How to run a gnu/Linux user group website
This article explains the above in very simple terms.
It describes much like the way we have followed the development of our current website gnulinuxclub.org
Why do you require a website?
Starting 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.
How to design a site?
when 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
Like Mozilla Web composer
other powerful HTML editors are Quanta,Bluefish
You could also go for a CMS(content management system)
Some of these are PHP powered packages like Mambo,Drupal.
These 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.
All 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.
Personallyi 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.
Where to host the website?
For basic HTML based website you can get free web space from geocities.yahoo.com
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 free.
If you are working for a Gnu/Linux website you can get free web space at
swatantranet.com and nipl.net
With swatantranet you will get a backed panel to manage your web space.
While with nipl.net you will get a shell access to the server. you can login into the shell through ssh .
You can create a mysql database and start with your website using a CMS .
How to generate funds?
Why do you need funds?
You 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.
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How to get some help on website development?
When you are developing a site for a Gnu/Linux ,you are bound to get many volunteers for your website.tyo get to these volunteers ,post messages in your user group for website development volunteers.You will get volunteers for your website.
Organize then in different areas of website development like
Do delegate different job and responsibilty to team members.
You can start a mailing list which will be easy for users to track the website development
To start a mailing List you can look for google groups,which is much like a mailing list
It is very difficult to work on the site independently,so the team will be a big help to you.
What content to put at the website?
The 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 midules like the wiki and the blog section.Tou need not brings forums ,there are many forums out there, instead promote them.
All 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.