Check out the new site here: http://mediawiki-garrett.rhcloud.com/
I've turned the Inkscape mockups into a real, working website, powered
## Background ##
During last week's IRC meeting, we talked about the possibility of using
MediaWiki as community CMS. I spent this week making a custom skin that
both works with some simple layout as well as standard MediaWiki pages.
It's also worth noting that it works on all screen resolutions and
browser widths — the whole design is “responsive” which means it's
optimized for mobile phones too, which is perfect for looking up
documentation or telling people about oVirt at conferences and while
## Discussion ##
I would like to propose that we discuss the new website design &
implementation during this week's IRC meeting, especially since there's
now even more to see.
## Next steps ##
The website theme (including the signed-in state) is nearly done and
looks amazingly similar to the mockups. We have some content for the
first few pages. There's still a bit more to do before making it live,
 mockups: http://people.redhat.com/glesage/oVirt/website/mockup-1/
The next steps are:
1. Fix any bugs found with the MediaWiki skin / theme
2. Work on content for the remaining pages
3. Map links on the main pages to existing content
4. Write additional content where necessary (if there's no page yet)
5. Upgrade MediaWiki on oVirt
6. Make sure the new pages are on the current wiki
7. Install the skin and a few configuration settings
8. Flip the switch (immediately after step 7), and we have a new site!
## One more thing... ##
It wouldn't be a great demo without letting you all testdrive the
wiki-ness of the site, right? I've created a test user for everyone to
quickly sign in and kick the tires on the wiki instance.
You can also create your own account, if you'd like to. Please note that
this is a temporary site for development purposes, and is not intended
as a production website for oVirt. That said, it's a good place to play
You'll only see the wiki-ish stuff when you're signed in, and I worked
hard to put them at the top of the page in an orderly fashion. Click on
the items at the top to see menus with all the standard MediaWiki
features, except grouped. Even the header is a dropdown (to see the
different modes on the page). Since editing is key to any wiki, I made
the edit action a stand-alone button at the top.
Also, when you're logged in, you'll notice that "Home",
"Community" are locked down so that only those in the administrator
group can edit. Feel free to edit other pages or make new ones.
In addition, you might see some weirdness when using the site, as I'm
not 100% done developing it. It's fairly stable, but it still is an
alpha preview. I may alter things further or turn on some debugging
output from time to time. Generally, though, I'll try to keep it in a
working state. Just ping me on IRC if you have any concerns.
## In closing ##
I'd like to thank the team for challenging me during last week's meeting
about using MediaWiki in this wiki-as-a-website concept. It's been a fun
and interesting week jumping back into PHP after so long. I like the
results, and I hope you do too!
= = =
I'm looking forward to your feedback, both here on the list, and also in
the IRC meeting!