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The Symphony Network is evolving: We are in the middle of the transition from a theme park to an international airport. Besides the main site we now have Nick's extensions site, Mark's Symphony Ninjas, Stephen's and Marco's xPathr and many more national projects. As we're about to see more satellite sites coming up, it's time to think about how to visually tie them together, hence forming a strong and clear Symphony identity across the network.

Let Symphony Factory enter the stage.

Symphony Factory

The idea behind Symphony Factory is to provide an easy-to-use HTML, CSS and JavaScript framework to create websites for the Symphony Network with a unified design. Think of it as something like Twitter's Bootstrap or Zurb's Foundations, but specialised for the needs of a Symphony Network site.

The factory will offer:

  • layouts to create single or multicolumn designs
  • snippets to create common layout elements like articles, forms, buttons, tables, dialogs and more
  • content structure and typography
  • a universal Symphony Network navigation bar

We hope the factory will make the development and maintenance of existing sites easier and encourage others to create additional ressources.

Symphony Factory will be freely available for all Symphony Network sites as a Git repository. Also, the new default workspace shall be based on a modified version of the main layout.

Mockup: Symphony stream with open network overview

Mockup: Symphony stream with open network overview

Funding

The goal is to make Symphony Factory available and ready to use for the community late summer 2012. But creating a framework like this takes a lot of time and effort. To turn this idea into reality, Symphony Factory depends on your help to fund the work.

Johanna and I are up for the challenge and willing to invest our time. If you like the idea of a design framework for Symphony and want to support the project, a donation would be very much appreciated.

Click here to lend your support to: Symphony Factory and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

The basic goal is 2.000 EUR (approx. US$ 2.500), which will cover research, design and documentation. Of course, work will not stop after the initial release, but the more money is raised, the faster the factory can move on.

We are excited to make his happen - and hope that you think so, too. Thanks for your help!

Thank god! This is actually what I need :) Hurray for you both!

This is exciting! Thanks to everyone who as already donated to the project, especially to Soario for the generous kick-off.

Really really really (really) excited for this project. Really.

Half way now :)

Great stuff, can't wait for it to become real!

Love the mockup! I too am really looking forward to this project!

Thanks guys for your kind donations today!

Wow, I am really looking forward to this! GO, GO, GO!!!

ACE. Donated.

Wow!

Just love to see my name in the "forum" three times. Love the theme and the style: good job! Really looking forward to this.

Just love to see my name in the "forum" three times.

Haha … we could have made individualized mockups, huh! So at least we did one for you ;)

Donated. Thanks for y'alls work on this!!!

Who donated 78 cents?

The conversion rate from Dollar to Euro donated those cents ;)

Guys, thanks for your kind donations so far! Johanna and I will blog about the progress on my website the Github issue tracker and we'll post updates on Twitter as well.

Every cent counts: so if someone was so generous to give 5.22 € or more we would a) have a round sum again and b) come closer to our goal. Thanks for your support!

Darn it.. I was going for 15.22 to round number off and paypal rounded to 15.00 vos its brain wasnt good enough to do the currency conversion... anyways.. thats closer to total at least. ;)

Darn it.. I was going for 15.22 to round number off and paypal rounded to 15.00 vos its brain wasnt good enough to do the currency conversion... anyways.. thats closer to total at least. ;)

Hehe, same here!

Mockup looks beautiful. Keep going!

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Symphony • Open Source XSLT CMS

Server Requirements

  • PHP 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 or 5.6
  • PHP's LibXML module, with the XSLT extension enabled (--with-xsl)
  • MySQL 5.5 or above
  • An Apache or Litespeed webserver
  • Apache's mod_rewrite module or equivalent

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