Yesterday, konsole.kde.org got a new website.
Doesn’t it look nice? As a reminder the old website looked like this.
The content could probably still need some improvements, so if you find typos or want to improve the wording of a sentence, please get in touch with KDE Promo. The good news is that you don’t need to be a programmer for this.
With Jonathan Riddell, we proposed a new community goal: KDE is All About the Apps.
One part of this goal is to provide a better infrastructure and promotional material for the KDE applications (notice the lowercase a). I think websites are important to let people know about our amazing applications.
So if you are maintaining a KDE applications and want a new shinning website, please contact me. And I will try to setup for you a new websites, following the general design.
The new website uses Jekyll to render static html. Because the layout and the design aren’t unique to konsole.kde.org, I created a special Jekyll located at invent.kde.org/websites/jekyll-kde-theme, so that only the content and some configuration files are located in the websites/konsole-kde-org repository. This make it easier to maintain and will make it easier to change others website in the future without repeating ourself.
This was a bit harder to deploy than I first though, I had problem with installing my Jekyll theme in the docker image, but after the third or fourth try, it worked and then I had an encoding issue, that wasn’t present on my development machine.
How can I help?
Help is always welcome, the KDE community develops more than 200 different applications, and even though not all applications need or want a new modern website, there is tons of work to do.
If you are a web developer, you can help in the development of new website or in improving the Jekyll theme. Internalization, localization and accessibility still need to be implemented.
If you are not a web developer, but a web designer, I’m sure there is room for improvement in our theme. And it can be interesting to have small variations across the different websites.
And if you are neither a designer nor a developer, there is still tons of work with writing content and taking good looking screenshots. For the screenshots, you don’t even need to have a good English.
If you have question, you can as always contact me in Mastodon at @firstname.lastname@example.org or with matrix at @carl:kde.org.