More Testing

Doing some further testing on the new CMS. There should be a “MORE” link below if you’re viewing this from the front page. If you click on it, you’ll get the extended body text and as a treat I’ll throw in some of the things I’m doing behind the scenes.

Most of the work I’m putting into this system isn’t involved in the display portion—what you’re reading now. That part is fairly trivial, as for the time being I simply ported over the functions I was using under my old “blognutt” system. Rather, the administrative/backend (via the browser) is where a lot of the code is being written.

I’ve reworked the interface to integrate the channels concept more; I have a partly JavaScript-driven “folder list” of channels that lets me navigate and manage content fairly easily. This is the default view. I can also revert to a summary view of content—a snapshot of all the content in reverse chronological order, so I don’t have to hunt for it among the channels. I’m still debating on the best way to order the content display in the navigation view—alphabetical by name? Chronological? By priority, artificial sort order or some combination of all?

Another interesting thing I’m playing with (but isn’t live yet) is auto-building keywords out of the content. This works by sorting out all the unique words of an item (losing the HTML tags and entities, and common stop words), de-duping them, and optionally stemming them (using my handy-dandy Porter Stemming class). Then, of course, I have to decide what to do with them; and I’m wondering if I should store the keywords and their frequency.

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