Open Source Portals

Open Source Portals by pendragon David Whelan I’ve rebuilt my own Web site using Zope and Plone because I think they provide an amazing opportunity. At the National Conference of Bar Presidents in Seattle (WA), I gave a presentation that included a discussion of open source portals. Small bar associations often don’t have the financial and human resources to create powerful Web presences. These barriers can be alleviated by taking advantage of the many open source portal projects out there. For about a year I ran a myPHPNuke site and it was terrific but I’m less of a Blogger and more of a content manager. A colleague turned my away from the other PHP resources like PHPNuke and PHPWebSite and onto Zope. It’s an amazing resource and when you layer Plone on top, it’s unstoppable!

I am noodling on a Zope and Plone install to see if there is a way to customize it for easy adoption by bar associations who don’t have – or don’t want to invest – their limited resources in the additional work required to have a fantastic Web site that incorporates the type of distributed content management that would allow volunteer leadership to participate. You can see my presentation for the National Conference of Bar Presidents online at the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center.

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