Owners of websites that remained frozen for a year or more, because the _projects _they represent also were closed, or greatly slowed down their activity, face a big problem when those projects restart: updating the website without losing all its old content is really, really hard, if not impossible. Here is how I faced this problem with an old Drupal website, with an approach that can work on many other websites running off some database.
- A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about how I may build an advanced search utility for my own email archive. One way to make complex queries on the archive seemed to be to put it all into a relational database. Since the Dbmail system stores email in that way, I asked its developers and Harald Reindl (an email administrator at The Lounge who already uses Dbmail: I found him in the PostFix Mailing list archives) if Dbmail could be used in that way.
WordPress is a great online publishing system. One of its strengths, as far as I am concerned, is the administration interface, which I find flexible, efficient and easy to use. However, sometimes even that interface isn’t flexible enough.
Dadabik is Free Software that you can use (writing little or no code by hand!) to create PHP-based Web applications that even users with little previous experience can use to manage several types of (already existing) relational databases.