find that having tried the blogging regression theories presented at this Drupal thread that I am still undergoing analysis of this project. The scope of my blogging content dissemination and aggregation theories reached a pitch with this announcement and slowly died an aggregating and aggravating RSS plague of duplicate destruction cumulating with the recinding of backend.php files from all root web directories.
With the creation of another advanced portal, very much like this one in many respects I continue to explore the bounds of Multisite
Generated on January 23, 2006.
pnSEO - Postnuke Search Engine Optimization: Strategies and Methods
is not right. When I was reading an article in postnuke forum, the term seo came up. That's the time I started working on pnSEO.
I implemented some strategies one Sat. morning at 9:00am and have a tour of Washington DC. When I came back at 11pm, the ranking jumped from page 13 to page 1. What a surprise!
The following are the strategy I developed for promoting CCUS. Hope it is helpful and useful.
Read this: http://www.google.com/webmasters/seo.html
2. Attitude: technique and marketing 20/80
Marketing is crucial to the success of your web site. pnSEO is part of marketing.
I would guess most people in pnCommunity will be like me: technical. Work on technical and enjoy to be technical. We may have spent 80% of our time on technical side. Setup the site, upgrade, add new functions, customization. Make the site look nice. But that's not the most important.
Do you have this experience: you work hours or days to add one module or add one function, or improve the interfaces, but no users are actually cared about it at all. This happened to me many times.
Before you start working on your web sites, think about effective and efficient. You are smart and hardworking, you maybe efficient, but are you working on the right thing (effective)?
Now 80% of the time should be spent on marketing. Start with pnSEO first.
The following strategies are listed in the order of importance in my understanding.
SEO 1: SITEMAPS and Google Sitemaps.
This is the #1 strategy you should adopt. If you cannot do anything else, do this one.
It will overcome the shortcomings of CMS or dynamic sites such as Postnuke for search engines. It will let search engines to understand how your site is accessed by visitors.
"If your site has dynamic content or pages that aren't easily discovered by following links, you can use a Sitemap file to provide information about the pages on your site. This helps the spiders know what URLs are available on your site and about how often they change." -- google.com
1.1 Create sitemap using google sitemap generator.
. Setup a schedule to resubmit your sitemap to google.
1.2 Use snakeseo to generate sitemap for Postnuke site.
SEO 2. use ShortURL and Remove session ID
Even yahoo.com is using short URLs. See http://news.yahoo.com/s/latimests/middleclassexilesstruggleforafoothold
2.1 Use shortURLs.
2.2 Enable Xnathia theme and enable shortURLs.
2.3 Remove session IDs from your postnuke site.
SEO 3. Title and Metadata
The page title weighs heavily in the algorithms of all the major search engines, so be prepared to spend some time on it.
Page title should be accurate, keywords-rich.
Do not include stop words (and, the, a etc.) in the title. That just wastes space.
Meta tags may not be important as before. However, some search engines still looks at meta tags.
3.1 use pnTitle to make page title relevant to the page content
3.2 use pnMeta
3.3 use Xanthia theme
SEO 4: Directory submission
4.1 Submit to ODP
4.2 Submit to Yahoo
4.3 Submit to other directory services
4.4 Submit to all kinds of search engines
SEO 5. Exchange links with top PR (page rankingweb sites. (LINK100)
5.1 use Web Links module as a repository for all external web links
5.2 Find similiar sites using keywords. We use 'Chinese Community'. ALso try using "Suggest a Link + your keywords"
5.3 Request the webmasters to include anchor text, title that reflect the keywords you are promoting
e.g. Chinese Community
instead of http://www.ChineseCommunity.us
SEO 6. Publish Blogs.
Expand the existence of your web sites in the world wide web. Let it appear in as many places as possible.
6.1 Yahoo - http://360.yahoo.com
6.2 Google - blogger.com
6.3 MSN - spaces.msn.com
6.4 CCUS - blog.chinesecommunity.us
SEO 7: RSS (feeds) submission
SEO 8. Write and Submit articles to many sites, forums, discussions.
