Easier to manage, more fun to browse.
Posted 5 years ago in Site updates
One of the original goals of Botwiki was to keep the site free and open, which was pretty easy to achieve, because the site was really just a bunch of text files held together with PHP; easy for anyone to host, and no need to deal with database exports.
Unfortunately, using a simpler content management system introduced a few problems. The process of adding new bots became overly complex, and you couldn’t easily search for specific tutorials or libraries.
So, over the past few weeks I completely rewrote Botwiki using WordPress.
The decision to migrate Botwiki to WordPress wasn’t easy, but it was necessary in order to keep the site maintainable. It was also an opportunity to clean up the content on the site, reduce the clutter, and get rid of expired links. The site is now much easier to manage, and, hopefully, easier to browse.
Here are some of the major changes:
- The navigation has been vastly simplified and combined with the home page. (This will make sense once you see it in action.)
- Each “resource” (tutorial, library, framework) is its own WordPress entry, so you can use full-text search to, for example, find video tutorials that use node.js. (Note that some resources are still in the process of being transfered to this format.)
- The bot submission form is now part of the site, making the process of adding new bots much faster.
- Pagination, finally!