Last week, I kicked off this series on setting up a basic web site with Drupal, the popular open source Content Management System. This week we’re going to take a closer look at Modules, the Drupal add-ons that can extend your web site’s functionality. One of the great things about Drupal is that it is a popular application with a large developer community working with and around it. So there are about a thousand modules that you can use to extend Drupal, covering everything from document management to payment processing. The good news: there’s probably one that supports the functionality that you want to add to your web site. Bad news: needle in a haystack?
Just to put this all together, I’ve written a F.A.Q. and a How-To on OpenID and added them to the OpenID offerings here at Techcafeteria which are, in a nutshell: The OpenID-enabled Blog; The OpenID server, which I’m committed to maintaining. Techcafeteria won’t be going away anytime soon!; A new OpenID F.A.Q., which links to other OpenID resources; and a new OpenID illustrated How-to, which uses the Techcafeteria server as an example but overviews how they all work. Why am I harping on about this? I really do think that OpenID offers a solution to a very pesky problem. I have an encrypted file with… Read More »OpenID Enabled
A quick addendum to my last entry: First, my apologies if you’re trying to play. For some reason, the DNS change that will allow you to access openid.techcafeteria.com is taking a looonng time to propagate. I’ve asked my ISP about this. And it makes no sense to give you the ip or an alternate name – you need the actual name to get this working. Don’t trust me to maintain techcafeteria.com 24/7 for as long as you may live? Good thinking! I’m hosting this on my home box, because I can’t hack PHP sufficiently in order to get it going on my ISPs system. So… Read More »Update on OpenID server
Yesterday, Sun announced a rollout of OpenID for all of the company’s employees, and joined Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL and others in embracing the emerging Single Sign-on standard. In order to deepen my understanding of OpenID and what it’s ramifications might be for me and the non-profit community, I’m diving in and inviting you to join me. I’ve set up an OpenID server at http://openid.techcafeteria.com that you are welcome to use to establish your own ID. From there, you can also manage your identity, optionally revealing some demographic info to sites that you authenticate to (completely optional!) and managing the sites that you have authenticated to.… Read More »Wanna play with OpenID?
Okay, I finished the big job of migrating my blog from it’s old home to my new digs, and I think I have the bugs out, with thanks to the two blogs that linked to my OpenID article, and the two people who let me know that the email was broken (making it impossible for people to register). We’re off to a good start! I offered some preliminary thoughts and asked a question about OpenID, proposing that, while this is a boon for users, it might have a negative impact on an organization’s ability to coax contact information out of web visitors, as providing personal… Read More »New Home, OpenID Redux
Earlier this month, in the Q&A following my Managing Technology 2.0 presentation at the NTC, I was asked how OpenID would impact organizational data management issues. I was somewhat familiar with OpenID, in it that I knew that it was a proposed standard for single sign-on and identity management on the net, but I hadn’t paid a lot of attention and I think my answer, that it would make verifying user data easier for non-profits, might have been way off target. So, to clear it up, I did some research. The “I’m feeling lucky” response from a Google search for “Open ID” is the very… Read More »What does OpenID mean to Non-Profits?