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Does anyone know of a good internal website which would sit within our intranet (or not) and would be ...
13th November 2013, 10:46 AM #1
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.
13th November 2013, 10:56 AM #2
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.
13th November 2013, 11:19 AM #3
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?
Originally Posted by bladedanny
13th November 2013, 11:25 AM #4
It depends. The only bit I used PHP for was to pull text from a text file for notices and announcements.
13th November 2013, 11:28 AM #5
How about a Moodle install?
13th November 2013, 11:30 AM #6
Moodle, wordpress, joomla, sharepoint (shudders). Porbably from that lot, wordpress might be the easiest to get to grips with.
13th November 2013, 12:16 PM #7
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 )
13th November 2013, 12:48 PM #8
As I have posted on here before, our Intranet:
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
14th November 2013, 09:45 AM #9
Originally Posted by SovietRussia
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?
14th November 2013, 10:43 AM #10
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
Originally Posted by Arcath
If you want to read more on it, its called NTLM
Thanks to SovietRussia from:
Arcath (14th November 2013)
14th November 2013, 10:53 AM #11
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?
14th November 2013, 11:02 AM #12
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
Originally Posted by Edu-IT
14th November 2013, 12:06 PM #13
One PHP variant is this if the IIS server is using Windows Authentication:
Originally Posted by Arcath
@SovietRussia : how are you checking system status? Ping replies? Nagios? Manually changing a tick to a cross if someone reports it?
$initial = $_SERVER["LOGON_USER"];
$username = preg_replace("/.*\\\\/", "", $initial);
14th November 2013, 12:34 PM #14
Originally Posted by Dopefish
But LOGON_USER works equally as good.
$bits = explode("\\", $_SERVER['AUTH_USER']);
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.
14th November 2013, 02:48 PM #15
@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!).
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