RFP: IxDA.org Redesign

23 May 2009 - 12:46am
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Elizabeth Bacon
2003

The IxDA Conan team has published a request for proposal (RFP) in
order to engage with an experienced Drupal development partner for
the redesign of the IxDA.org website.

For more information on responding, please refer to the page
http://www.devise.com/ixda/index.html where you will find the RFP
document as well as four reference documents provided for scope
assessment.

The due date for questions about the RFP is May 29 and the due date
for proposals is June 6th.

We encourage IxDA members to forward the RFP information to qualified
vendors. Thanks for your attention!

Cheers,
Liz / IxDA Vice-President & Creative Director of this redesign
project

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23 May 2009 - 5:21pm
EugeniaOrtiz
2009

the link is not working.

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23 May 2009 - 11:14pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

The link is working for me now.... Does anybody else have an issue?

http://www.devise.com/ixda/index.html

Cheers,
Liz

24 May 2009 - 8:44pm
DampeS8N
2008

The first link has a (,) at the end. That is why it 404s.

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24 May 2009 - 9:16pm
Sharon Greenfield5
2008

Depends on how it's being read. My email app parsed it fine; worked
for me.

On May 24, 2009, at 6:44 PM, William Brall wrote:

> The first link has a (,) at the end. That is why it 404s.
>

25 May 2009 - 12:20am
DampeS8N
2008

It is a broken link on the website. That's the issue here I think. In
your e-mail app it might be ok. On ixda.org it is busted.

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25 May 2009 - 5:42pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hi folks,

Can I just say that this unfortunate issue with the RFP link
misbehaving on the website is a great example why we need a new
discussion system ASAP? Similarly, the fact that we've had to close
discussion registration to new members--even if it's likely a
temporary situation related to a Mailman usage limit on the part of
our hosting company--is another pointer to the urgency of upgrading
our organization's infrastructure.

This note is also small heads-up that we'll be launching a
fundraiser in June in order to support our infrastructure development
efforts. I hope that everybody who benefits from this group will be
ready to donate at least a little something to help the cause. More
details in a few weeks! :)

Cheers,
Liz

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25 May 2009 - 9:54pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Alright already-- I fixed the original link. No more debilitating
punctuation.

But I concur with Liz. The IxDA website is a bit simpleminded when it
comes to URLs. As far as it knows, commas are valid. In general, any
extra characters appended onto the URL stand a good chance of being
appending onto the link too. At least until the new system roles out.

Including a space or better yet a line break (as in Liz's second
attempt) at the end of the link are the best ways to let the current
system know where the URL ends.

// jeff

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27 May 2009 - 10:07am
Jess Eddy
2009

Out of curiosity, can I ask why you are choosing Drupal as the platform? It's tough to find a great CMS solution, but Drupal can be a real beast from a development, training and usability perspective. I guess it depends on the implementation though - is this site currently powered by Drupal?

27 May 2009 - 8:27pm
Sascha Brossmann
2008

Maybe a little bit off-topic: May I ask what are your main reasons to
settle exclusively on Drupal? I recently talked with a friend of mine
who had his main business site (a large German music platform &
community) recently relaunched based on Drupal. Which turned out to be
significantly harder and tedious than expected, even though the agency
claims to have rock solid experience with Drupal. As far as I can
recall, some of the harder challenges during the relaunch seemed to be
rooted in Drupal's architecture, e.g. customisation of and interfacing
between different required modules, whilst throwing out all the other
stuff which was superfluous for the purpose.

Have you considered other possible platform-building alternatives like
e.g. Pinax (based on Django) or elgg, which might carry somehow less
cruft & co. and hence be possibly easier to build/configure and
maintain?

(Sorry if I am a little bit late with those remarks or overlooked an
earlier discussion on this subject.)

Cheers,

Sascha
&:create

On Sat, May 23, 2009 at 00:46, Elizabeth Bacon <lists at elizabethbacon.com> wrote:
> The IxDA Conan team has published a request for proposal (RFP) in
> order to engage with an experienced Drupal development partner for
> the redesign of the IxDA.org website.
>
> For more information on responding, please refer to the page
> http://www.devise.com/ixda/index.html, where you will find the RFP
> document as well as four reference documents provided for scope
> assessment.
>
> The due date for questions about the RFP is May 29 and the due date
> for proposals is June 6th.
>
> We encourage IxDA members to forward the RFP information to qualified
> vendors. Thanks for your attention!
>
> Cheers,
> Liz / IxDA Vice-President & Creative Director of this redesign
> project

29 May 2009 - 12:41pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hi folks,

Firstly, a reminder that today is the last day for potential vendors
to submit questions about the RFP. We aim to post answers to all
questions we receive by May 31st at the http://board.ixda.org blog.

To respond to a couple folks here poking at our rationale for
selecting Drupal, here's what I wrote earlier on that blog:

"We evaluated a range of content-management systems, both hosted and
unhosted, proprietary and open-source, and kept returning to Drupal
for a number of reasons. We love that it's an open-source system,
representing a philosophy akin to our own "un-organization". We
appreciate that it has a large developer community, comprising
professionals who can help us make our vision into reality. We also
like that it has many existing modules to serve our needs along with
great capability to be extended. Additionally, we have IxDA members
on our team with the capability to design and build at least several
key planks of our new online home."

So, we know it's clunky and challenging to use -- we're all
watching the redesign for Drupal 7 by Leisa Reichelt & Mark Boulton
with a lot of interest. Nevertheless, it has a range of strong
positives that make us comfortable with continuing to pursue this
solution. Additionally, there's nothing preventing our future
website to consist of a Drupal foundation with additional features &
services built using alternate technologies.

Cheers,
Liz

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