Building Community User Group Websites

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Design considerations for building a Drupal 6 website for computer user groups. Presented at the Stanford Design4Drupal conference, January 2010.

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Building Community User Group Websites

  1. 1. Building Community User Group Websites Maurice Green, PhD Design 4 Drupal January 24, 2010
  2. 2. www.svuga.org <ul><li>This is a ‘portal’ site for 2 Silicon Valley computer user groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Silicon Valley Computer Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford Palo Alto User Group </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Silicon Valley Computer Society (SVCS) <ul><li>Four Special Interest Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BIYSIG – Build It Yourself SIG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DISIG – Digital Imaging SIG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WebSIG – Web Design SIG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WinSIG – Windows and MS Office SIG </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each SIG meets once per month at the Santa Clara MicroCenter store. </li></ul><ul><li>Formed about 30 years ago. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Stanford Palo Alto User Group (SPAUG) <ul><li>One general meeting per month at the Los Altos American Legion Post. </li></ul><ul><li>Originally a ‘spin-off’ from SVCS about 25 years ago. </li></ul><ul><li>Own website: www.pa-spaug.org </li></ul>
  5. 5. Content Requirements <ul><li>Stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting & Events Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>RSS news feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Member classified ads </li></ul>
  6. 6. Content Requirements <ul><li>Resource reservations </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliate & Sponsor advertising </li></ul>
  7. 7. Future Content Additions <ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Membership enrollment and renewal </li></ul>
  8. 8. Design Requirements <ul><li>Multiple blog contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Separate sections for SIGs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taxonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Template design </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Segregation of events listings </li></ul><ul><li>Segregation of advertising </li></ul>
  9. 9. Design Requirements <ul><li>Multiple user roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrator(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group (SIG) leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource user </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registered member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visitor </li></ul></ul>

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