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I'm considering CityDesk for a weblog. Can CityDesk create archives, listing the past postings that appeared each week? It's not clear whether the looping functionality supports that kind of aggregation.

Jared Levy
Sunday, May 19, 2002

Try this:

Sunday, May 19, 2002

I use CityDesk for my weblog and it has all the normal functionality a weblog has. Archives and so on. Unfortunately the content is still pretty tedious but that's not CityDesk's fault.

John C
Monday, May 20, 2002

If you want to see another CityDesk weblog, have a look at mine:

Of course, there are things CityDesk can't do that I'd like to be able to do, but for a version 1.0 product it's pretty cool.

Darren Collins
Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Since we're sharing, here's mine: 

For the archives, I've gone the route of using an .html page with a CityScript loop (for simplicity's sake) rather than using articles with nested loops (which I think is how Joel Spolsky does it on his site). When I want to break off a new archive page, I just clone the last one and change the date ranges in the loops. (I'm still not sure I'm satisfied with the way the archive is set up--I'm trying to balance keeping it extremely low-maintenance with having good usability).

Overall, CityDesk has worked fabulously well for me--in March, I went back and converted the whole site to CD. In my situation (low bandwidth, minimal technical skills and minimal access to the nuts and bolts of the server) CityDesk seems to be ideal. I do think, though, to get HTML that validates, you have to use an external HTML editor for the templates, and you should be careful that you don't let the internal editor touch your templates. If you use a lot of tags within the articles themselves, you'll probably find yourself sometimes going into HTML view to touch them up. With an occasional small touch-up, you should have no problem getting everything to validate.

Pete Riis
Thursday, May 23, 2002

If you're interested I wrote a little app that spits out html for a month calendar (as featured on my site) when you give it the magic names of the permalinks to the articles (and the prev/next month). Saves on a bit of grunt work if you're into blogging and cuts down on manual html editing.

Drop me a mail if want a copy. (Note: it does require the evil MS .NET runtime to be installed).

John C
Thursday, May 23, 2002

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