Write down the techniques, tips, strategies, experience you have into articles. In your artciles, you can have some links to your web sites. Also your website and keywords as part of your profile.
8.1 postnuke.com. Get involved with pnCommunity. Contribute your knowledge, experience, thoughts to the growth of the community.
SEO 9. Develop modules/utilities for others to use.
9.1 Join pnCommunity to contribute
9.2 Put your module and URL on their web sites.
SEO 10: Page design
Try to develop some common sense that will help search engines.
10.1 All web links inside have titles and appropriate anchor text
example: ChineseCommunity.us should be changed as
Chinese Community .us
Why? Title include some keywords I am promoting for Chinese Community.us. Anchor text has "Chinese Community" as keywords. Search engines are very sensitive to title text and anchor text.
10.2 All images should include descriptive, keyword-rich alt text.
Don't make it very long though.
10.3 Internal links
1) Every page on your site should link to at least one other page.
2) Include anchor text and title text for your internal links. They should contain appropriate keywords you are promoting.
go to <a href="http://www.chinesecommunity.us" title="Chinese Community">Chinese Personal
Generated on September 10, 2005.
pnAddons.com Under New Management, Soundwebdev.com Opens
his new project: soundwebdev.com. The transfer and move is amicable and all involved are looking forward to their new projects.
pnAddons will continue to host all of Harry's old projects including zClassifieds and most of the hacks and blocks. Alex will do his best to support the users of these projects. Alex had this to say about the future of pnAddons: "I dont plan to change many things at pnAddons. Actually for some time [I'll change] nothing. In the future the site will continue the same line of postnuke development and probably I will just add new content to it and a postnuke sites portofolio."
Soundwebdev.com will be the new home of future pnBloodhound development and support as well as other projects including pnMyGuide and pnCopilot. Sound Web Development is a Postnuke-centered hosting and development company. Please consider soundwebdev.com for your postnuke-hosting needs!
Thank you to the pnAddons community for your past and ongoing support and loyalty. Please continue to support both pnAddons.com
Generated on April 14, 2005.
PostNuke Afrikaans Translation
completed and the following third party modules are in progress; Subjects, PostSchedule, Weather, zClassifieds, phPro and myeGallery.
Downloads are available from PostNuke.co.za (register).
Alle standaard modules is voltooi en die volgende derde party modules in ek tans besig mee; Subjects, PostSchedule, Weather, zClassifieds, phPro en myeGallery.
Jy kan dit aflaai by PostNuke.co.za (registreer).
Generated on February 24, 2005.
Getting really close...
Anyone have a suggestion for an OpenSource Dating and an OpenSource Classifieds module that will work with PN v.7.2.3 or .7.2.6?
Those are the only two additional modules I would like to add at this time
Generated on August 1, 2003.
PostNuke CMS Make E-commerce Websites Affordable
istie said. “So I started planning my site by analyzing how sites keep me coming back. Good content is the primary draw, but what else?”
Analyzing Website Assets and Annoyances
After a few days of surfing her favorite haunts and examining sites she’d let fall by the wayside, Christie came up with a laundry list of characteristics that she liked: short, easy to remember and descriptive site name; clear focus and organization; easy navigation; free and meaty content; plus links to additional resources.
She also identified a number of annoyances that sent her running to another site: multiple broken links, signup required to access content, popup ads, outdated content, poor navigation and/or search capability. And her number one complaint—locking you onto the site by disabling the browser back button!
Website Do’s and Don’ts
Then she went one step further and read numerous articles on what other people look for. “These articles strongly influenced not only what features were incorporated, but where they are placed,” Christie said. “For example, privacy and the ability to contact a real person are top priorities for many site visitors. So I placed both in the top navigation bar for easy access.”
