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Colophon

Colophon

A Colophon almost always occurs at the very end of a book. It contains factual information about the book, especially about its production, and includes details about typographic style, the fonts used, the paper used, and perhaps the binding method of the book. We play a little fast and loose with that definition on websites.

Infrastructure

The software that runs our website is  Drupal 6.x, an Open Source Content Management System. Drupal is great software, and the Drupal community has been an excellent help in getting our website up and running.  Locally, we use TextPad on the PC and TextWrangler on the Mac for editing and use Adobe Photoshop for graphics processing on both platforms.

Contributors

Running our school website is, by design, a very distributed process. Rather than having a few people responsible for updating it, all of our administrators, teachers, staff members, coaches, parents and students can add content. Some content goes directly onto the website and some must be approved before everyone can see it. Mr. Sommerer maintains our Drupal installation and is generally in charge of things. Our current theme was designed by Pickering Creative Group from these design documents. The information architecture is a hodgepodge of ideas stolen from various post secondary institutions with the help of eduStyle.net. Katie Bockelman is responsible for the majority of photographs found on our website.

History

This is the fifth incarnation of our school website. It went live in August of 2010. The chance that it will be the final version is relatively small.

Version 1

This is the first version of the Lincoln Lutheran website. It was put together by Dan Hellerich while he was a student here. He also provided a great deal of other useful technology oriented services while he attended and after he graduated. I'm not sure when we started using this version. It was around when I arrived in August of 2001.

Version 2

This is the second version of the Lincoln Lutheran website. It was put together by Lloyd Sommerer, one of Lincoln Lutheran's teachers. It was intended to have multiple tabs of information across the top, but somehow there was never enough time for anyone to write that information. It went live around August of 2004.

Version 2.5

This is a working test of how the navigation would have worked in the 2.0 version had more content been available. You can see that the idea of using large graphical tabs that contain expandable content areas developed here. The form it took in version 3.0 turned out to be a little more sophisticated. You can see a working model of the navigation here.
 

 

Although this version of the site never really got off the ground, we did add some functionality that made the site more useful and interactive. Our original intention was to use Xaraya as a content management system, but we only got as far as using it for entering news articles. We had more success using Plans Calendar, which is still a great stand alone calendar program for schools and other organizations with multiple people adding content.

Version 3.0

The theme for version three of our website is a highly modified version of a theme from the good people at Project Seven. This was meant as a short term solution that ended up being used for several year. This is the first version of our website that used Drupal (version 5). We switched to Drupal because of it's great taxonomy features and the ability to add our own content types with their own displays. You can play with the front page without any of the Drupal stuff here. Or view the remnants of this version. This version went live around January of 2008.

 

To Do List

Item Assigned To Priority Status Submittedsort icon
Photos on panel pages Lloyd Sommerer Medium In Process 6 years ago
Create location node type Medium Unassigned 6 years ago
Record/Award node type Medium Unassigned 6 years ago
Photo Gallery High Unassigned 6 years ago
AlumNotes moved from old site Lloyd Sommerer High Assigned 6 years ago
Alumni contact form High Unassigned 6 years ago
Login @ top of page High Unassigned 6 years ago
Alumni Awards page High Unassigned 6 years ago
Update student handbook High Unassigned 5 years ago
Profile for Kristin Petersen Brian Klintworth High Assigned 5 years ago

Completed Items

Local Interest view for Daily Bulletin

Priority: 
High
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Lloyd Sommerer

Mr. Ernstmeyer would like a panel and view added to the Daily Bulletin page that shows any "local interest" and "church life" related news/announcements that are not currently being called out in the top panel.

Online To Do List

Priority: 
High
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Lloyd Sommerer

Create a content type, "to do" and "finished" views and a panel page to keep track of things that have to be done on the website. We'll probably attach it to the colophon page.

course menu items

Priority: 
High
Status: 
Finished

Courses need to have menu items and probably a path alias so that the academics menu does not disappear when a course is chosen.

publication pages

Priority: 
High
Status: 
Finished

We need a central spot for publications and assorted publication pages. The publication section will live on the About LL page, and we need to create and populate pages for the Annual Report and the Warrior Spotlight. In conjunction with this, it would be nice to put a few Warrior Watch issues on the Journalism page.

rounded corners

Priority: 
Low
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Lloyd Sommerer

imagecache module will round corners on png files, but not jpgs. There are instructions on how to do this online, but I can't seem to get them to work.

Ideally this would also work for jpg files, but at least it works on png files now.

Staff menu

Priority: 
Medium
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Brian Klintworth

We don't have a menu for the staff page. It falls outside the normal 6 categories for the main navigation, so the staff end up without a menu on the right, probably not what we want.

  1. Create a new menu (new so that it doesn't appear in the primary link location)
  2. Add the menu items
  3. Create a block and configure it for /staff* pages

Middle School Courses

Priority: 
Medium
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Brian Klintworth

There is a content type for courses, but it doesn't have any middle school courses in it yet. Lets add those. Ask Mr. Sommerer, he has a list you can copy from.

update courses taught

Priority: 
Medium
Status: 
Finished

After the middle school classes are entered, go through each teacher and update the classes that they are teaching.

NOTE: the new phone field does not accept extentions. For now just delete the extensions from the phone number as you go from teacher to teacher. We'll have to add them in as a seperate field at some point.

Bread crumbs

Priority: 
Medium
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Lloyd Sommerer

Most node types do not have custom bread-crumbs assigned to them, so the bread-crumb chain breaks when you go to those content types. Add them as needed.

Online Donations

Priority: 
Urgent
Status: 
Finished
Assigned To: 
Lloyd Sommerer

We'll need a way to do online donations by the start of the general fund drive. Look at using either the Simple Donation module or Ubercart.

We actually decided to do this through a separate company. On our website we only link to them.