Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:28:43 -0400
Message-ID: <CAFsG+p5dsTGqTEfePDhY+NXTr-FUNMpvLPePgyOjEuO3i-U+Tg@mail.gmail.com>
Subject: Community Garden Website
From: Theodore Ruegsegger
To: [Current gardeners whose email addresses I have]

Fellow gardeners,

The Monson Community Garden has a new website. Don't get too
excited--so far, it's just the site. There's nothing on it so far.
I've been busy configuring the web server, and now it's working:

http://monsongarden.ngrok.io/

Technical details are at the end of this message for those interested.

The point is that we now have full control of our website and can put
anything we want on it.

And that's where I'd like your help. What shall we put on it? Some
things are obvious:

Information and General Guidelines
Application form
Plot Assignment map
News and Announcements
Tool Instructions: tiller, tractor, irrigation system
Seasonal guidance: fencing, pest control, final garden cleanup

Other things will help make it interesting and useful:

Pictures/videos
Lectures/tutorials
Slide shows/presentations
Crop Advice
Recipes
Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions

Please help with:

Ideas for topics
Content for any of the above
Organization, style and page layout

That last is especially important. I'm a decent engineer but nothing
like a graphic artist--my web pages are stark and utilitarian. I
welcome ideas or direct help from those of you that know how to make
attractive, welcoming pages. If any of you happen to be website
designers, so much the better!

I have no problem with giving any of you an account to upload and
manage content on the server. I also have no problem with getting the
content via email, or even offline, and adding it myself. If you don't
know html, etc, feel free to share page designs in any other format,
including paper; I can convert them to web documents.

For a start, I'd like to set up an attractive front page with links to
all the above. If you have any ideas, please share.

Ted Ruegsegger

ps. Technical details, as promised:

Where's .io? Indian Ocean? Huh?

Yes and no--as domain names are getting used up, new top-level domains
are meeting the demand. For more info, check
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.io

Anyway, the server isn't in the Indian Ocean, it's at my house. The
reason you all can see it is that I'm making use of a marvelous new
service called ngrok (https://ngrok.com/) that lets anyone run a
server to the general Internet without violating their Internet
service provider's terms of service.

The server runs Apache2 on Debian GNU/Linux. Login is via ssh, file
transfer via scp/sftp. If needed, I can set up:

PHP
PostgreSQL or MySQL
Secure web service (https)

tbr