Creating a Website for your LoCo Team

The purpose of this page is to create a central resource for finding information related to creating a LoCo website.

Canonical-hosted Sites

Hosting space on Canonical servers is available to approved LoCos. To see how a LoCo is approved, see LoCoGettingApproved. There are limitations to what applications may be hosted on the Canonical servers. If you are interested in Canonical-hosting, see LoCoHosting.

If you are interested in hosting your own sites, continue reading.

Decide on Content

Decide what content will reside on the website and what will be on the wiki. Creating content on the wiki allows information to be centralized and can be found easily by rest of the Ubuntu community. See the Colorado Team's ColoradoTeam/EnhancedLoCoWeb for what features could exist on the LoCo website.

A good example of using both the wiki and a separate LoCo website is the Australia Team:

Select a Website Platform

Drupal Resources

  • The UbuntuDrupal project team has been creating a theme and modules to help with creating a LoCo website. These are modules that have been geared to LoCos specifically that run on Drupal. Many of these projects can be used elsewhere.

  • See the Ohio Team website as an example of the use of Drupal.

  • See the EdubuntuSitePublishingTools for a discussion of the pro and cons of using Drupal.

  • DrupalConcepts - Background information on how Drupal works.

  • DrupalPaths - More background information on Drupal.

  • DrupalHowtos - Information for creating multi-lingual sites, mailing list integration.

  • DrupalModules - Useful add-ons.

Joomla Resources

MoinMoin Resources

Wordpress Resources

Django Resources

  • LoCoDjango - using the python-based Django framework


Forums from the website should link to the LoCo forums on ubuntuforums.org, unless its a language not supported already or there is a good reason to have a separate one. PunBB, phpBB, XMB, Drupal (integrated into the Drupal platform), and SMF have been used and are free. The popular vBulletin requires the purchase of a license.






For templates to use with some of the mentioned CMS tools and forums, see LoCoTemplates.

Additional Add-ons

Planet Aggregator

Planet allows feeds of blog posts by the LoCo's members to be displayed on the LoCo website. See Planet Ubuntu as an example. To set up such a feed, see LoCoCreatingPlanet.


Creating a map of locations of a LoCo's members can be an interesting addition to the website. Take a look at the French Team map. Instructions for creating a similar map are at LoCoCreatingMap.


It is very helpful to set up an event calendar providing an ical based machine readable format as this enables your followers to include a list of upcoming events automatically in applications like Evolution, Mozilla Sunbird etc. This might increase the amount of visitors. An example is the Drupal Event module.


To see the history of hosting services provided for Ubuntu, visit FrDeHosting.


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