Trying to give something back to the Community...
In case you’re wondering why there has been a lack of activity on FAQShop of late it’s not because I’ve been on holiday or some other jolly – far from it.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been wanting to develop the new version of FAQShop based on a Content Management System (CMS or database driven), because of the numerous advantages such sites offer. But each time I think I’ve found a suitable piece of software, when I invest the time to “play” with it the end result is I find it’s unsuitable primarily because it doesn’t support the hierarchical structure currently employed on FAQShop (a key feature that sets the site apart from others and which is something I want to maintain going forward).
That was until Rod tipped me off about Drupal which from early on seemed to fit the bill. Anyway, to cut a long story short I’ve started developing the new version of FAQShop using Drupal and so far so good.
I am planning to continue to update the current FAQShop site on a more regular basis than of late, but for now I don’t plan on developing it any further including launching the Newsletter – apologies to those that have signed up, it is coming I promise and you’ll be the first to know about it.
I may add the “SCCM” and “SCOM” sections although I may save adding these until the new version of the site launches – nothing is set in stone and obviously the time taken to develop the new version of the site will somewhat dictate this decision.
How can you help?
Well if you want to help shape the future of the Microsoft Systems Management Community and see your name in lights then read on.
But many others will help right?
Please don’t think “Oh I don’t need to help as plenty of others will volunteer” as you’d probably be surprised to hear that I think I’ll struggle to get any volunteers to help me with this, which for me personally is very disheartening bearing in mind I provide FAQShop at my own expense, in my own time, and I don’t get paid for doing it – yes I do it primarily for love and to help a community that has helped me countless times in the past and I’ve no doubt will continue to do so in the future (okay enough of the violins – I’m not looking for any medals, just telling you how things are this side of the fence).
So in closing (and apologies this is a humungous Blog post), there are exciting times ahead for all of us. I hope as many of you as possible grab this opportunity with both hands to help shape the future of and ultimately strengthen the Microsoft Systems Management Community.
As always any thoughts, comments, questions, feedback, etc. you know who to call.