Site update: from Wordpress to Drupal
If you visited this site in the past you may have noticed that it looked different. Yesterday I not only switched the site's design, but also its underlying architecture. I originally opened the site last July using Wordpress a blogging engine. As I added a list of articles and books to the site I realized that I need a more robust content management system, that can handle that kind of content too. I chose Drupal and have been building the site for the last two weeks. This is my first more-or-less full-fledged Drupal site, so I am still working out the kinks. (I had built a basic Drupal site in the past, but that contained no customization beyond applying a downloaded theme.)
Let me point out some of the features of this new site. On the left you will find links to our Twitter account and Facebook page, the list of last ten blog entries, the list of categories within our blog, a monthly archive and a list of blogs/sites that related to religion online. Every past blog entry is available, via monthly breakdown, from the Blog menu on top. The Books menu currently includes the list of Academic books and a single link to the rest, but this will shortly change. Clicking on the "Books" menu/button will take you to the full list of books. Every version of the list includes the title, author(s), date of publication, categories and links where you can find the same book elsewhere on the web. You can view list of books of a certain category by clicking on the category's name. Clicking the Articles button lead you to the list of articles on the topic of religion on the internet. The list can be sorted by title, date of publication and date I added them to the site. If an abstract is available you can find that at the individual article's page, along with the link to the article itself on the web. I also want to point out that we have a new logo (top left) and an internal search option (top right.)
There are lots of things I wanted to add to this site, both content and feature wise. The former includes transferring the remaining 20 or so articles that I didn't from the spreadsheet at Google.Docs where I stored them up till now, adding more books, adding book reviews and making a page for each author. I also want to add a Facebook "like" button, integrate Twitter, make the site more visually appealing.