[development] Domain Manager
agentrickard at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 22:32:21 UTC 2007
Some comments based on all the above.
There is a little domain management -- we use Widlcard DNS, so we actually
manage the active subdomains with the module.
I looked at the available options. There are several modules that are
similar (OG multisite, and multidomain come to mind). None of the modules
hit our use case. And pressflow_multidomain has no releases, so that's
See http://drupal.org/node/180225 for some other notes on multidomain.
The five important differences for Domain Manager -- which I may rename
Domain Access, since that's what it is -- are as follows:
- It uses node_access() instead of db_rewrite_sql() for partitioning
content. And the 'realms' that users belong to are based on the subdomain
they are currently viewing, not on any form of group membership.
- Content can be assigned to all domains, select domains, or just the parent
site. (Which is the same as the other modules.)
- If you don't have the 'set domain access' privilege, you are not even
presented with a choice during node creation or node edit. In those cases,
the node_access() rules are set based on configuration options and the
currently active subdomain. The module is written this way so that editors
can't screw up the system. In particular, I don't favor using vocabularies
for partitioning content since the UI is prone to human error.
- Optionally, you can also use the module to define editorial access to
content, based on assigning editors to specific subdomains.
- We separate editing privileges out into a hierarchical system. National
editors can edit all nodes ('administer nodes'), where local editors can
only edit nodes that belong to their domain ('edit domain nodes').
We also, btw, have a trick for selective table prefixing inside of
settings.php which I'm working on a UI for.
I'm not currently doing anything with menu entries, however, since the site
we developed for used Flash navigation (so we used that mechanism instead of
The plan is to create a series of small modules that add functions. See
http://drupal.org/node/180264 for example.
All of this backstory will go into the module documentation -- and it was
part of the Barcelona presentation. People I spoke with were anxious to
test the module, so it's in cvs a little ahead of schedule.
Hope to have a proper release by end of month.
- Ken Rickard
On 10/2/07, Boris Mann <boris at bryght.com> wrote:
> On 10/2/07, Greg Knaddison <greg at pingvox.com> wrote:
> > What about
> > http://drupal.org/project/multidomain
> > and
> > http://drupal.org/project/pressflow_multidomain
> > and I think even one more that I can't find at the moment.
> All slightly different. As is http://groups.drupal.org/hostmaster2
> Domain Manager (a misnomer a bit, I think), is optimized for the whole
> subdomain / shared database....not actually managing domains.
> We'll likely have a couple of these, since the goals for sharing
> content / users / etc. are all slightly different, as is managing lots
> of separate DB run sites for hosting etc.
> Boris Mann
> Office 604-682-2889
> Skype borismann
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