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Plone Content Management Essentials


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  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 264
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32687-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32687-5

Plone Content Management Essentials is a practical and thorough hands-on guide to using the powerful open-source content website publishing system, Plone. With this book as your guide, you will thoroughly understand how and when to utilize Plone, as well as how to install, configure and maintain a Plone-based website. You'll also be able to download the latest Plone installation from our website so that you can apply what you learn in the book. No prior knowledge of Plone is required to learn from this book, but it will enhance what you takeaway.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Using Your New Plone Site

Using Your New Plone Site

Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Plone and Content Management.

    Plone Basics.

      Underlying Architecture of Plone.

      When to Use Plone.

      Examples of Plone in Use.

    Why a Content-Management System?

      Features of a Content-Management System.

    Anatomy of a Plone Site.

      Plone Slots.



2. Installing Plone.

    Plone User Roles.

      The Manager Role.

      The Member Role.

      Workflow Roles.

    Installation and Access Requirements.

    Obtaining Plone.

    Installing Plone.

      Installing on Windows.

      Installing on Mac OS X.

      Installing on Linux/Unix.

      Upgrading Plone.

    Where Do We Go from Here?



3. Using Your New Plone Site.

    Joining a Plone Site.

      Logging In.

      The Member Home Page.

      The Member Folder.

      User Preferences.


    Working with Content in Plone.

      Creating and Modifying Documents.

      Adding and Modifying Events and News.

      Adding and Editing Files.

      Adding and Editing Other Content Types.

    Publishing Content in Plone.

    Utilizing the Content Discussion Feature.

    Searching Content.

      Using Advanced Search.



4. Additional Plone Elements.

    Using the CMF Collective.

    Working with CMFBoard.

      Installing CMFBoard.

      Creating a CMFBoard Forum.

      Setting Up ForumNBs.

      Adding Topics and Posts.

      Member Preferences for CMFBoard.

      Additional CMFBoard Information.

    Working with CMFMessage and CMFUserTrackTool.

      Installing CMFMessage and CMFUserTrackTool.

      Viewing the CMFMessage and CMFUserTrackTool Slots.

      Sending an Instant Message.

      Taking Action After Receiving an Instant Message.

    Working with CMFPhoto and CMFPhotoAlbum.

      Installing CMFPhoto and CMFPhotoAlbum.

      Creating a Photo Album with CMFPhotoAlbum.

      Adding Photos to a Photo Album.

      The End-User View of a Photo Album.

    Working with SimpleBlog.

      Installing CMFWeblog.

      Adding a Blog Folder.

      Adding a Blog Entry.

      Publishing Your Blog Entries.

      Additional SimpleBlog Configuration.

    Working with Wikis.

      Installing Zwiki.

      Wiki Basics.

      Working with Your Zwiki Wiki.



5. Customizing Plone.

    Working with Standard Slots.

      Changing the Location of Slots.

      Modifying the Visibility of Standard Slots.

      Making Slots Visible to Members Only.

    Creating and Maintaining Custom Slots.

    Customizing Tabs and Graphics.

      Changing the Tabs.

      Customizing Logos and Other Images.

    Internationalization and Localization of Your Plone Site.

      Localizing Your Plone Site.

      International Character Sets.



6. Creating and Implementing a Custom Skin.

    What’s a Skin?

    Elements of a Plone Skin.

      Preparing to Use a Custom Skin.

    Working with the Plone Base Properties File.

    Working with the Plone Style Sheet.

      Quick Style Sheet Primer.

      Structure of the Plone Style Sheet.

    Pulling It All Together.

      Define Your Goals.

      Developing the Overall Site Architecture.

      Determine Your Navigational Elements.

      Developing the Look and Feel.

      Fitting the Pieces Together.

      Plone Customization Example.



7. Additional Content-Related Techniques.

    Working with Plone Page Templates.

      The Zope Template Language.

      Working with Existing Templates.

      Creating a New Plone Template.

    Implementing Content Syndication.

      How RSS Works.

      Syndicating a Plone Folder.

    Creating and Using New Content Types.

      Customizing the New Content Type.

      Other Methods for Adding Content Types.



8. Technical Administration.

    Basic Plone Administration.

      The Plone Setup Screen.

    Backing Up Your Plone Site.

    Caching Elements in Plone.

      ZODB Caching.

      Additional Cache Managers.

    Using Plone with Other Applications.

      Zope Virtual Hosts.

      Running Plone with Apache.

      Running Plone with Microsoft IIS.



Appendix A: Using Python for Greater Customization.

    Getting Started with Python.

      Working with the Interpreter.

      Working with Strings.

      Working with Lists.

      Operator Overview.

      Basic Flow Control in Python.

      File Access with Python.

      Defining Your Own Functions and Modules in Python.

      What’s in the Standard Library?

    More Information.

Appendix B: Introduction to Zope and the ZMI.

    Fun with Application Servers.

    The Zope Framework.

      The Components of the Zope Framework.

    Zope and Objects.

      The Basics About Objects.

      Publishing and Managing Objects.

    The Zope Management Interface (ZMI).

      The ZMI Navigator Frame.

      The ZMI Workspace Frame.

      The Status Frame.

      Working with Objects in the ZMI.

      Undoing Actions.

      Object History.

    Where to Find More Information.



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