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C#, VB, a little C++, Java and ASP.
What I don't know, I'm able to pick up rather quickly. PHP is similar to ASP in some respects, but is really just another programming language. It wouldn't be too far of a stretch for me to pick up on it.
The site has scads of info. So, task #1 is coming up with a layout that will best display the info. One site I like the looks of is http://www.builder.com . I like the idea of 3 columns, left for the menu, right for various, and the middle for the main text, etc. It will best handle the sort of info I'm presenting, I think, not to mention be easy to keep up if backed by a CSS.
The second task is a new header design, using the Gotmead colors and the wench/viking logos.
The third task is re-arranging the menu structure. It's grown like a plant without pruning, and is really messy right now.
4th, db's and script to handle and search the recipes and the meaderies.
Those are the top major tasks. Ideas? Comments? Criticisms? This is y'alls place, folks. Tell me what you want to see, and if you'd like in on the re-write, you'll not find me running you off.
I'm going to take some time tonight or tomorrow and and do a "walk-about" on the site. Basically drill down on everything, that'll give me a better idea of your overal site dynamic, and then I'll be able to give you some reasonable suggestions.
Have you thought about adding in an XML expandable menu for the left hand side? That would give you many options for allowing collapsable sections that would enable organization of the links in the differing sections, etc.
Also, there is a starter kit for a .Net based content management system you can find here: http://www.asp.net/Default.aspx?tabindex=8&tabid=47
There are also other utilities there that could be incorporated into the site. Granted, this runs against MSSQL, but could be reverse engineered to go agains MySQL and it uses the XML menu structure, special modules, etc. It's also with a little code changes CSS enabled.
I'm adverse to using .net, partially because I don't know diddly about it (never used it), and partly because asp will make it harder for the search engines to parse the site.
Also, I've seen too many posts about the security holes in .net, and am really squeamish about using windows. I'm running under Unix now, and I'm both comfortable and knowledgable (at least to an extent) in that environment.
Right now I'm looking at a partial content management system, i.e., using databases for the recipes and meadery lists, scripts for the calendar/forum/etc. and I've other scripts and blogs that I can use for content, to augment the static pages. A little more complicated, but its something I know how to use, that will keep the search engines coming......
Thanks for the tip, though. I'll check it out if only to augment my paltry knowledge of .net....
I'm a big fan of core competancy. If you know something, and are used to the structural, envrionmental, technical and administrative aspects of that space, then it doesn't make a lot of sense to pitch it and move to another space for the sake of a couple of features that are attractive.
.net is an intriguing environmnet, but if you're set up for Unix, there may be some significant changes to both your present environment (hardware/software) that may need to be changed.
Also putting up a new site with a new configuration in a new "space" while in a production environment sounds like a really bad idea from a quality standpoint.
I fully agree with you Oskaar. If it works for you, stick with it, is what I say. I was only throwing out a suggestion of something that may inspire interresting features to be added, even if we have to code them in PHP or CGI...
Heck, putting up a new site in the *same* space is a real pain in the butt! I'm playing with some CSS-based 3-column layouts right now, and am having a heck of a time. Plus, there is all this old crap lying around the Gotmead site from previous versions. At some point, I'm going to take it down one night, blow it all away, and upload a clean version.....
Oh, the long nights that I've spent re-deploying sites at work by doing that.... Fond memories of double brewed coffee, distribution check lists and proceedure manuals spread across the desk while I madly type in commands at my terminal...
I remember doing a simultaneous extranet, intranet and domestic frame relay rollout over one weekend. I had different teams working on each, but I was in the middle of the intranet rollout in Downtown LA where our offices were.
Here was my keep awake formula:
Two scoops of Folgers Coffee crystals in a yogurt cup, chased with a jolt cola and followed up by lots of Starbuck's French Roast.
It was a three day rollout, and downstairs they were filming Rush Hour Two in the lobby downstairs (it's the part where they see a suspect in the lobby of a building and they chase him out onto a loading dock) and we were all P.O'd because they had the whole place full of equipment and people.