This is midterm period and the dipy website has a proper frontend now! And more improvements coming.
Progress so far
The custom content management system is improved and has a better frontend now.
Social network feeds for twitter and google plus are now added and a hexagonal gallery is placed in the home page.
The documentation generation script is also updated to upload documentation of different versions separately in github. And the django site is updated by checking the contents of the github repository through github API.
You can visit the site under development at http://dipy.herokuapp.com/
Details of content management system
The custom CMS now allows maximum flexibility. It is possible to edit almost every content in the website. Fixed sections, documentation versions, pages, publications, gallery images, news feeds, carousal images, everything can be edited from the admin panel.
One of the most important additions in the CMS is that now we can create any number of pages and we will get a url for that page. So this allows us to create any custom page and link it from anywhere. Also with a single click that page can be put in the nav bar.
To make the the nav bar dynamic I had to pass the same context to every template. Thankfully this can be achieved with “context_processors” in a dry way. Also this allows the documentation links to be changed without changing the template.
For now the documentations are hosted in the dipy_web github repository. Different versions of documentations are linked automatically into django by checking the content of the repository using github API.
There is also option of excluding some documentation versions from the admin panel.
Details of the frontend
Although most parts of the website now have a basic styling, the frontend is still under constant improvement. The progress can be best visualized through some screenshots:
We have to automate the documentation generation process. A build server will be triggered whenever there is a new commit the documentation will be automatically updated in the website. Also there are some command line tools for which the docs must be generated.
I have to include facebook feed in the home page. Also the honeycomb gallery is cool but a carousal with up-to-date contents like upcoming events and news will be more useful. The styling of all parts of the website can be improved.
Then I have to clean up the code a bit and add some more documentation and start testing the internals. After that we have to think of deployment and things like search engine optimization and caching etc.
Will be back with more updates soon! :)
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