[pmwiki-users] Wiki farm confusion

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Wed Mar 15 20:36:12 CST 2006

On Wed, Mar 15, 2006 at 06:19:06PM -0500, The Editor wrote:
> FWIW, I think Pm is right about not setting up PmWiki to separate the
> code and the data by default.  I was absolutely thrilled I could just
> copy one folder onto my directory, tweak a line or two, and see it
> work.  Stunned, may be a better word.  Only later as I learned more
> did I realize a farm approach would be useful in making it easy to
> upgrade several fields simultaneously--as I maintain several sites.

BTW, I'm very glad to read this part, as it is absolutely one of
the things I try to make PmWiki do -- to generate a continuing stream
"Aha!", "Wow!", and "Gee, that's so easy!" experiences for the 
people who use it.  

And I think those experiences and expectations have to be set
from the very beginning, and PmWiki's "drop it in a directory and 
it just works" feature is definitely a part of that.  The initial 
excitement of getting PmWiki to work for the first time, and have
it come relatively easily, gives PmWiki a huge "first impression" 
boost and gives a lot of new administrators confidence to take 
it further (and to keep going even when things start to get a 
little stickier later on).


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