While it took a solid nine days of mistakes, gross mistakes, and some steep climbing up a dozen learning curves, but I now have two prototypes running:[EDIT] A new day a new problem: Still faced with unresolved Duplicate Enter ... Key 1 errors and cannot log in.
A week ago I never touched databases, looked at css templates, or .php files. Anyway, to the point. COMMENTS ON THE FOLLOWING PLEASE:
My intention is to use the /ojs site as the low-bandwidth version and as the admin/editorial backend.
I am not really in a position to say this, but OJS strikes me as excellent in the back end, but very limited for creating a full feature, multimedia web site that easily integrates forums and features such as phpBB.
My plan is to see if it is possible, in the long run, to integrate the information and articles that OJS produces seamlessly into the front end, so as to avoid noodley business of moving articles and new information from the OJS platform to the Joomla frontend (and I am talking about a very long term here -- I am no coder).
I am working under a few (possibly quite mistaken) assumptions:
CMS systems such as Joomla and Drupal have much much larger development and support communities which produce more features, modules, expansions and templates.
OJS lacks an interface for sophisticated and easy design of the front end (the design template).
By combining the two --- Joomla (or Drupral) and OJS -- I am either:
A. wasting a lot of timeNo criticism of OJS is intended here
B. getting the best journal management system and expanded front end features with (as in the case of Joomla) reasonably easy out of the box template design capabilities.
-- I am totally sold on its unique character and utility. Nonetheless, OJS appears to have little by way of out-of-the-box design features for those of us who are not template cracks and css coders. I see some interesting stuff being done with OJS, but from a design and feature point of view, it seems like academic journals are, for the most part, stodgy, stuck in the late 1990s (as far as web design goes), and unimaginative regarding the possibilities that the web offers for the transformation of what a journal can be. Yet this may be a gross overstatement.Is anyone aware of another ejournal that uses OJS for the back end and some other cms product for the front end.
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