Deborah Eade's Website

The brief from Deborah was a bit of a departure from the more usual list of organisational advocacy-led requirements that we get in the GN Web Projects dept.  Hers was a need for a modest site that could work as an effective stall for her to sell her freelance skills.  After years of working as a writer and editor for a range of sustainable development publications, she decided it was time to capture that history in a way that would help her potential clients get the measure of her work quickly and effectively. The result is a simple site that manages to strike a balance between the need to be both concise and comprehensive.  Sarah Macbeth created the clever page design with the help of photos from Deborah's garden, based on an idea of the 'editor as gardener' allegory.

Web projects with Drupal

GreenNet’s current CMS of choice is Drupal. It is an open source system for developing websites and publishing content to them. A Drupal website has at its heart a database of the site’s content (articles, reports, profiles, events etc..). The system serves content from the database to the right pages of the site in the appropriate style, as they are called for by site users. Site authors can add, modify and manage their content in that database using simple private online forms.

The advantage of this system for GreenNet members is that their sites can be updated by anyone who has authorised access from any internet connected computer. All they need is an ordinary web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Once they have mastered the simple art of filling in the Drupal forms, resources and...