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Discuss: Site Directory Structures


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Presenting text and images on a computer screen (including a web site) is almost trivial and has been possible since the '90s. However, even though the core of text and image presentation in a browser is remarkably simple and can be accomplished with a basic text editor, the complexities of web site software and the demands of the modern website mask another simple task; that of developing a directory structure. That is, the "My Documents" folder in Windows and the "Documents" folder in Linux Ubuntu use the same type of directories as is used on a website. This means that I can develop the bulk of my website, even without having it accessible online.

Developing a website without publishing it is a bit like speaking without having another person present. The same focus and energy isn't there, because there isn't anyone listening. When I write for the web, on the web, I have more focus, because I can imagine that someone will be reading the article I am writing. If I write the same document and merely save it to on my computer, without publishing it, I may forget about that document and never read it again. Since it isn't on the web, no one else will either!

However, that being said, if I am developing an article and want to ensure a high level of quality, it helps to print it out and then have someone else look at it. To do this, I need to store it somewhere. Rather than having the directory I am storing it in be something random, giving this thought and using this directory when publishing, makes it easier for me to find it later. It also makes my website better structured. It is with this in mind that work has been done on developing a local directory structure that can also be used online.

This request has to do with asking how you perceive the folders and directories on the computer you use. Do you see them as similar to what you see on the web? What would help you learn how to bridge this gap? Did you know that you can FTP files directly from a folder on your computer to your website? If this were the case, would it help if you wrote an article in your favourite word processor, saved it as a PDF (which can then be printed out) and then uploaded the text (and maybe also the PDF) to your website?

You must be based in North America.

The discussion will include:

1. Creating an empty folder (directory).
2. Imagining that this will include material that will be presented on your website.
3. Thinking about the names of the directories to include within this directory.
4. Arranging the items in these directories to make the most sense when reading them later.
5. Thinking about the names of these directories, what to include in the names, and what to leave out.

Relevant link:

This is a service which I am in the process of making part of a cluster of requests and services that act in a complementary fashion. To be part of a request or service in this cluster, you must be based in North America.

In summary, this service is requesting 50 simbi for a one hour online session on site directory structure. This service is offered in combination with a request on the same topic.

Topic: Site Directory Structure
Category: Web/Software Development
Sub-Category: Classes & Webcasts
Type: Teaching/Instructional
Posted on: March 4
Expires on: March 26


Note: The working model being developed here recognizes that benefits accrue in a working relationship only after both parties get to know each other over a time. This may be three months, or six months or more. Those benefits could be thought of as “interest” which could then be applied in more practical, concrete ways. In the meantime, the exchange of simbi (rather than a trade) allows for use of it elsewhere, while it is recognized that it can also be used to further the working relationship within the context of the topic defined here.

Training & Qualifications

Work experience (mostly in reverse order):
PHP programming, HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript/jQuery.
Wrote a book on how to write a book while writing posts and articles for a website.
Created a minimalist backup framework that integrates with WordPress.
Developed a 160 acre/144 person schematic for a sustainable community.

Worked for: Statistics Canada, National Health and Welfare, Ministry of Community and Social Services and RCMP-PS (Public Service) as a student and shortly thereafter.

Farm Experience: Raised on a farm in South Western Ontario. Worked as a barn manager in two small sow operations (≈200 sows). Managed a boar stud in South Western Ontario. Wrote software to manage data for this operation.

Trades Experience: Making, sanding, staining, spraying and installing mid to high end cabinets (4-6 years)

Other: Priming tobacco (Aylmer, Ontario), Planting Trees (Kapuskasing, Ontario)

Travels: United States, Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Indonesia

Availability & Preferences

I keep regular business hours. However, I reserve mornings for programming and writing, and refrain from checking email until early afternoon. I find it works better to meet with people later in the week, and then, not until after lunch. This allows me to keep focused on programming and related details. Thus, times need to be set up in advance.

Trading Preference: I prefer being paid in simbi

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About Clarence Bos

As of 2021, this is the fifth year of creating a sustainable community model from the ground up. Why should you care? We are nearing 8 billion humans on this planet. I remember when there were 5 bill...ion. How many can we hold? What will your life be like if society crashes? There are many, many things that can be done to ensure your personal comfort with the time, money and resources you use every day, but in a way that may be just a little different; using a model to guide you. That is Step One. Step Two is beginning to think about The Next Planet. If we can't live sustainably on this one, then we certainly won't be able to live sustainably anywhere else. How many hectares are needed to grow the food you need, provide the water you drink and recycle the wastes you produce each day? How many people do you need around you to provide the knowledge, skills, products and services you require each day, to remain healthy, focused and alert? The model I have developed uses 160 acres/65 hectares with approximately 150 people. It is designed with a blend of academics, applied professionals and trades people. If a dome were put around it, and access cut off going in or out for an extended period, chances are, this community would do o.k., if not great. This is a requirement for living anywhere else (i.e. another planet). Not only that, the "spaced-out" geometric pattern provides for built in social distancing, before social distancing was cool (and no, I didn't invent the co-llusion), I simply like distance, by nature. That aside, I have been focusing on tech. Tech that I hope can benefit you. Currently, that work includes a workspace that takes up no more than a cube of 7'x7'x7', or 2.1 meters, cubed. In that workspace is a laptop or computer with at least two monitors (ideally three), a black and white monochrome laser printer (Brother L2320D), and A4 as well as US letter sized paper. Focus on details like these provides for greater precision, and an ability to find and deal with the details that matter. Although I have exactly 10 years of experience with WordPress this year (much of which is at the programming level; not just point-and-click), I have made the reluctant shift to begin to vet Concrete5. I will call this a "2nd Generation" or "Next Generation" platform. The coding structure is much more solid. WordPress is starting to show signs of age, as well as admittedly having security issues (the next to last version is always declared as "not safe to use", on a rolling basis). Concrete5 doesn't appear to have built-in deficiencies like this. Thus, if you would like to engage me in one of the services I am currently offering, please keep the above in mind. Although it may not have been explicitly stated on this profile or elsewhere, I do not provide a service going in and making final or last minute fixes or adjustments to a WordPress website. This is the wrong way about it! What I am working on currently is providing a way to make a site "platform generic", so that it matters less _what_ platform is being used, and it matters more _how_ it is set up. Contact me for details. I prefer working with people in the same timezone. I will likely refuse overseas work or work that is not being generated from this continent (North America). I will pay more attention if: 1. You are have a decent workspace set up (or are interested in setting one up). 2. You work with at least two monitors already (or would like to make that transition). 3. You are already running your website locally (or would like to do that). I use Ubuntu on a professional grade (though used) laptop. A Linux based machine is _much_ better for running a website locally. I can't support Windows running a local server due to the fact that they "do it backwards". Windows use of backslashes in paths (i.e. "\" rather than "/") messes everything up when simply copying and pasting code. For this and other reasons, I can't support Windows running a website locally. If you have read this far and are still interested, please let me know how I can help you. Realistically, I need to start requesting a 2:1 simbi:cash ratio. I do not know if Simbi has a specific rule about this, but the stark fact is, programmers have to eat too. Right now, I can't use simbi to buy food, clothes or get around town. If that day changes, then I can work for straight simbi. Right now I can't. To sum, using a model as a guide for living and working makes the day to day tasks easier, as I know that what I am doing (no matter how mundane), will eventually be fit into a system that will provide for my needs and that of others. As a programmer, I have the mindset working at the code level to pay attention to details that result in an overall structure. 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