New Bricolage Website Debuts


The Bricolage developers are pleased to announce the debut of a brand new version of the Bricolage Website. The new Web standards-compliant site, designed by Marshall Roch, is the first version to be managed by the Bricolage content management system itself.

I'm thrilled with the new site design and implementation in Bricolage, said David Wheeler, Bricolage maintainer and lead developer. It not only demonstrates Bricolage's agility for generating Web sites, but also serves as an excellent example of the best practices for managing sites with Bricolage.

To that end, Wheeler and his company, Kineticode, have also packaged up the templates for the new site, as well as the XML for the elements that drive it, and released them as open-source software under the LGPL. If the new site is to serve as an effective example of a Bricolage implementation, it's important for folks to be able to get their hands on the code and see how it's done, said Wheeler.

The new site is powered by Apache/mod_perl and Mason, just like the Bricolage CMS itself. The server, hosting, and bandwidth for the site and for the Bricolage CMS that manages it is generously donated by See the colophon for more detail on the architectural, design, and standards compliance of the new site.

The new site also offers improved content for Bricolage users and individuals evaluating Bricolage for the content management needs of their organizations. It now has a greater focus on marketing Bricolage to management and other non-programmers, said site designer Marshall Roch. Oftentimes, these people are the final decision-makers, and we want to make sure they know what we have to offer. The new site ensures that they have a better idea of the advantages of Bricolage.

This shift in front-page strategy hasn't decreased the amount of information available to developers. The Bricolage site still offers an integrated documentation browser for all major releases of Bricolage, as well as versions currently under development. And the new Support section ensures that members of the user community can find help whenever they need it.

Overall, I think that the new site will be a huge boost for the project, notes Wheeler. The combination of best practices and excellent content make for a compelling solution.

About Bricolage

Bricolage is a full-featured, enterprise-class content management and publishing system. It offers a browser-based interface for ease-of use, multisite management, a full-fledged templating system with complete HTML::Mason, HTML::Template, and Template Toolkit support for flexibility, multisite management, and many other features. It operates in an Apache/mod_perl environment, and uses the PostgreSQL RDBMS for its repository. A comprehensive, actively-developed open source CMS, Bricolage has been hailed as Most Impressive in 2002 by eWeek.

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