Create Site Templates
If and when we install the Site Template plugin as described in ticket 501 , we should create a slate of templates that we might offer to users when they first create a blog. While working through this process, we should consult with Joe Ugoretz at MHC, because this is their plugin and they can advise us on how they use it in their install.
#1 Updated by Boone Gorges over 8 years ago
Here's how these "templates" work. (Keep in mind that I have not installed the Site Template plugin from MHC, but instead the Site Creation Wizard plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/site-creation-wizard/)
Both "Templates" and "Features" are, essentially, blogs whose settings are going to be copied over. In the case of Templates, everything - theme, theme options, settings, content - is copied over to the new blog. That's why you can only select one of them. In the case of Features, the plugin will copy over all non-theme-related settings from the Feature blog(s) in question that are not already set on the new blog.
I guess the idea is that you might have a "Research Blog" template (say) and Features like "Rich Media" or "Math and Science features" (LaTeX etc).
I think that this has the potential to be quite confusing. Here's a suggestion: we start off with Templates only. Once we have whittled down our Templates list to something workable, we can think about adding separate feature sets.
As for process: We can't activate the plugin on the production site until there are template blogs in place. So, I suggest creating a number of blogs (they can have the highest privacy level - visible only to admins) and setting them up as templates, before this plugin is activated.
#2 Updated by Matt Gold over 8 years ago
If we can customize the theme chooser page a bit, I don't think this has to be that confusing. It could be as simple as "Choose one of these pre-fabricated blogs or choose your own theme and customize your own site!" We could set up sample blogs for the following:
-- personal portfolio
-- department blog (features: calendar, etc.)
-- project blog
-- research blog
And we can take a look at existing blogs (refer to the case studies in our recent talk) to give us ideas for what to enable on each.
#3 Updated by Boone Gorges over 8 years ago
- Priority name changed from Normal to High
- Target version changed from 1.2 to Not tracked
This should happen soon, but it's not necessary for the 1.2 release. I'm taking this out of a milestone but bumping up the priority so that it doesn't get forgotten about.