Samantha Blackmon and I have been working with Zack Rosen and the CivicSpace Labs crew to develop their install configuration wizard that is based on Adrian’s work. The configuration wizard asks the user to choose from three site profiles and then walks the user through some basic site configuration questions so that the site is ready to use upon completion. The available site profiles are:
– a political action platform
– Slashdot-style community site
– a personal website or weblog
The goal is for someone to be able to complete the configuration in about 10 minutes or so. We’ve prepared storyboards outlining the profile configuration process (use the collaborative book navigational structure). Once Drupal 4.5 reaches release status, we’ll finalize the wizard and create a configuration guide similar to that with DrupalEd and DrupalBlog to provide documenation on further site tweaking.
CivicSpace is a powerful ‘advocacy’ CMS project. I really like it. It has possibilities for PR. Think of the opensource CMS that drove the “Dean for America” campaign. Very powerful. Now, the good news is – it will be easier to install. It is a bear for the non-IT geek. I can attest to that. Haven’t gotten it to run yet. I’ll keep trying – some day.