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Controlling Zope with the Management Interface

After you successfully log in, you see a Web page of the Zope management interface, as shown in Figure 2.1.

The Zope management interface enables you to control Zope within your Web browser.

Figure 2.1 The Zope management interface.

Using the Navigator

The Zope management interface is broken up into three frames. With the left frame, you navigate around Zope much like you would navigate around a file system with a file manager, such as Windows Explorer. This frame is called the Navigator, and it is shown in the left frame of Figure 2.1. In this frame, you see the Root folder and all its subfolders. The Root folder is in the upper-left corner of the tree. The Root folder is the "top" of Zope. Everything in Zope lives inside the Root folder.

Some of the folders have plus marks to the left of them. These plus marks enable you to expand the folders to see the subfolders that are inside.

Above the folder tree, Zope shows you login information. In this screenshot, you can see that you are currently logged in as manager. When you log in to Zope you will use the initial user account and you will see the name of this account in place of manager.

To manage a folder, click it, and it appears in the right frame of the browser window. This frame is called the Workspace.

Using the Workspace

The right frame of the management interface shows the object you are currently managing. When you first log onto Zope, the current object is the Root folder, as shown in the right frame of Figure 2.1. The Workspace gives you information about the current object and enables you to change it.

Across the top of the screen are a number of tabs. The currently selected tab is highlighted in a lighter color. Each tab takes you to a different view of the current object. Each view enables you to perform a different management function on that object.

In Figure 2.1, you are looking at the Contents view of the Root folder object.

Another feature of the Workspace is a description of the current object's type and URL. Just below each tab is an icon representing the current object's type. The object's URL is next to that icon.

In Figure 2.1, Folder at / tells you that the current object is a folder and that its URL is /. Note that this URL is the object's URL relative to Zope's base URL. So, if the URL or your Zope site was http://mysite.example.com:8080, then the URL of the Folder at /myFolder would be http://mysite.example.com:8080/myFolder.

As you explore different Zope objects, you find that the URLs (as displayed in the management screen) can be used to navigate between objects.

For example, if you are managing a folder at /Zoo/Reptiles/Snakes, you can return to the folder /Zoo by clicking the word "Zoo" in the folder's URL.

The last frame is the uppermost top frame in Zope. This contains a pull-down box that enables you to select:

  • Preferences—Here, you can set a default preference for your Zope session, and you can even set it to hide the top frame.

  • Logout—Selecting this menu item logs you out of Zope.

  • Quick Start Links—These are quick links out to Zope documentation and community resources.

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