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I wasn't sure what category fit this question, but I'm interested in some thoughts on how to build information heavy sites in Umbraco. How would you go around building a site like wikipedia in umbraco?
Would Umbraco be fit to handle such a massive umbraco.config file? Would you create a seperate database with a LINQ datacontext (or would you wait building wikipedia till LINQ to Umbraco was released for the masses ;)?
Please share some thoughts on how to structure giant sites in Umbraco. Please feel free to play with this question in any way you'd like to ;)
I wouldn't want to build something like a "wiki" in umbraco for many reasons... i doubt it's managable (even if it's technically possible)
Neither would I build a complete wikipedia in Umbraco, albeit the Danish version (currently 103k docs) wouldn't cause problems with Umbraco atm ;-)
But Umbraco is not designed for huge wikis due to it's focus on hierarchy. However, the wiki on Our runs on umbraco nodes only so it's definitely possible for smaller (<5-10k items) wikies.
There's plenty of good and specialized wiki software available on all types of platforms of a wiki is the only thing needed.
I didn't consider having all the information in umbraco a good idea either, but I considered whether creating templates in Umbraco could be a good idea, and then have a second DB for all the user-submitted data. In that way (atleast from my perspective) the information of the site and the structure would still be fairly easily managed. You'd still have to create managerpages for the data, but the administration of the sitestructure would be less costly wouldn't it?
and when I say creating templates in Umbraco I mean, that all non-user-submitted information should be managable through Umbraco. So this includes also include all other aspects of Umbraco (macros, media and the likes)
Ok, please tell me why this would be a bad idea:
I would have 2 databases:
One for Umbraco that handled all of the site structural content and the usersIn this way, the website structure could be built in umbraco. All templates, css and usercontrols could be easily managed through umbraco. You could use xslt to create main menu's and have editors writing the "about" pages. I would use umbraco to manage users, in this way, the other DB (even if someone tampered with data entered) would never have access to user-sensitive information (perhaps through shell-scripting, but then the security issues would be pretty mayor. You would also be able to create a multilingual site fairly easily.
One for all user submitted data. This information would be rendered into the templates, and managable through usercontrols.
You would not have direct access to all of the data through umbraco, but you would have access to managing the admin templates, and you could also set permissions from inside umbraco.
Am I completely not understandig some vital code-ethics here?
i doubt there's a real reason why you shouldn't be able to, but i'm kind of against reinventing the wheel, and using best of breed solutions.
If a client wants a blog, i'll first check if dasblog/wordpress is a suitable solution, if they want a medium sized website withouth document managament, i'll look at umbraco, if they need a collaboration portal, i'll look at sharepoint, if they want a wiki, i look at a wiki software, and not so much a publishing platform.
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