Can you join SoftwareBop? Absolutely! In fact, that is the reason for this site’s existence. We encourage you to join. If you are one who loves dabbling in the world of software at any level, the answer is that we would love to have you join. For others, it will not be long before we have this website where we want it to be. At that point, we will open it to membership so that you can take advantage of all we are going to put here. Ask yourself these three questions (below).
- Do you work with software as a webmaster?
- Do you enjoy dabbling in scripts but are not a developer?
- Do you love working with servers as an amateur?
If you answer yes to any or all of these questions we would love to have you join as soon as is reasonable. We don’t ask you to be full time here. All we would like is that you write articles concerning your experiences with the myriad pieces of software available on servers. Principally, those on Softaculous. We are making registration as easy as possible and by the time this day is out we will have installed, and running, an instance of BuddyPress and BBPress forum software.
We can’t make promises but we believe that there will be a lot of great stuff for you as we grow. Our intention, and what we are doing in the background, is contacting the developers at the different companies who create this software and asking them to participate, in whatever manner they think best, in this website.
We hope that you will consider giving a little of your time and becoming a member. No obligation and, certainly, no fees.
As it takes some time to get a website where it needs to be for users to understand what the endeavor is aimed at I want to spend a post or two letting you know what the main emphasis is going to be here.
I would like to start by discussing my thoughts about a couple of CMS candidates. The first is “Subrion” and the second “Drupal.”
Subrion is a CMS that is relatively easy for a non-coder to get up and running. The benefits of a CMS that is formulated the way Subrion is is that it is straight forward in the admin dashboard and it is wysiwyg controls. We will be placing screen shots of the admin control panels for each CMs as we build the site.
The old and venerable Drupal CMS. Drupal is still a player and is very well supported. The docs for Drupal are extensive and well written but, and this is the “but” which we are stressing on SoftwareBop, pointed more towards coders than your typical webmaster who is trying to build a website. The Drupal themes (templates) as well as the Subrion, are many but few are free and the free ones are OK but don’t have the beauty inherent in the paid themes. It goes without saying that one gets what one pays for.
(note: Acquia is a company which specializes in Drupal and is a very fine place to go when thinking about the pluses and minuses of Drupal to build your website.)
This is as far as we will take this post for now. Hopefully, you will see where this website is headed and, also, what else we need to put here. Our hope is that some will join with knowledge and experience in the varied and myriad pieces of software and be willing to join and share what they know.
There are many so-called software sites out there but few are attempting to drill down and show what will or will not work for the “average” webmaster. This is the ground floor of this website and those who join will help thousands of people who are just taking up the plethora of scripts without a reference for help in making their decisions. If we can help them by citing our knowledge it will be filling a huge gap and save so much time for others. That is our goal. It is a big job but together we can make this “the” place to come when trying to decide.
So Much Software, So Little Time
A website which gives tips and recommendations for that software hiding on cPanels on servers at most hosting companies. It is free software bult on the Open Source license and available, with some exceptions, for the use of hosting clients. IE, you and I.
It is well known to us who build websites but not so much for those just venturing into the realm of web master. This is a site which will attempt to sort, recommend, and give tips on the best versus the more advanced versus you better be a coder or don’t use it scripts.
Come aboard by joining our forum. participate and learn or participate and submit wisdom. Have some fun and help others.