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...rambling rants, thoughts and musings on mostly political topics - from your late night blogger.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Bruck Easton website still in the 90's 
(en francais)

A friend of mine sent this link to a review of the National and Local candidate websites. The reviewer works in the field as a software/web appplication developer for a cutting edge web company.

For anyone that is interested, the local CPC site was constructed using Mambo, a free open source Content Management System (CMS). In the future I intend shifting it to Joomla, a new open source CMS that is an offshoot of Mambo. Using a CMS is worthwhile for political campaigns, EDA sites and various non-profit and charities. Once the initial site is installed, the content is easily modified using a web browser and editor, much like a word processor. No knowledge of HTML is required. The content of a site can be kept fresh by virtually anyone with a little bit of training, while the backend is managed by a more knowledgable person, although equally easy.

Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

* Homepage: http://www.cpcml.ca and/or http://www.mlpc.ca
* Local candidate homepage: NONE

Out of 2006, I give this website a 1995 (Weak) and I'm being nice and trying to disregard misspellings. As for the candidate's website (or lack thereof), I give the candidate a big fat 0 (Brutal)

New Democratic Party:

* Homepage: http://www.ndp.ca
* Local candidate homepage: http://www.joecomartin.ca
Out of 2006, I give the main NDP website a 2005 (Strong) , and the candidate's homepage a 2000 (Fair)

Liberal Party of Canada:

* Homepage: http://www.liberal.ca/
* Local candidate homepage: http://www.bruckeaston.ca/

Out of 2006, I give the liberal party's website a 2003 (Average) and the local candidate's homepage a 1999 (below average)

Conservative Party of Canada:
* Homepage: http://www.conservative.ca
* Local candidate homepage: http://www.voterick.com

Out of 2006, I would give the conservative party's website a 2004 (Above average) for the podcasts and features (-2 for the brutal abuse of flash throughout the homepage and some minor issues with colours and layout), and the local candidate's website gets a 2006 (Excellent) rating.

Green Party of Canada:
* Homepage: http://www.greenparty.ca
* Local candidate homepage: http://www.windsorgreens.ca/

Out of 2006, I give the green party's website a 2004 (Above Average), and I would give the local candidate's site a 1999 (Below Average)

Paul Synnott at 6:55 p.m.    | en francais | Go to Top|

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