Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress.
If you’ve been to my website recently and clicked on any of the sidebar links that are not blog or photo related, you probably saw a different look for the content. Over last weekend I installed Drupal and moved a lot of the content that was in standalone PHP pages or my Dokuwiki installation into Drupal. I’ll be removing Dokuwiki in a week or two.
First, let me say that among the wikis I looked at, I liked Dokuwiki a lot. It’s written in PHP, is skinnable, has a fair number of third party themes, has good ACL, and doesn’t use a database. I was primarily looking at this as a single person authoring environment, so some of you might have questioned why I bothered to use a wiki at all. Well, I wanted some experience with one, and I wanted to do some serious work firsthand both in writing in it and maintaining the installation. Both were successes in terms of learning more. My website is not just a content repository, it’s a place for me to try out technologies.
Still, I’ve played with Drupal on and off for the last few years, but it never really took. This time I worked with it more and investigated the add-on modules and templates. It’s clear that it has a very robust user and development community. Everything I threw at it, it could do, with only very minor exceptions. I like the authoring environments and the “book” node type was exactly what I was looking for to handle larger documents. In my free time I’m looking into how I might handle my 3000+ photo album in it should I decide to replace my bespoke code.
Right now I have no plan to move my blog from WordPress to Drupal, so the site will have the double look. Ideally I could find a theme I like that’s been ported to both environments, but those that I have seen so far haven’t really done it for me.