What is Ralford.net?
Ralford.net is my attempt to design a weblog without using an existing software package. I
started putting it together in 2005, after slight frustrations with an off-the-shelf
. Since its beginning, I've integrated a wiki
which allows me to refer to its
entries from my weblog posts. This has been especially useful for ongoing write-ups
some of which are far too long
for a simple weblog post.
Ralford.net is powered by PHP 4.4.2 and MySQL 4.1.21 (although I use PHP 4.2.2 for testing; someday I'll upgrade
). For development,
I primarily use HTML-Kit
. I use
for revision control, and PmWiki
serves as my bug tracker.
The wiki is truely a work in progress (and so is all of Ralford.net for that matter). While it's well
along, I have not implemented all of the features it will one day have. This is especially due to the nature
of development: you don't notice the capabilities (or flaws) of a piece of software (or hardware) until
using it in the active world for some period of time.
I intended to let any visitor add or edit wiki entries, but I didn't consider that internet spam
programs would take advantage of this gateway to the web
. As a result, I've temporarily disabled
the features allowing visitors to add or update wiki entries (although I've recently included a feature for adding
comments to weblog posts
The Future of Ralford.net
As the content on Ralford.net continues to grow, I hope for it to reach a larger audience. RSS
help achieve this goal, but having a wider range of content would be a big help. With that said,
I am not against turning Ralford.net into a community weblog - preferrably with a small handful of contributors.
From the backend perspective, it would be exciting to release the Ralford.net shell as an alternative to
other open source content management systems
If You Want to Get Involved
You've probably noticed the form at the top of the page that lets users sign in. If you have
relavent content that you'd like to contribute, or simply enjoy writing about odds & ends (including
but not limited to: backpacking, funky music, and web development), drop me a line and I'll hook you
up with a user name (via web correspondence: balford, followed by 82, at the Google service
you know and love). If Ralford.net ever becomes a community weblog, it'd be most interesting
to have a variety of content, so don't be concerned if your interests differ from my own.
Valid RSS 2.0
As of 2006-06-03, Ralford.net posts are valid RSS 2.0. Feed operation could be different depending on your browser, since my feed was apparently valid
while failing to load as a Live Bookmark in Firefox 2.
is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License