[FieldTrip] new fieldtrip website

Robert Oostenveld r.oostenveld at donders.ru.nl
Wed Dec 5 16:51:11 CET 2018

Dear FieldTrip community,

The FieldTrip website has been implemented as a wiki using the Dokuwiki <http://dokuwiki.org/> CMS for more than 10 years now. But the ongoing struggles in updating the underlying code base to prevent being hacked (which happened a few times), the effort to keep the website/wiki free of spam (which happened too often), and to maintain and extend the documentation of thee website have triggered us to move to a new system. You may already have noticed that the wiki was not editable for some weeks: this was to allow us the opportunity to copy all content over. 

We now have a new website that is implemented using Jekyll <http://jekyllrb.com/> (which some of you might know from github pages). It is technically not a wiki any more, but importantly: you can still directly contribute. The important difference is that contributions are now done by editing markdown documents and using github <https://github.com/fieldtrip/website>. This allows us to review them for correctness and consistency and (importantly) to prevent spam. Furthermore, having all pages in one easily accessible place makes maintenance and large edits easier, and properly gives credits to the documentation contributors. To edit, you need a github account. You can do edits directly on the github website, or fork/clone the repository and send PRs.

The new website can be found on new.fieldtriptoolbox.org <http://new.fieldtriptoolbox.org/>, Up to now the main address www.fieldtriptoolbox.org <http://www.fieldtriptoolbox.org/> is pointing to the old one, but I will redirect it so that it points to the new one. It might take some time for you to see the change. The old website will remain available for some time on old.fieldtriptoolbox.org <http://old.fieldtriptoolbox.org/>. 

All content has been moved over and (almost) all URLs from the old website should point to the same page on the new website. The overall menu structure has been changed/simplified; hopefully you can still find the pages you are familiar with. The search functionality has been significantly improved and now automatically returns results both from website and email list. The new website also loads much faster than the old one, and you could actually get a fully functional offline copy on your hard disk or own server.

We are still (as always) working on improving the new website. Especially the overall organization of the documentation has gotten a bit messy over the years (in true wiki style ;-) and we will try to restructure it more and make the wealth(*) of documentation more accessible. Furthermore, you can expect some technical improvements and more to come in the future (check out the new matlab2markdown and markdown2matlab functions in fieldtrip/utilities). If you have suggestions, or if you are skilled with jekyll/html/css/javascript, or want to help out in any other way, please open an issue here <https://github.com/fieldtrip/website> to contribute.

best regards,
Robert, Eelke, Jan-Mathijs and the others that helped transitioning to the new website

PS (*) the FieldTrip website now has 944 pages of documentation (excluding the reference documentation) and 1022 figures. 
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