Open Source needs a new website. You know it’s true. We’ve been talking and listening to the community for a while now about what it wants, and we’ve got some ideas ourselves. The site you’re looking at right now is held together with duct tape and prayer, and we’re going to apply some of that MacArthur money to a site that works and — and this is just as important — one that can grow with us.
We’re working right now on a specialized branch of Word Press 1.5; we can’t upgrade to 2.0 without a lot of work that goes all the way down to the database. We’re officially agnostic about CMS for the new site, but suspect that we’ll be using Drupal. The first step, outlined in the RFP below, is to get the site into a CMS that scales better for multiple users (we have about 5,000) and can better support community functionality; all we really have now is a pimped-out blog.
We’re looking for an open-source web development firm, hopefully in the Boston area, someone small enough for Open Source to be worth the time and large enough to meet deadlines. We hope to augment the work of this firm with help from our own community, which includes a lot of web-capable people. If you’re interested, take a look at our RFP and shoot me an email, brendan radioopensource org. We hope to have a firm identified by April 30th.
Community: Do you work for such a firm? Do you know someone who does? Help us out. Pass this on.
It’s happening. A pretty site that works as advertised. And yes, we’ll try to have nested comments.