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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    Kansas State APA Chapter website

    This is the State Chapter website of the Kansas Chapter of the APA. We are looking to spiff it up a bit and looking to the creative brain of Cyburbia.

    What do you want out of your state chapter's website?

    Note: This site is for state specific purposes and hopefully complements and doesn't detract from Cyburbia's rightful place in the Planning cosmos.

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    ^^ There is no link

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    I'm thinking about writing an article about APA chapter Web sites for the Information Technology division newsletter.

    Looking at every state chapter site, I found that only a few were powered by a content management system. The rest were created with Front Page or another HTML editing program; many are little changed from the late 1990s.

    One VERY useful feature that is missing from all but a few chapter sites are RSS feeds for news and jobs.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    One VERY useful feature that is missing from all but a few chapter sites are RSS feeds for news and jobs.
    Please please please write that article! RSS feeds are great and helps me understand what parts of a website have been updated.

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    I looked at the site and was impressed. It has a professional feel instead of the rather bland character of many other state websites. I spend a good deal of time visiting sites every week to look for information about what new events might be coming up, legislative issues, and particularly for requests for proposals. After all, I am a consultant.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Since the Kansas chapter made the wise decision of going with vBulletin for a content management system, I'd like to recommend a content management system that is integrated with the vBulletin user database. A few to consider:

    * vbDrupal: used on Cyburbia. Ir's a fork of the Drupal CMS. Free, secure, easily customized, and does just about everything you would probably want. (FWIW, stock Drupal is used on Planetizen and the Congress for New Urbanism site.)
    * vBulletin/Wordpress bridge: free.
    * Vivvo: $195. Lots of positivereviews out there.
    * phpFoX: $300.
    * Subdreamer: $100.
    * BBPixel bridge script for vBulletin and Joomla: $20
    * Miraserver: $159, but expected to go open source soon.

    I'm not a big fan of vbPortal or vbAdvanced; they serve mainly as portals or entrance pages to a forum-dominated site.

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    I think the Kansas APA chapter has a nice site and it's also quite witty!

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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas? View post
    ... and it's also quite witty!
    I wonder why?
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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