Last week I had an IM conversation with a friend who was curious about Graffiti. I saved the conversation because I thought both the discussion and the links might be useful for others interested in Graffiti, too.
I did take some liberties with the following text: names were changed to protect the innocent, some irrelevant content was removed, and some of the content was edited for brevity. Without further ado…
FriendX : I’m trying to determine what CMS engine I should use for my new site, FriendX.com so I wanted to ask you about Graffiti
DanH : Of course I say use Graffiti !!!
DanH : I think Graffiti is awesome. There are ways to extend it and the community has built a lot of cool stuff already, especially around blogging.
DanH : Download it and give it a spin. And check out Josh Ledgard’s blog for tips and tricks
DanH : And check out Keyvan Nayyeri’s Graffiti Extras project: http://nayyeri.net/blog/graffiti-extras-1-1-released/
DanH : And here is a post describing the Graffiti Blogging Extensions project - http://jeftek.com/web/graffiticms/using-the-graffiticms-blog-extensions-plug-in/
DanH : Enough info yet?
FriendX : overload maybe. so it’s not just a blogging engine? I know Content management system… but I saw some posts by you about turning it into an ecommerce site. Can it be pretty much anything?
DanH : Yup. Can be pretty much anything - check out the new CommunityServer.com - built on Graffiti
FriendX : ooooh, it’s so purty. Wow this thing is nuts. hey look, training videos… cool
DanH : Definitely take a look at the GraffitiCMS.com site - tons of videos, documentation and other stuff on there.
DanH : Installation and maintenance are a breeze - really
FriendX : It’s just that, I really don’t want to build my own site. So Graffiti looked like the new hotness
DanH : I think I’ve used Graffiti for about four different sites now - all of them completely different and only 2 of the 4 were blogs.
FriendX : do you still have those site links?
DanH : yeah… hold on, let me dig them up.
DanH : the e-commerce site: http://buywoodtoys.com/
DanH : an ebay comparison shopping tool… http://compare.buywoodtoys.com/
DanH : ugliest of them all, the RandomTweets blog… http://randomtweets.com/blog/
DanH : I’m going to eventually migrate my blog off my CS sites to this: http://graffiti.danhounshell.com/
FriendX : sweet thanks. they look good. Thanks for your help. I’m going to have to play around a bit
DanH : That’s the best way! No problem. Glad to help.