Working on the design
As y'all can tell, I'm still working on the look and feel of the Drupal-based site. Drupal gives me a lot more flexibility: I can pretty much do anything I want with it. It is just a matter of finding the time and having the inspiration.
A few things I know need to be done:
- Add username and/or post time to the recent comments and posts on the front page
- Create a page for all of the favorites
- Create pages for lessons, book reviews, etc., add them to the top nav.
- Figure out how to let users add images to blog entries or forum posts.
- Site FAQs
One of the things I love about Drupal is that forum posts, blog entries, and articles are all basically the same thing: they are all nodes. The forum section gives you a particular familiar way of browsing them, but with the meta tagging it is easy to mark, say, every item of interest about pizza and pull them together into a single page regardless of whether they were entered in the forums or as an article. This seems like a minor thing, but it is amazingly powerful.
Right now I'm the one who adds meta-tags to the vocabulary: the next version of Drupal will allow anyone to add meta-tags to nodes (like you can on Live Journal). I'm super psyched about that, because it'll let everyone organize things they way they find useful.
Anyway, I'm all ears. Please let me know if there are things you like or don't like about the new set up or design, things you miss from the old version of the site, etc. As I said, it is going to take me a little while to get everything organized, but I think ultimately it'll make this site much better.
BTW, have you tried site search yet? I never used search on the old version of the site because it stunk, but this one works very well.