May 18th, 2008


Wanted — someone to do some web stuff.

The OpenGuides website needs an overhaul, and I've been blocking on it for so long that I decided it was time to try and throw some money at the problem. Not a lot of money, because it's coming out of my pocket; I was thinking of about £50, so obviously we need someone who'll do it at mates' rates rather than market rates.

The problem with the current site is that it's too hard to update (as you can see from the date of the "Latest project news"...) It's overcomplicated, for one thing, and it assumes that it lives at the server root, so it's a pain in the ass to check out, modify, and test. What we'd like is for someone to rewrite it using nothing other than HTML and SSI; no Perl, no PHP, etc.

Other requirements:

  • No duplication anywhere; menus, footer, navbar, etc should be defined exactly once and then included with SSI where required.
  • It should always be possible to check the site out of svn and amend and test it without it necessarily being at the document root.
  • Any design/appearance stuff should be done with CSS, and the CSS classes should be compatible with those used by OpenGuides itself so when we start shipping a default CSS file with the OpenGuides distribution we can have a consistent look with the OpenGuides website.

The svn repo for the current site is at

Note: I'm not looking for someone to work on the OpenGuides application (well, I'm always looking for new OpenGuides developers, but that's not what this post is about). I'm looking for someone to overhaul the website at which describes what OpenGuides is about, links to the various Guides, and has project news etc.

Anyone interested?