She also discovered that the best sites are designed to involve visitors—to invite them to contribute content, give feedback, voice their opinions, and exchange information with and help each other. “To improve the ‘stickiness’ of the site, we expanded our plan to include a forum, polls, contributing content, free classifieds and a job bank. I also redesigned my e-newsletter tone to make it more personal, as well as to make subscribers come to the site to read the full story or fill out an opinion poll.”
Custom Development Gone Wrong
After talking to several Web developers, Christie chose a developer offering a custom designed PHP solution using SQL databases to store thousands of stories and favorite links. However, two months into the project, it became evident that the developer didn’t have adequate programming staff to launch the site within the promised three-month schedule. Unfortunately, Christie felt she had few alternatives. “I’d already spent hundreds of hours working on the site design and adding thousands of favorite links and articles to the database—work that would be lost if I changed vendors.”
Three months later and one week before launch, the site went down. The next day it was still offline, even the backend admin area. Then the dreaded call came: hackers had broken into the server hosting facility. “What about the backup? I asked.”
“The last backup file was corrupted,” was the answer. A two-month old zip file didn’t match the current software version, making site restoration almost impossible—but they said they would try. “At this point, I lost all confidence in the developer—not to mention over five-thousand records I’d uploaded,” Christie said.
Searching for a New Solution
Christie wasn’t sure what to do. “I couldn’t afford the time or money to start coding the site from scratch. I knew I would be shopping for champagne on a beer pocketbook of $5,000,” Christie said. “But I didn’t want to compromise unless I had to.”
Christie began searching online for a new developer. Soon, one of the people she contacted emailed her a slew of probing questions.
What kind of site do you need developed?
How did you choose PHP?
Is an admin interface required?
Do you need to manage banner ads?
What are your support requirements after implementation?”
“I felt like I was taking a test,” Christie said. “But the quality of his inquiries gave me confidence this person wanted to clearly understand the scope of the project, as well as my level of expertise to manage the site.”
Soon Christie scheduled a meeting with Scott Kroeger, owner of Hudson Avenue Technologies in Omaha NE, to discuss the challenges of launching such a complex site on a limited budget. After Christie reviewed her well-documented site map and specifications with Kroeger, he recommended a proven and supported open source content management system (CMS): PostNuke.
“Many developers start coding right away,” Kroeger said. “Since my background is in integration, I get more excited about finding open source software, figuring out how the code works and then using my technical skills and coding to make the modules work together. This way I don’t have to spend a lot of time programming from scratch and debugging code.”
Integrating/Customizing Open Source Solutions
The two biggest challenges Kroeger faced with the PostNuke implementation were finding a site search solution and providing unique page layout capabilities for each major category or page.
“Linda wanted the flexibility of using html blocks to handle the bulk of the content,” Kroeger said. “However, PostNuke only searches major modules, not html pages. To resolve this issue, I integrated a PostNuke module called Content Express. This module provides the site with a very friendly admin interface for adding html pages and controlling the site navigation, as well as a search engine for html pages.”
Unique block/page configuration for additional pages isn’t supported by a single PostNuke install. By examining other PostNuke site installations and reading forum discussions, Kroeger quickly figured out that multiple PostNuke installs would work around the page layout problem and provide complete control over the subsite blocks.
“A PostNuke subsite is an additional installation of PostNuke within the ‘main’ PostNuke installation,” Kroeger said. “For example, if the main PostNuke installation is installed under ‘/htdocs/postnuke’, a subsite would be installed under ‘/htdocs/postnuke/subsite1’. So my challenge was to figure out how to make all 28 installs talk to each other by modifying what database tables each subsite looked at. I configured the subsites to maintain their own block layouts—thus each major topic category or subsite/page can be laid out uniquely. Also, Content Express wasn’t built for multi-site configuration, so I had to figure out what it was doing to know how to integrate it for the multi-site solution.”
