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PLRI is a project hosted by the IDS which aims to improve understanding of the issues affecting the lives of sex workers. The initiative is a collaboration of scholars, policy analysts and sex workers. It brings together research and advocacy material that challenges conventional approaches to researching sex work and that promotes legitimacy and labour rights for sex workers.
Working on an extremely tight budget we began by offering PLRI a simple basic Drupal installation for their content. It gave them the basic tools they needed to add and classify their content, so that it could be served up in properly indexed sections of resources.
Wave, our design partners in Hastings, handled the graphic design of the web pages. Their design is based on clean, well structured xhtml code in a non-table based layout and using cascading style sheets (CSS) for all the presentational information. This improves the site’s chances in search engine content rankings and also makes pages quicker to download, much more accessible to all users and easier to update.

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...