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PostNuke Content Management

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  • Copyright 2005
  • Pages: 576
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Adobe DRM)
  • ISBN-10: 0-7686-6598-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-6598-7

PostNuke Content Management is a practical, application-oriented guide to building content-driven websites and portals with the PostNuke package. Website developers will find that this guide will help you get your website up and running quickly. You'll learn how to install and setup PostNuke and use it to build fully-customizeable content-focused websites. Each section will take you to a new level of site development and will teach you tips, tricks and hacks to customize the function and interface exactly for your specific needs. Author Kevin Hatch maintains a popular PHP and PostNuke online tutorial and is an experienced PostNuke user, so you are sure to get thorough PostNuke information through this book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

I. EXPLORING POSTNUKE.

1. Preinstallation Requirements.

    Hardware Requirements.

      CPU and Memory.

      Drive Space.

      Network Connections.

    The Choice of OS.

      Crash Course in Linux.

      Crash Course in Windows XP.

    Software Requirements.

      Databases.

      PHP.

      Web Servers.

      Combined Server Packages.

     Helpful Optional Software.

      FTP Applications.

      Editors.

      Compression Tools.

      Mail Servers.

      Administration Tools.

    Troubleshooting.

      Common Linux Issues.

      Common Windows XP Issues.

      Other General Troubleshooting.

    Next.

2. Install PostNuke.

    New Installation.

      Database Preparation.

      Database Creation.

      Database User Creation.

      The PostNuke Distribution.

      PostNuke File Placement.

      PostNuke Config Permissions.

      Automated PostNuke Install.

      Manual PostNuke Install.

      Language Packs.

    Upgrade Installation.

      Back Up Everything.

      PostNuke Distribution Update.

    Troubleshooting.

      The Directory Name Is Invalid.

      All I See Is PHP Code.

      I Installed PostNuke to the Wrong Place.

      The Install Says My Config Files Are Not World-Writable.

      The Install Has Problems Creating/Populating the Database.

      I Know I've Created My User Perfectly, But the Account Does Not Work.

       My Install Worked But Now I Can't Log In.

      Getting More Help.

    Next.

3. PostNuke Essentials.

    PostNuke Terminology.

      Modules and Blocks.

      International Spellings.

      Themes.

      Stories, Articles, and News.

      Topics, Categories, and Sections.

      Hacks.

    Working with the Administration System.

      System Modules.

      Utility Modules.

      Content Modules.

      Role of the Site Administrator.

    Site Settings.

      General Site Info.

      Footer Messages.

      Backend Configuration.

      Security Options.

      Run on Intranet.

      HTML Options.

    Troubleshooting.

      No Authorization as Administrator.

      Locked Out Without Intranet Mode.

      Bad Default User Account Group.

    Next.

4. Modules and Blocks.

    How Modules Work.

      Configuring Modules.

    Core Modules Overview.

      Add Story.

      Admin.

      Admin Messages.

      Autolinks.

      AvantGo.

      Banners.

      Blocks.

      Censor.

      Comments.

      Credits.

      Downloads.

      Ephemerids.

      FAQ.

      Groups.

      Languages.

      Legal.

      Lost Password.

      Mailer.

      Mail Users.

      Members List.

      Messages.

      Modules.

      Multisites.

      News.

      New User.

      Past Nuke.

      Permissions.

      pnRender.

      Polls.

      Quotes.

      Ratings.

      Recommend Us.

      Referers.

      Reviews.

      Search.

      Sections.

      Settings.

      Stats.

      Submit News.

      Template.

      Top Lists.

      Topics.

      TypeTool.

      Users.

      Web Links.

      Wiki.

      Xanthia.

      XML-RPC.

      Your Account.

    How Blocks Work.

      Managing Blocks.

      Creating New Blocks.

    Troubleshooting.

    Next.

II. BASIC POSTNUKE.

5. Article Modules.

    Topics.

    News Articles.

      Category.

      Publish on Homepage.

      Allow Comments.

      Content Format Type.

      Notes.

      Program This Story.

    Sections.

    Admin Messages.

    Troubleshooting.

      Missing Topic Icons.

      Missing Article Image.

       Missing New Submission Email.

    Next.

6. User Interaction Modules.

    Polls.

      Advanced Polls.

      pnESP.

    Downloads.

      UpDownload.

    Web Links.

    Reviews.

    Comments.

    Troubleshooting.

      Advanced Poll Does Not Allow Votes.

