Archive:Intro To Web Team

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So you've decided to join the web team? Sweet! We can use all the help we can get. This page is the place to start understanding the website's infrastructure so that you can help hack! There's also a more detailed Website documentation, if that was what you were looking for. We have Web_Team#Meetings sometimes.

Chatting Us up on IRC

We chat in #freeculture on If you know nothing about IRC, fear not! We have an easy guide to IRC (click). Making a practice of idling in the IRC channel and asking questions is a great way to begin to get involved with the website and the organization in general!

The Server

The web server is hosted in Japan. It's a box that runs some flavor of linux. It contains the Web site, wiki, planet, blog, and a cornucopia of chapter websites.

Connecting to it

Instead of using FTP, we use SSH (click to learn how to use it).

File Structure

It can be confusing, so we should explain it.

The Back End

(this should include the software behind the sections, where they are in the document tree, and any necessary info for using/administrating them)

The "Main" Site is powered by Wordpress. That means that the actual content of the pages can be updated by WebDev laymen.

The Wiki

The wiki is, of course, powered by MediaWiki.

Mailing Lists

The mailing lists are powered by something. These include some chapter mailing lists.

The Planet

The Planet is powered by something else.

Chapter Websites

There are also a few chapter websites at These consist of any combination of a blog, a wiki, and a mailing list. See Hosting chapters.