[development] Drupal Multi-Site Management
kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Thu Jul 20 05:47:59 UTC 2006
On Jul 19, 2006, at 3:39 PM, Tim Jones wrote:
> Hi Devlist,
> I'm working with Green Media Toolshed to set up a system for
> managing multiple instances of Drupal on the same server and
> sharing information between them.
> We're very keen on sharing this and collaborating on it with
> anybody who's interested in something similar. I'm trying to figure
> out which of these functionalities are too specific to our use-case
> to be useful to others, and which the community would benefit from
> developing a standardized and well-supported way of doing.
> So, I've included a list of our target functionality below. Send
> feedback! Especially if you're interested in collaborating on this,
> or are working on something similar, or if you have ideas about how
> to implement it in a way that will be in-line with Drupal Core's
> future direction, or if you think it's crazy and can't be done. If
> there is enough interest, we'll set up a Drupal Group to coordinate.
I outlined a summer of code project to do this and we had several
submissions. I haven't seen any progress updates on the developer
list about the SOC projects. You should check how that is working.
> Green Media Toolshed
> Multi-Site Hosting Requirements Document, v0.3
> Tim Jones - tim at tjones.cc - 19 July, 2006
> 1. Site management
> - Provide GMT admins with a "dashboard" list of all current GMT
> including partner information.
> - Automatically deploy new Drupal sites based on site-template
> via web interface.
> - Track database, client and domain data for all sites.
> - Allow and manage multiple domains/subdomains for each site.
> - Manage cron.php runs across all sites.
> - Run database queries across all sites simultaneously.
> - Manage and synch site filesystems.
> (I think this is only relevant if the setup it not using
> the Drupal "/sites/foo" convention.)
> 2. User / Client management
> - Users and clients have a many-to-one relationship.
> Clients and sites have a many-to-one relationship.
> - A user may log in to any site owned by that user's client.
> - Users have roles per-client that affect their permissions on
> client sub-sites.
> - Standard ("Authenticated") users are not shared between sites.
> (e.g. for Forums, Blog Comments, etc.)
> - Clearly the specifics of this need to be thought through more
> 3. API
> - Modules on a given site should be able to access contextual
> multihost information. For instance,
> - What client is this site for?
> - What other sites for this client are hosted on this system?
> - Any other relevant client/group data
> 4. For the Future:
> - Taxonomy sharing
> - Better mailing lists (possibly og2list?)
> - Multisite statistics aggregation
> - Other stuff?
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