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Author Topic: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization  (Read 7315 times)

rtaylor1987

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Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« on: September 12, 2009, 02:54:02 PM »
Ok, I've already read the guidelines, and I'm pretty sure I'm abiding by them.

I'm going to re-design a website for a non-profit organization [positive-changes.org] that helps handicapped people that either don't have insurance, or have had their insurance cancelled.

What they've requested is a File Management system and a Content Management System in one application.

I found a file management system that they LOVE [PGRFileManager - http://sourceforge.n...ects/pgrfilemanager/] and I also have heard great things about CKEditor (formerly FCKEditor) [ckeditor.com], so I thought I'd try to mix them together.

This is my 18th day straight now, and I can't figure out how to push them together. I'll admit, I'm still fairly novice at PHP, and chances are, this is something that can be throw together in a few minutes - I just don't know how.

Side note: For those of you who have downloaded PGRFM, in order to get it to work you have to edit the root directory in the config file - also, it shows up in german at first, but then it goes to English (I've already fixed this problem on my version).

I'm aware that PGRFM also has a "plugin" for FCKEditor - preferably, I'd like to have the ability to simply right click on a page inside the PGR file management system, and have "edit this file" in the context menu - and then CKEditor loads with the data from the file.

If anyone can figure this out, I would GREATLY appreciate it. My client (positive-changes.org) doesn't have the money to buy software like this (I'm actually doing the website for free), and I can't seem to find any open-source program to fit their needs.

Thanks for your time!
« Last Edit: September 12, 2009, 02:57:46 PM by rtaylor1987 »

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2009, 07:10:02 PM »
fckeditor is good.  don't know about PGRFileManager.

But.. if they really want the features of a CMS.. you might be better off finding an open source CMS that has a really good file management addon than trying to roll your own..
« Last Edit: September 12, 2009, 07:12:13 PM by mouser »

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 10:04:52 AM »
Mouser,

Thanks for the quick reply!

I agree that it would be better (and easier) to find an open source CMS that meets their requirements... the only problem: I can't find one!

It has to be flat-file since they don't have any databases with their hosting plan
It has to have a WYSIWYG html editor - since they don't know HTML
It has to have a file management system
And most importantly: It has to be free - since they don't even receive donations.

I've searched for close to a week and have found nothing - this is the only solution I could come up with. If you know of an open-source CMS that meets these requirements, PLEASE let me know!

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 10:08:48 AM »
well the flat file thing is going to be the show stopper.  not that their aren't flat file cms solutions, but they are few and far between.

surely they can get hosting that will let them use a database.  there has to be free hosting for them somewhere that would give them a database or two.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009, 10:16:50 AM »
there has to be free hosting for them somewhere that would give them a database or two.

Actually, there is: http://www.zymic.com/

But there are certain file formats they don't allow. In fact, all file formats are disallowed by default unless they appear on the allow list, and these particular ones will never appear on that list:

.mp3
.asp
.aspx
.cgi
.pl
.exe
.ds_store
.bsp
.arch00

And email services do not come with the free package. You can't send or receive any email with it, so things like forums that require registration and send out confirmation emails are out of the question, as well as Wordpress blogs that allow readers to be notified by email of new comments to posts. (you can integrate GMail for Domains with it though)
« Last Edit: September 13, 2009, 10:28:31 AM by app103 »

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 10:24:45 AM »
Not only that but a non-profit surely can afford $5/month for a hosting account over at Hostgator.  You'll find that by getting a better hosting account will save them so many future headaches and ultimately cost (based on time).  Plus it will allow them to use a CMS system like Joomla or Drupal.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2009, 10:54:17 AM »
one could also use SQLite, it gives you a database backend without needing to run a database server. Firefox uses sqlite to store bookmarks, history and whatnot.

It might not be as fast as a so-called real database, but it also does not need to maintain yet more user accounts: the database is a simple file, which will be protected by the file system permissions.

Now, sqlite is not a preferred storage backend but some projects (drupal for example) have begun supporting sqlite. I do not know of a CMS that supports sqlite, but I am sure there are quite a few.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2009, 11:21:35 AM »
unless i misunderstand, sqlite is not really relevant for a web site project like this.

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some projects (drupal for example) have begun supporting sqlite.
well maybe i stand corrected -- still seems like a weird concept to me.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2009, 11:49:52 AM »
There is also Pluck: http://www.pluck-cms.org

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2009, 03:54:52 PM »
Thanks for all of the replies guys,

I'm going to start from the bottom and work my way up:

Pluck looks great, the only downfall is that it is template-based. Not exactly something I could use if I'm creating a new custom-design for this organization.

I'll definitely look into the SQLite - hopefully I can get it to work.

This organization really CANNOT afford $5 - as I said before, they don't even get donations. It's all volunteer work with no profit whatsoever. I'll speak to the owner though and see if maybe he can find a different hosting service, possibly zymic.

Thanks again for all of your help, advice, and input guys.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2009, 05:35:57 PM »
If you are US based then Dreamhost give their top tier hosting to non-profits for free...

http://wiki.dreamhos.../Non-profit_Discount

If you are outside the US you could always contact them and ask what you'd have to do to qualify.
Edit: just checked your site and looks like you are in the US.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2009, 01:18:34 PM »
I know PGRFileManager.

It is simple script to manage file via web page.
It has only few functions, but I love it.

You can also use it instead of FCKEditor file manager.
I don't know is it work with new CKEditor, but with FCKEditor 2.6 works very well.

There isn't german language in PGRFileManager, there is only english, and polish :)


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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2009, 03:05:12 PM »
CKEditor is FCKEditor.  FCKEditor no longer exists and should not be used - they won't support any future releases

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2009, 04:17:48 PM »
As I now CKEditor has completely new engine.
You can't easily migrate from FCKEditor to CKEditor.
There aren't any official documents about migration yet.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2009, 11:10:33 AM »
Migrating is dead simple.  I migrated an install in minutes.

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2009, 03:02:38 PM »
Veign - would you mind letting me know the secret? Like I said, I can get CKEditor to show up, and there's text inside of the textarea - but when I make a change and hit "save" it goes back to the way it was. Is there some snippet of code that I need to use in order to get this thing going?

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Re: Need Code For Non-Profit Organization
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2010, 07:26:01 AM »
Hi,

New PGRFileManager version support edit files with CKEditor.

Cheers, Grzesiek