Posts in Category: Site Design

mojoPortal is Catching on at Universities!

Universites need a lot of web sites. They have many departments, divisions, research projects, events, etc., and they need web sites for all these things to disseminate information and to enable collaboration and communication between members of these various communities. With so many sites to manage, Webmasters at Universities need a good web infrastructure that allows them to easily deploy new sites and extend them as needed. Its only natural that Universites need content management systems and several Universites have selected mojoPortal for their content management needs.

Shaun Geisert, Webmaster, Division of Student Affairs, Colorado State University, recently let me know about a number of their sites already using mojoPortal as well as plans to use mojoPortal in another 20+ sites going forward.

Quoting Shaun: "Before discovering Mojo (I used CMS Matrix, btw), I had researched and/or used a number of other open source .NET CMSs in order to find one whose core framework best meets the needs of our numerous departments.  Since then, I’ve found it to be above and beyond anything else I’ve seen in the open source .NET realm."

When I look at all these sites I'm very impressed with the design work Shaun and his team did with all the different skins, they all look really great and it makes me proud to point them out as mojoPortal sites. They also produced a nice user guide document for their users that looks very professional and helpful and they've offered this document back to us as a contribution to the project. I probably need to de-brand it before sharing it so I'm not making it available right away, but will use it as a basis for producing a more generic user guide. To me, willingness to share is a clear sign that these guys "get" open source, and I'm really glad to have them in the mojoPortal community.

Another example of mojoPortal in use at Universities is the School of Health and Social Care at University of West England, Bristol.
They supported our efforts last year to implement multiple sites on a single installation using folder names, so anyone using that feature today can thank them for their good participation in the community. Quoting Matt Cownie: "we've had a tremendous amount of utility from mojo and its saved us an awful lot of donkey work." Matt is a great guy, I really enjoyed working with him on the multi sites feature last year.

A third example is the site for the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit.

Its really great to see mojoPortal catching on in Universities and other large organizations. We've got a lot of plans for continued improvements in mojoPortal and we hope to see more and more adoption.

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

A Couple of Nice New mojoPortal Sites

One of the great things about working on an open source project like mojoPortal, is finding out about the success stories from other people using your work. I started my day today on a positive note because of this nice email from Aaron Cardoz:

Hey Joe,
Hope all is well at your end.
just a small thank you and whoever has worked on the development of mojoportal.
It is a true success story.
Well, just wanted to list two successful websites made using mojo.
and heard of the recent success of the IPL league, cricket in India. This is the winning teams website. Both of these have been designed and developed by my team.
my corporate intranet is also developed around mojo completely and is awesome.
Thanks once again for time and dedication that has been put into this outstanding open source application.

Aaron Cardoz

Thanks Aaron! You made my day. You did a great job yourself with the design of these sites. Its very nice to know that mojoPortal is being used for the site of the winning cricket team!

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017. Makeover

With all the nice looking new skins from my recent skinning campaign, I decided it was time to give a makeover. The previous design was about 2 years old and was starting to look a little dated. I also wanted to reduce the clutter on the home page and try to have a more succinct marketing message. I think in the past I've thought that most of my audience were developers so I was packing in a lot of technical information on the home page, but over time I've come to realize I should be targeting more towards business people and emphasizing the business value of mojoPortal more than the technical merits, at least on the home page. So I hope you like the new look!

screen shot of new site design

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

mojoPortal Released

I'm very excited to announce the release of mojoPortal

Its available now on the download page.

The main focus of this release is making mojoPortal more attractive, with the addition of 21 good looking new skins for a total of 34 skins now included with mojoPortal. There were also a few minor bug fixes for things reported in the Forums since the last release.

Those of you upgrading should do a full upgrade, don't try to just upload the new skins as there were code changes needed to support some of these new designs. You should upload all the new files and restore your customizations to Web.config or user.config.

My goals in producing all these skins was to make mojoPortal more popular and also to prove just how skinnable mojoPortal is. You can have a site fully populated with content and dramatically change the look of it with one click by changing the skin. This shows that we really have achieved good separation of presentation from content in mojoPortal. Those of you following this blog have surely seen the screen shots over the last 20 days as I implemented these new skins. 21 skins in 20 days is not bad if I do say so myself. It says a lot about the quality of the rendered markup produced by mojoPortal that one can go and find nice standards based designs and create mojoPortal skins from them relatively easy at least if you have an understanding of html and css. All these included skins can be used as a starting point for further customization to make your own custom skins as well.

I'd like to extend a huge thanks to the great designers who have made their work available. All the new skins in this release are the work of only 7 designers, Andreas Viklund, FreeCssTemplates, Graformix, Denise Mitchinson, snop, styleshout, and arcsin.

As always, be sure and backup your site and database before upgrading and if you have any trouble let us know in the forums.

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

20th Skin Completed freecsstemplates-level2

I've just completed the 20th and final skin of this skinning campaign. Later this afternoon/evening I will be making a release to include all the new skins.

This one is based on freecsstemplates-level2.

freecsstemplates-level2 skin screen shot

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.