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.
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
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.
Help on installing and setting up Joomla!: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Joomla
HelpOnInstalling - Installation instructions.
Instruction to installing WordPress: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WordPress.
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.
See the China Team forums as an example.
Installation instructions for phpBB: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PhpBB2
See the French Team forums as an example.
Installation instructions for punBB: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PunBB
See the Finnish Team forums as an example.
See the Serbian Team forums as an example.
For templates to use with some of the mentioned CMS tools and forums, see LoCoTemplates.
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.