On 09/19/2012 03:38 PM, Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden wrote:
Awesome job to base it on mediawiki.
I love having a single place to edit the site, guarded by permissions
for stuff like the frontpage.
Yeah, I think it'll make a much more cohesive site, and would make it
easier for everyone to edit everything (provided they have permissions
to do so — but I'm only suggesting the main pages be locked down to a
How easy to maintain is it when we want to upgrade mediawiki?
Two of my main goals when making this were to make the site:
1) editable by all
2) easily maintainable for the oVirt infrastructure team
A complimentary goal was to make the skin:
3) reusable by others
I met all three above goals by basing it on MediaWiki's default theme
"Vector" (although it has a lot of changes) and also on Twitter's
Bootstrap, so that we would benefit from updates from both projects, and
we can use formatting from each. (Basically: Near-instant documentation
and support for updates!)
Since I intentionally made the base skin reusable, it *could* easily be
picked up by other sites. (The oVirt theme is just a little layer on top
of the MediaWiki skin that simply changes the fonts and colors and adds
a little bit of oVirt style elsewhere in the site too.) The more popular
it is elsewhere, the more bugfixes, improvements, and quick updates to
new MediaWiki versions we'll get.
Haven't checked it in-depth yet but I'm wondering if the
be promoted to the top navigation.
I've gotten a lot of feedback about that. I'm going to consider ways to
fit it in.
It's probably useful to point out that oVirt.org
, right now, doesn't
have a working search (try searching for "download", "git", etc.) —
it's one of the most prominent elements. The theme, as-is, is a huge
step in the right direction, as search actually *works*. (The results
still need to be a bit beautified, but that's on the todo.)
Also, I strongly believe search shouldn't be *needed* on a site... but
it's good to have, however. People should be able to find the content
they're looking for without having to resort to a search. On a website,
search should secondary to navigation and hyperlinked content, used when
all else fails.
Also would like to a see a difference in existing and non-existing
It's actually there in the CSS, but I commented it out for now, as most
all of the links are non-existing.
Here's how it works:
* When you're signed in, right now the links turn orange. I could make
them red (like the default) or underlined or strikethrough — or even
blink (if we really wanted to). I could also display icons or text
before or afterward too.
* When you're *not* signed in, I will have it so that the link doesn't
change color or change the mouse when it is hovered. (Basically: it
looks like the text on the rest of the page.) Naturally, since we don't
have much content on this website preview right now, and I wanted to
display what it _would_ look like on the actual site, I decided to
disable this feature for the time being.
Thanks for the feedback!