Theme wanted for new Rails CMS


#1

Hi all,
I just finished building a CMS (open source, MIT license, same as RoR)
that is aimed at people with portfolios: graphic designers,
photographers, web developers, etc. Since this fits the Rails
demographic well, and I plan to continue actively developing the
project, I expect it to be a hit. Some features:

  • 100% semantic XHTML
  • Built on Ruby on Rails
  • AJAXified administration
  • Revision management
  • Textile/Markdown-driven editing
  • File uploads and image thumbnailing

If you are inclined, you can view an early version in my svn
repository at http://svn.kylemaxwell.com/showcase/trunk.

I’d like to get a project page for it up and running soon, but I need
a decent design for the home page. I will end up adapting it to the
sub-pages, and it will end up as the default theme for the CMS itself.

In return, you get:

  • warm fuzzies for contributing to the Rails community
  • a prominent mention and link on the project home page, and in each
    of the downloads.

I have attached an XHTML file, which, if you are interested, you can
style a la CSS Zen Garden (email me CSS + images). You can add a few
divs if you are inclined, but please keep the code as semantic as you
can. After a week or two, I’ll use the best theme I get, and I’ll
package up the rest of the submitted themes and include them in the
download.

Thanks a ton, and feel free to ask

Kyle M.
Chief Technologist
E Factor Media // FN Interactive
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#2

Oh, I’ve had reports that some people (RForum) weren’t getting the
attachment, so I’ll include the xhtml inline:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> Showcase on Rails
<li><a href="#">Another Navigation Entry</a></li>

<li><a href="#">Another Navigation Entry</a></li>

Showcase on Rails

portfolio-driven content management

Welcome

This site is the future home of Showcase on Rails. It's under construction.

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Features

<ul>
  <li>100% semantic XHTML</li>

  <li>Built on Ruby on Rails</li>

  <li>AJAXified administration</li>

  <li>Revision management</li>

  <li>Textile/Markdown-driven editing</li>
</ul>

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<li><a href="#">User Sites</a></li>
Copyright 2006 You

#3

Hi Kyle,

just tested your CMS. Here a few things I noticed:

  • in the Admin-Backend are missing some clears to break the floats (in
    categories).
  • I didn’t see some posibilities to upload any images. Is this still
    missing?
  • in the frontend there should be more divs, at least on
    container-div, a content-div and one for navigation.

But the rest is nice :slight_smile:

HTH,
Beate


#4

Kyle,
You got further than I did. I was not able to get anything working at
all.
I got the trunk version
looked for docs (none were found)
created the databases
ran migrate
ran rake (functional tests failed)
started the server and was unable to get anything working except error
messages that said things like “Please create a project”.

A procedural install process would be very helpful :-).

Look forward to trying it out.
Mark

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HTH,
Beate


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#5
  • in the Admin-Backend are missing some clears to break the floats (in
    categories).

I just whipped together a stylesheet in about ten minutes that makes
the thing look passable in Safari. I’d love to have this themed
and/or improved, but for the moment, my priority is to have the
backend usable and the frontend pretty. As the project matures, I
want to make the backend all-around kick-ass, and I expect the
frontend to be customized more and more by end users.

  • I didn’t see some posibilities to upload any images. Is this still missing?

You can upload images and other files into projects Categories > Edit
Project > New Thumbnail. I’ve been thinking that I need to add a
general image toolbox, maybe that will generate Textile markup for the
images. I’m kinda waiting on my file_column + form_remote_tag
integration project to really kick the images into high gear.

  • in the frontend there should be more divs, at least on
    container-div, a content-div and one for navigation.

I agree. I’m hoping that this is determined by the theme designer,
who should add a few at his/her liberty.

Thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it.


Kyle M.
Chief Technologist
E Factor Media // FN Interactive
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