South Africa's top technology news website has picked up the story behind this year's Cue Online development.
In a story headlined 'Open source gets arty', Tectonic looks at the back-end of the project. Developed by New Media Lad, Brad Whittington, in just three weeks, the story lifts the veil on how the site was put together.
In the spirit of all things open source, the Cue Online website was driven by open source software, with Drupal powering the Cue website, hosted on an Ubuntu Linux server, with data storage in MySQL.
If you are interested in keeping tabs on the National Arts Festival, Cue Online is providing comprehensive multimedia coverage of the Festival. Cue Online is powered by the Drupal CMS, students of the NML, and staff/students of Cue, CuePix, and CueTV.
We are aggregating and associating video content from CueTV, Audio/podcasts from CueRadio, and images from both the cue and Cuepix teams. Our students are going to be gathering more news oriented
stuff during festival, vox pops and on the ground stuff.
I have quite a bit of experience using web-based Content Management Systems. I have used and developed extensively for Mambo, Drupal, and most recently Wordpress. I have tried out a handful of others, but I cannot say I have an in-depth view of them. As far as popularity goes Mambo/Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress probably account for a significant number of CMS/blogging platforms on the net (at present). So, take this from my user-developer experience, and usually from the perspective of something I call developer-usability. Developer usability is an important factor in choosing a tool to manage your content online, and hopefully developer usability and user usability are high goals on the platform's agenda, In fact, usability is a not-for-negotiation goal/feature.
Because it is fun to google yourself I googled new media, and found that we currently sitting on page three (at around position 22) on the results page. If you use the South African Google we come up fourth, and if you constrain it to only South African pages then we are number 2. I also tried a search for citizen journalism and our tags section comes up as second. It is a bit arb, but it means we do have incoming links from Google for relevant stuff.