      Surveys Disappearing in pnESP.

      Fatal Error with UpDownload.

    Next.

7. Community Building Modules.

    Calendars.

      PostCalendar.

      pnConcert/pnEvent.

    Forums.

      PNphpBB2.

      Xforum.

    Newsletters.

      pnTresMailer.

    Troubleshooting.

      PostCalendar "Compile dir Not Writable!"

      PostCalendar Changes Showing Late.

      pnEvent Block "Warning: Missing Argument".

    Next.

8. Online Gaming Modules.

    Multiplayer Gaming.

      pnClansite.

      pn-teamspeak.

      LTG GameQuery.

    Website Games.

      pnFlashGames.

      vQuiz.

    Troubleshooting.

      pnClansite Doesn't Register as a Module.

      pnClansite Error: Unable to Load Required Module!

      Black pnClansite Pages, Unreadable Pages.

      pn-teamspeak Error: Could Not Connect to Server.

    Next.

9. Users and Permissions.

    Basic User Administration.

      User Register Configuration.

      User Configuration.

      Dynamic User Data.

      Register Users.

    Groups.

      Creating Groups.

       Managing Groups.

    Permissions.

      Default Settings.

      Components and Instances.

      Setting Permissions By Group and User.

    Troubleshooting.

    Next.

10. Themes.

    Xanthia Templating Environment.

      How Templates Work.

      How Zones Work.

      How Themes Work.

    Theme Management.

      Configuring Xanthia.

      Theme Actions.

      Changing Themes.

      Obtaining Themes.

    Customizing Themes.

      Crash Course in XHTML.

      Editing Themes.

    Troubleshooting.

       .htaccess File Not in Your Web Root.

      Server Fails URL Rewrite Check.

      Blank Edit Theme Screen.

      Dynamic Stylesheets Don't Apply.

      Fatal Error in Zone.

      Recovering from Theme Failure.

    Next.

11. Case Study: Online Club.

    About the Site.

    Applying What You've Learned.

      Website Install and Preparation.

      Third-Party Module Installs and Setup.

      Core Module Setup.

      Interface.

    Seeing Results.

    Next.

III. CUSTOM POSTNUKE.

12. Enhanced Article Modules.

    Content Express.

    PagEd.

    PageSetter.

    Troubleshooting.

      Content Express Form Generates Microsoft Office Pop-Up.

      Content Express Manage XML Shows _CE_USER_XSLTNOTSUPPORTED.

      PagEd Cannot Find the PHP GD Image Extension.

      Imported News Topic Has Broken Image.

      Unknown Window Data in PageSetter.

      No Template Found in PageSetter.

    Next.

13. Money-Making Modules.

    Advertising.

      Banners.

      Recommend Us.

    Site Donations.

      pncPayPal Contribute.

       Donations Block.

      HTML Block.

    Buy and Sell.

      cmsMerchant.

      PayPalCart.

    Troubleshooting.

      Banner Is Added to Theme But Does Not Display.

      Security Alert from the Donations Block.

      File Has Been Encoded with the ionCube PHP Encoder.

      Access Denied to cmsMerchant.

    Next.

14. Support and Statistics Modules.

    FAQ.

    Live User Tracking.

      Online Block.

      pnBloodhound.

    PostNuke Statistics.

      Core Stats.

      Statistics.

    Troubleshooting.

      Inconsistent pnBloodhound Data.

      "undefined constant" in Statistics Parameter Configuration.

      Statistics Collect Stats Check Box Doesn't Remain Checked.

    Next.

15. Customized Themes.

    Theme Design.

       Crash Course in Design.

      Make Your Design Work.

    Jump-Starting Your Theme.

    AutoTheme.

      AT-Lite.

      AutoTheme Full.

    Troubleshooting.

      ERROR: xxxxxxxxx _NOTWRITABLE.

      Border Appears Around All Images.

      Administration Interface Is Distorted.

    Next.

16. Customizing Access.

    Specialized Groups.

      Determining Access.

      Setting Permissions.

    Access and Themes.

      Coding with Permissions.

      Dynamic Theme Elements.

    Troubleshooting.

       Trouble with Resource Identification.

      Fatal Error: Cannot Redeclare...In Permissions Pop-Up.

    Next.

17. Case Study: Information Resource Site.

    About the Site.

    Applying What You've Learned.

      Website Install and Preparation.

      Core Module Setup.

      Third-Party Module Installs and Setup.

      Groups and Permissions.

      Interface.

