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    Question Internal Website

    Hello,

    Does anyone know of a good internal website which would sit within our intranet (or not) and would be the default page for the whole school (admin and curriculum).

    This page could have links, weather, and a message board, which could only be updated by the heads of site and senior teachers.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you.

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    How good is your HTML/CSS/PHP coding? We have an old (and I mean old) desktop running as a LAMP server. There is a basic landing page with boxes for various sections such as links, notices, search etc. The same server also hosts our helpdesk and xibo systems too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    How good is your HTML/CSS/PHP coding? We have an old (and I mean old) desktop running as a LAMP server. There is a basic landing page with boxes for various sections such as links, notices, search etc. The same server also hosts our helpdesk and xibo systems too.
    I'm pretty confident with my HTML/CSS skills but I'm very limited with PHP/MySQL. Would there be much tweaking on the PHP side?

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    It depends. The only bit I used PHP for was to pull text from a text file for notices and announcements.

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    How about a Moodle install?

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    Moodle, wordpress, joomla, sharepoint (shudders). Porbably from that lot, wordpress might be the easiest to get to grips with.

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    Yep tons of CMS systems out there for free.

    Do you actualy have a webserver internaly? If not cPanle or ISPConfig are reasonable options ( you could follow an ISPConfig perfect server guide )


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    As I have posted on here before, our Intranet:

    Internal Website-intranet.png

    PHP to pull timetable from Database (That uses SIMS to import to the database), personalised search engine provider, personalised notification system (If some students are in a club, teacher can message club), etc etc

    And a new thing, "System Status"

    Oh, and all built by myself in house, which helps with maintenance

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    Quote Originally Posted by SovietRussia View Post
    As I have posted on here before, our Intranet:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    PHP to pull timetable from Database (That uses SIMS to import to the database), personalised search engine provider, personalised notification system (If some students are in a club, teacher can message club), etc etc

    And a new thing, "System Status"

    Oh, and all built by myself in house, which helps with maintenance

    Out of interest how are you finding out who the current user is? Do they have to login or are you fetching it from one of the request variables?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcath View Post
    Out of interest how are you finding out who the current user is? Do they have to login or are you fetching it from one of the request variables?
    IIS Windows Authentication - If a user is using IE, and is on a domain connected computer and logged in as a domain user - It will pass the Username via IE, and then the code takes it and splits it properly

    If you want to read more on it, its called NTLM

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    Would you consider releasing it as a system for schools to use, or is it so heavily customised to your place, that it just wouldn't work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Would you consider releasing it as a system for schools to use, or is it so heavily customised to your place, that it just wouldn't work?
    The whole thing is built for us, so its customized from the ground up. I would have to rewrite loads of it and then release it, who knows what the future holds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcath View Post
    Out of interest how are you finding out who the current user is? Do they have to login or are you fetching it from one of the request variables?
    One PHP variant is this if the IIS server is using Windows Authentication:

    PHP Code:
    $initial $_SERVER["LOGON_USER"];  
    $username preg_replace("/.*\\\\/"""$initial); 
    @SovietRussia : how are you checking system status? Ping replies? Nagios? Manually changing a tick to a cross if someone reports it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopefish View Post
    One PHP variant is this if the IIS server is using Windows Authentication:

    PHP Code:
    $initial $_SERVER["LOGON_USER"];  
    $username preg_replace("/.*\\\\/"""$initial); 
    @SovietRussia : how are you checking system status? Ping replies? Nagios? Manually changing a tick to a cross if someone reports it?
    I use:

    PHP Code:
    $bits explode("\\"$_SERVER['AUTH_USER']); 
    But LOGON_USER works equally as good.

    System Status are done via PHP again, fsocketopen, send 1 bit of data - if success then echo Tick etc. But we cache the statuses, as a lot of kids loading the page would eventually cause an issue.

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    @SovietRussia Would you consider releasing the layout code? I'd love to re-do our intranet in that layout! Wouldnt need the system status and SIMS integration and the like (althought if you released that in the future I wouldnt say no!).

    Matt

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