to run a gnu/Linux user group website
article explains the above in very simple terms.
describes much like the way we have followed the development of our
current website gnulinuxclub.org
do you require a website?
with a Gnu/Linux User group, you need to have a website where you can
carry out various activities. It is easy for members to keep
themselves updated from a website where they can come to know about
activities of the group and get some technical help too.
to design a site?
working with a gnu/Linux website ,it is better to develop the website
on Gnu/Linux platform. There are many WYSIWYG(What You
See Is What You Get) type of
editors same as front page
Mozilla Web composer
powerful HTML editors are Quanta,Bluefish
could also go for a CMS(content management system)
of these are PHP powered packages like Mambo,Drupal.
are very use to use and manage. Choose a template from a no. of free
templates,change that accordingly and you are up with your website.
these CMS have a back end,where you can administrate your website
with the click of a mouse.You can add menus, change them , add
content etc .Also you can allow registered users to login and submit
content at the website .These makes you free of hassles of writing
some html code,but you might not have the same flexibility.
feel that still CMS is a better option. It saves lot of work and you
do not need to be that good website developer to maintain this.
to host the website?
basic HTML based website you can get free web space from
but you will also get different ads at geocities,which eats up some space at of your site.
Also if you require MySql and php support you cannot go to the above for
If you are working for a Gnu/Linux website you can get free web space
swatantranet.com nipl.net and govinda.no-ip.com
swatantranet you will get a backed panel to manage your web space.
with nipl.net and govinda you will get a shell access to the server. you can
login into the shell through ssh .
can create a mysql database and start with your website using a CMS .
to generate funds?
do you need funds?
need funds to co-ordinate various activities like distributing free
Cds, organizing events etc. If you have any commercial intent from
these generated funds,then these are not for you. These do take a
good time to come up and a good website with good optimizations only
can help you. there are several ad agencies like Adsense program etc.
know more about tip in improving your website ,you can catch us at
How to get some help on website development?
you are developing a site for a Gnu/Linux ,you are bound to get many
volunteers for your website.To get to these volunteers ,post
messages in your user group for website development volunteers.You
will get volunteers for your website.
then in different areas of website development like
delegate different job and responsibilty to team members.
can start a mailing list which will be easy for users to track the
start a mailing List you can look for google groups,which is much
like a mailing list
is very difficult to work on the site independently,so the team will
be a big help to you.
content to put at the website?
content at the website must be updated regularly,so that users can
find new things when they visit your website.have a look at
differrent websites and see what do they have to offer.you could work
on other modules like the wiki and the blog section. It is not necessary to
bring forums, there are many forums out there, instead promote them.
that is required is enthusiasm from Gnu/Linux volunteers.Also you
need to encourage your team so that they do not end up in a
boredrum.Request for comments from personalities regarding your
website so that you can make any required changes in your websites.