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Structure of pages

Anyone have some insight into how we are going to want to structure the content for this wiki ? For example, the Localization page is linked from the Main page, but at the moment, it is ambiguous in that some localization related information is contained in subpages so to say, while other information is contained on the Localization page itself. I haven't spend much time working on wiki's before, so it would be interesting if someone with a bit more knowledge, or a bit more common sense would be able to give some pointers concerning this. It might also be interesting to create a page specifically as an introduction as to how to structure content.

Bart.vandendriessche 09:19, 6 December 2006 (CET)

I also see the need to improve the site structure. I think we should reduce the size of the main page a bit such that a logical navigation structure remains. I have started to do this today by moving some things and creating new pages. The list of available modules and the list of third party integration howtos are now in their own pages. I expect them to grow and the Main page would get less and less legible if we added all new items to it.

I added a Section "Trouble Shooting" which was missing. I would like to see this section answer/link to threads about important and recurring questions from the mailing list. The frequent ones could as well go into the FAQ (which I just discovered yesterday, the link is somewhat unfortunately placed at the left navigation, but I did not notice it there, may be it's not just me but also the newbies, and the FAQ link should be placed somewhere else on the Main page).

There are quite a lot of links to unwritten pages in the administration section on the left side. Those could be reduced. (I think they are unwritten because it's not attractive to anyone to create that sort of screenshot-based documentation already available in the OpenCms book. But I think it's worth to add information which is missing in the book: why are things as they are, background information and good examples and best practice recommendations. Our aim should be to make the Wiki the place with the best available documentation on OpenCms.)

User:Cschoenfeld 6 December 2006 (CET)

I have added a link to the FAQ on the frontpage: "If you are a newbie you should take a look at the OpenCms FAQ."

Jan 14:08, 7 December 2006 (CET)

Here is my suggestion regarding Jan's proposal to restructure the front page: it could be divided into sections based on the different groups of visitors.

  • Users
  • Administrators
  • Developers

Each item in this list should include a short explanation and link to the most important subsections. The start page for each group of readers should contain

  • required knowledge
  • how to get started
  • the concepts and tasks in this area
  • where to get help
  • where to find documentation
  • how to handle problems
  • best practices

We could start doing that by introducing just the small list of group links (Users, Administrators, Developers) at the top of the main page and move things into the subsections step by step.

Cschoenfeld 11:17, 12 December 2006 (CET)
I would also propose to use that division also in the URLs of the different pages, i.e.:
- Users/Introduction Users/Workplace...
- Admin/Installation Admin/Performance_tuning...
- Devel/Environment Devel/Modules Devel/Debugging...
It will be a little difficult at first, but i think that will clarify the wiki structure.
--Hnzekto 09:41, 13 December 2006 (CET)

I added a new page: New_Main_Page which we can use as a sandbox for restructuring the frontpage. We should use the category function of mediawiki to restructure the content, take a look at the mediawiki homepage:

Jan 22:58, 13 December 2006 (CET)

type IDs

Hello all,

a (at least to me) major problem is the missing registrar for type IDs (which, as you all know, must be unique within an installation). I suggest adding a WIKI subsection where we can "register" IDs. It will be inoffical as long as Alcacon won't take over the responsibility, but in the meantime, this may ease the potential problems.

We could split the number range into sections used by / reserved for Alcacon (aka "the OpenCms product"), other publically available modules, and a "private" section of IDs that we can repeatedly use for development and/or site-internal modules.

Does anyone mind such a section or does something alike already exist?

Regards, Jens

Hi, i added a new page for this. Look at List_of_Resourcetype_IDs.

--Ben 22:53, 6 October 2011 (CEST)


New member here, never used a wiki before, so please don't hesitate to email me if I'm doing something wrong!

Just learning openCMS but fast to learn and i have plenty of insight into making this software easier for beginners.

I'll try to discuss sections that need updating but could use some technical help when i can not access the IRC chatroom.

Any suggestions or questions for me, I'm here to help, so any help i can be for newbies let me know, i love to write long-winded explanations

Basic content editing guide?

Is there a guide for basic content editing anywhere?

We have an OpenCMS installation all set up. We have some non-web-expert people who need to be trained in basic content editors.

From a quick look I can't see suitable documentation on the wiki or elsewhere for that matter.

Maybe Explorer view page was intended to be a starting point

-- Harry Wood 14:25, 3 September 2008 (CEST)

Great work. Where to ask questions?

Hello, this site is awesome for a person like me who is fairly new to opencms. I think there are areas of the this website and the product that i understand very well and others that i dont understand too well. How do I ask questions on this site and how do i answer questions asked by others? Probable answer is going to be "post to forums", however, i like the idea that someone asks a question and the answer is dished out in terms of an article on the wiki instead of an email which gets buried under the thousands of emails that are out here... Maybe, I can start up a "Questions" page for this? What do you think?

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