The Great Drupal Weblogging Project, Part 1

News Analysis: Senior Technology Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols decides to improve his Web site creation skills by setting up a CMS on a Linux server. (Linux-Watch)

I may be good at some things, but Im lousy at making Web sites.

Oh, I know my way around HTML, and Im decent at Macromedias Dreamweaver, but just because I know how to paint, doesnt make me Van Gogh.

So it is that when I looked at my sad little Practical Technology Web site, I decided it was time to try something different.

But what?

I decided that my first problem wasnt that Im a klutz at Web design. No, my biggest problem was that I dont have the time to manually put up a decent-looking Web site.

So, it was that I decided to put up one using a blogging-oriented CMS (content management system). By that, I do not mean using an existing CMS like Blogger or Live Journal. I mean actually setting up my own instance of a CMS on one of my Linux servers.

I know its not everyones idea of a fun way to spend the break between Christmas and New Years, but hey, it works for me.

So, the first thing I needed to do was to decide what Id use. Now, I could have tried rolling my own CMS with, say, PHP-Nuke or Slashcode, but remember what I said about my skills as a Web designer? I have about the same level of abilities when it comes to PHP and Perl.

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