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Web software for publishing, Drupal hosting?

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One of the current questions i need answering is: what is the best web software for publishing?

For small volunteer groups, a situation most academic journals are in, running Drupal would be an overkill. Free, or cheap, hosting would possibly be a viable option (still, who’s going to install plugins and admin it is questionable), but i couldn’t find any on the web. There’s a long list of Drupal hosting companies at , but first couple that i checked were in $100/months region, which is useless for what we need. It’s more like £10-30/month cost that i’m looking for, with shell access to install plugins, or an easy automated way to do so through a web interface. The list is huge, so it’s most likely there are some who do it in budget affordable for our target group.

Gandi documents how to do it manually, but that’s an overkill for average academic journal. A much better, and a viable option, would be to have Drupal installation as a module that anyone can (few clicks) add to their virtual server. Good news is that Drupal is on the list of Gandi’s currently developed modules.  The question is, when will it be ready? I emailed support, will update here when they respond.

Recent news post points out that main stream publishers are switching to Drupal and saving costs by doing so.

More on hosting: here’s a Drupal offer that offers plenty for £25, including Drupal and plugin installation via web. I chated with their online sales: they give 30 day money back unconditionaly for hosting packages, but no free trial options to test how easy is administration of Drupal and plugin installation and config. Here’s some feedback on their services.


Written by KontraMraku

20 July 2009 at 19:21

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  1. I’ve used to host a MediaWiki site, and had no reason to complain about them. They have some hosting plans in that price range that let you do one-click installations of various kinds of publishing and project management software; they seem to support Drupal.

    But for an academic journal, why not use software that’s designed just for that purpose, and has built-in mechanisms for things like peer review? There’s a list of such programs here.

    Benjamin Geer

    20 July 2009 at 20:56

    • good point. One of those is a Drupal plugin: And dreamhost makes you install Drupal manually, i’m looking for the one with a web interface, like wordpress does it, few clicks to start, few more to customise, add plugins, and that’s it. That might not exist though, although the hosting i found above say they do offer it. I’ll believe it when i see it though.

      Toni Prug

      20 July 2009 at 21:08

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