As I mentioned in the previous post I had my custom CMS site reasonably functional. From that time as I worked with the director, I found out that they were using a CMS system already. No point in trying to reinvent the wheel as it’s said. It’s called Sohoadmin and it works pretty well all things considered. I would not call it that user friendly, but seeing as I am doing volunteer work I don’t want to spend 2-3 months creating my own thing that I would also then have to provide technical support to in the future.
It’s been an interesting process so far getting them where they need to be. The person who they were working with before isn’t very motivated to help them and it was showing (he hosts the server too). I wanted to get Sohoadmin upgraded to the newest version, but when he tried to do that it did not work correctly resulting in me sticking some band aids on the site to get it somewhat functional again.
Now we are to the point that we bought our own hosting and are in the process of getting the .org name transfered to us. We have the site completely functional with the .net name, but seeing as the .org has been advertised so much it’s best that we use that instead.
Eventually I foresee this organization I am volunteering at being able to be in control of their own web presence. It should save them a lot of time and heart ache by cutting out the middle man.
I recently started working on my CMS site again. I want to get it completed just for the fun of it. Right now I have the article functionality about half way there. Next up would be the image gallery functionality. Onward!