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On Nov 1, 2010, at 1:03 PM, Benjamin Horst wrote:
On Nov 1, 2010, at 12:29 AM, Michael Wheatland wrote:

After receiving such a warm welcome from some of the website design
team I got to work creating a refined website proposal using Ben's
wireframe structure as a base.

Please have a look:

I would expect that I could set this up in Drupal within 2 weeks if
pushed. Any comments that you have you can either voice here or on my
wiki talk page.
The plan is that I will start to work on this Drupal structure in
about 2 days and have an bare bones beta site up and running by the
weekend on my own hosting, which can later be transferred to another
Any and all constructive comments are welcomed

Note: I am a drupal CMS only guy, I would love to help with the short
term implementation on silverstripe as decided by the steering
committee but as with most web developers I have no experience with
this CMS. I am only working on the longer term vision that was
described in the steering committee phone conference.

Really excellent thinking here, Michael, and I feel like we are on the same page. Strong IA is 
absolutely key to getting this website right--to making it easily usable and understandable for 
our "customers" and our community.

Many thanks for stepping in and offering your help, and setting up your Drupal instance. Erich 
Christian gave me webspace and I installed Drupal and some modules on his server, but I haven't 
had the time to follow through much more than that. If you are able to do so, I will help however 
I can.

Do we have an IRC room where we can coordinate in realtime? This might be the most useful way to 
proceed for at least some conversations (I realize our timezones are very different, though. 
You're in Australia, and I'm in NYC, and many in this conversation are in EU...)

One other issue: I think separate domains for and makes the 
most sense. They can be interconnected via main navigation, but it will be much easier to give a 
short URL like "" to potential new users, where they'll see a prominent download 
link immediately (just like ""). 

As your (Michael) slideshow explains, the TDF site will be a much more limited content-based site, 
that won't be important for ordinary users of our software to ever visit.

In addition to my IA draft, did you have any thoughts on my page wireframes? One element from the 
download page that I picked up from is to have a newsletter signup right after 
the user begins downloading. This is a marketing-oriented concept, and we'd have to create a 
monthly (or bi-weekly, or similar) user-focused email that helps keep us in their minds on a 
regular basis. Maybe it could include a "tip of the month", a top news item, etc...


Benjamin Horst
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