To complete the site, Kroeger integrated free PostNuke modules to provide an ezine, forum, job bank, and banner/ad management. “Within two weeks, I was laying out pages and uploading data.” Christie said. “And by the end of two months the DoctorVAR.com site I’d dreamed about was up—within my $5,000 budget and without sacrificing one feature or requirement. The only software I had to purchase was a classified ads module and shopping cart for $59, plus a $30 theme. The rest of the software was free.”
Kroeger added, “Because Linda had educated herself on Website design and defined the site specifications so well, I knew clearly from the start what was expected. This made my job much easier, which combined with my open source integration strategy, saved her a lot of time and money.”
The flexibility, performance, and ease of administration of the DoctorVAR.com implementation is a testament to how robust and cost effective open source content management systems are for supporting robust e-commerce Websites.
For additional information about DoctorVAR.com visit their Web site at http://www.doctorvar.com.
DoctorVAR.com Website Content/Stickiness Articles
DoctorVar Web Presence Articles
Web Marketing & E-Commerce http://www.wilsonWeb.com/
Apromotionguide.com - Free Website promotion tutorial http://apromotionguide.com/
Content Express (PostNuke Module)http://pn.arising.net/ce/
WhatsNews (PostNuke ezine module)http://nuke-modules.gading.de/
phpAdsNew (open source ad server)http://www.phpadsnew.com/one/
phpBB (open source bulletin board) http://www.phpbb.com/
phProfession (PostNuke job bank module) http://www.phpsolutions.co.uk/index.php
Linda Freeman is a freelance writer based in Omaha NE.
Generated on March 15, 2003.
PBXINFO.com is now powered by PostNuke! Out with Netobjects in with the new.
Post Nuke had a much more defined vision and was going for it. I like the small community and how informative and responsive it is.
Our PBX community seem to embrace the new features and design fairly well. Our old site was built using Netobjects you can view it here
It literally took 20 minutes to get the site installed and working!
Syndicate our news is a very cool feature.
We are on PN 7.0.3 soon to be upgrading when the modules catch up with compatibility.
Here are the Mods on our site:
(Most are working ;)
Message Board: PN_phpBB14
Version : 0.6.8
Instant message client for your Postnuke private messages
CrackNuke Software (Jon Allen)] Version : 0.1.2
CrackNuke Classifieds Module
dogdoo.net Journals Module
[Shannon Brooks] Version : 9.9d
Allows users to have journals.
Ephemerids Admin [Francisco Burzi] Version : 1.2
A 'This day in history' type module.
EZCMS [View/run module] [Bob Brown] Version : 2.0.1
Easy Content Creator
Glossary [View/run module] [Richard Tirtadji] Version : 1.1
Its show glossary that allow user to understand some abbreviation in the websites
Guestbook [View/run module] [Richard Tirtadji] Version : 2.1
Guestbook for PostNuke
Monthly News Archives [View/run module] [Michael Meyer - The PostNuke Project] Version : 1.5a
Displays archives of the news in a monthly fashion
NukeAddOnInstall [View/run module] Version :
PostCalendar [View/run module] [The PostCalendar Team] Version : 2.55
PostNuke Calendar Module
Semantics [View/run module] [Chad Kraeft / Francisco Burzi / Richard Tirtadji] Version : 2.0
Semantics Dictionary System for PostNuke Rogue .7
Subjects [View/run module] [Jaroslaw Gilewski] Version : 1.0b2
Displays Subjects on Site
Version : 0.22
Member Points Module
Version : 2.1
Weather information capture from MSNBC based on Meteo Live 1.0
Feel free to check us out or sindicate our news
Generated on April 6, 2002.
Trueque: Open Classified System is born!
none. The only script (open) that I liked was an auction system (http://www.phpauction.org). Probably the reason is that since classifieds are supposed to make money nobody wants to release one for free... who knows.
Therefore, I kinda forked phpauction, (in reality just modified it a bit here and there), and made it my classified system. Still is pretty rough around the edges, but it works, and I think that if enough bodies work on it, it can be made a nice piece of software.