    Seeing Results.

    Next.

18. Static XHTML and PostNuke.

    Wrappers.

      PostWrap.

      NukeWrapper.

    XHTML Blocks.

    Static PostNuke.

    Troubleshooting.

    Next.

19. Dynamic PHP and PostNuke.

    Combining XHTML and PHP.

    Crash Course in PHP.

      PHP Syntax.

      Variables, Data Types, and Operators.

      Writing Output.

      Control Structures.

      Commenting in PHP.

    PHP in Themes.

      Create New Theme Variables.

      Generate XHTML Dynamically.

      Generate CSS Dynamically.

    Troubleshooting.

    Next.

20. Hacking PostNuke.

    Rules to Follow.

      Have a Plan.

      Maintain Original Source.

       Change as Little as Possible.

      Test as You Go.

      Document Changes.

      Use Existing Functions.

      Beware of Global Changes.

      Follow PHP Coding Standards.

      Follow Local Coding Style.

      Don't Hack in Production.

    Tools of Escape.

      PostNuke Swiss Army Knife.

      Broken Module/Theme Recovery.

      PostNuke Install Archive.

    Hacking Basics.

      Directory Structure.

      Code Hunting.

    Troubleshooting.

    Next.

21. General PostNuke Hacks.

    Website Settings.

      Change Title Display in Browser.

      Append Dynamic Keywords to Static.

      Create Description Metatag.

      Fix Copyright Metatag Date.

      Create Favicon Metatag.

      Display Indigenous Language Names.

      Add and Remove Tags from Allowed List

    Block Hacks.

      Apply Styles to Blocks.

      Page/Module-Specific Blocks.

    Troubleshooting.

      Table 'xxxxx.nuke_module_vars' Doesn't Exist.

      Site Favicon Does Not Appear.

    Next.

IV. ADVANCED POSTNUKE.

22. News and Article Hacks.

    News Article Display.

      Theme-Based Topic Graphics.

      Article Title and Links.

      Forcing Story Count on Homepage.

    News Article Submissions.

      Changing Default "Articles" to "No Category".

      Removing Article Categories.

      Adding Names to Anonymous Comments.

    Troubleshooting.

      Topic Icons Not Displaying.

    Next.

23. User System Hacks.

    User Registration Hacks.

      Requiring Optional Registration Fields.

      Prompting Users to Remember Their Password.

      Formatting the New User Email.

    User System Hacks.

      Requiring Fields in User Management.

      Disabling/Enabling User Logins.

    X-User.

      Settings.

      Messages Customization.

      Approval.

      User Blocks.

       Incoming Users Hack.

    Troubleshooting.

    Next.

24. Login System Hacks.

    Login Block.

      Customizing Labels.

      Adding Text.

      Adding Style.

      Customizing Page Labels.

      Customizing the Help Page.

      Customizing the Help Email.

    Login Process.

      Changing Login/Logout Colors.

      Changing Login/Logout Text.

      Forcing Redirect Page After Login.

      Adding Ads and Logos.

      Adding a Timer Bar.

    Troubleshooting.

      Linefeed Characters Not Rendered.

    Next.

25. Multisites.

    Multisites Basics.

      Documenting Domains.

      Documenting Tables.

    Splitting One Site into Many.

      Web Server Configuration.

      PostNuke Install.

      Creating Shared File Directories.

      Setting Up whoisit.inc.php.

      Duplicating config.php.

      Duplicating Tables.

      Duplicating Folders and Module Files.

      Duplicating pntables.php.

      Fixing config.php.

    Combining Multiple Sites into One.

      Web Server Configuration.

      PostNuke Install.

      Documenting Table Changes.

      Editing pntables.php.

      Removing Unneeded Tables.

    Troubleshooting.

      Wrong Parameters Folder Being Accessed.

      Unable to Load Database Driver.

      Shared User Logs into Blank Page.

    Next.

26. Case Study: Business Intranet.

    About the Site.

    Applying What You've Learned.

      Website Install and Preparation.

      Module Setup and Hacks.

      Groups and Permissions.

      Interface.

    Seeing Results.

    Final Words.

V. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A. Speed Up PostNuke.

    Improvement Basics.

    Light Speed PHP.

    Accelerate Apache.

    Additional Alacrity.

    Troubleshooting.

Appendix B. PostNuke Modules List.

Appendix C. Glossary of Terms.

Appendix D. Web Resources.

Appendix E. PostNuke API.

Index.

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