It could even be made a PostNuke Plugin! However, I must admit my first priority will be to make it a good piece of software, and only then make it a plugin if anyone desires.
So hop in!. Development will follow the PostNuke way: Open to serious developers who want to help. I know my limitations, so if anyone out there wants to be a leader mysql guy, fine!, same for html, css, etc. The objective is to create a fine (open) classified system written in PHP.
Code is in CVS at sourceforge. I hope enough people are interested in making it a great piece of software, if not I'll have to stumble alone ;-(
Generated on November 17, 2001.
PHPClassifieds v6.02 PostNuke Module
Generated on September 1, 2001.
phpNuke and PostNuke drawbacks....
(minus DB mods). This is whre myPHPNuke excels, at integrating modules from the get go, they come packaged with the distribution.
Just to appease everyone who might question my methodology, I went through and installed phpBB, phorum and Cyboards (using the ones listed on this site) and none of these forum modules installed without a major fight and they didn't feel integrated (phpNuke is in the same boat - maybe worse with all the bugs).
Lets take it from the top. My preference is phpBB, I don't know why but it is. The 1.4 integration from many of the great hacks out there is still, well, not that good unless your a php developer and the integration of admin is dismal. My next choice was Phorum and again, the same frustrations as phpBB.
Over time, I really started liking Cyboards but, development of this module has been slooowwww and you could never get a good CVS build that was later than 1.1, I wanted 1.25. Cyboards also has a seperate options area that should be mostly filled out by what's already captured in the system vs having users fill it out again on the options page.
I know this may seem nit-picky but, there are many of us who consider Forums as part of the base and shouldn't have to fight to get this functionality. The rest of the shortcomings with the other modules I can live with but, not with the forums situation.
I believe the road that the developers of myPHPNuke are taking makes the migration to a CMS much easier to tollerate for non developers. Yes, I'm not a developer and neither are the visitors to my site. They do good just getting their PC's turned on (LOL). To me, it makes sense to choose a set of base modules and make them work well with a distribution of Nuke. This may seem unfair to the other module developers but, if their module is best of class or it's easier to integrate, then they should be the beneficiaries of that hard work. If someone else creates a better mousetrap, then it will be discovered quickly and communicated within this tight and verbal community.
I can only hope that this post makes a difference in the thinking of either the module developers or with the developers of this version of Nuke. I'm not afraid of rolling up my sleves and contributing but, I don't want to custom hack every module to work correctly with the system. One idea that I will submit to the maintainers of this great Nuke variant for a forums idea is to use what you already have in the base system to develop a basic forums system. You already have most of the code within the news posting and comments code to cobble together a decent integrated forums system. It would just need some tweaking to operate within a forums framework and it would make a great addtion to the base code. If someone wanted more functionality then there is the modules approach with phpBB, Phorum, Cyboards and others.
Thanks for listening,
P.S. Just to prove I'm not afraid of helping, I just release a couple of good hacks for myPHPNuke, a classifieds based off the Yellowpages in the distribution and hacking the Newsportal scripts to integrate well with this Nuke distro. One last thing, this may seem petty but another thing that made me switch back was that myPHPNuke supports (as an option) MD5 encryption of passwords which I prefer since that's portable between PHP on Linux and Winders. I asked for this MD5 feature in MPN about 6 or so months ago and these great guys hacked that into the base system. With PHP and Post Nuke, I had to go through and rehack this every time a new distro became available.
niceguyeddie writes -- Follow-up note -- I think you are going to miss out on the new users system then. It is MD5 based security. Think of it this way, would you want us to hack in the system just as a temp fix, or work on actually developing a permenant solution? That's why we haven't included MD5 based solution as of yet.
Also, our development is completely open. All it takes is to send me your SF users login, and join the mailing list. I always listen, albeit maybe not implement every idea that comes across.
Anyway, thanks for the comments:
Generated on August 18, 2001.