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Plone Fast Track: The Basics of Building a Content Management System with Ploneby Julie C Meloni
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
This guidebook for using Plone 2.0 for content management is for readers with little or no knowledge of the program, Zope Application Server, or the Python scripting language. It covers how to install, maintain, and configure a Plone-based website, as well as upgrading, administration, and customization. Other topics encompass adding and modifying types of content, third-party add-ons, creating and implementing a skin, page templates, the Python language, and the Zope application server. Meloni is a technical director and develops web-based applications for a multimedia company. She has written books on web-based programming languages and database topics.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
This guidebook for using Plone 2.0 for content management is for readers with little or no knowledge of the program, Zope Application Server, or the Python scripting language. It covers how to install, maintain, and configure a Plone-based website, as well as upgrading, administration, and customization. Other topics encompass adding and modifying types of content, third-party add-ons, creating and implementing a skin, page templates, the Python language, and the Zope application server. Meloni is a technical director and develops web-based applications for a multimedia company. She has written books on web-based programming languages and database topics. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Plone, an open source technology for Web and content publishing that is built on the powerful and free Zope Application server. Plone requires minimal effort to set up, flexible, and allows for the facilitation of content creation, publication and retrieval of content on large and complex Web sites. It does this through built-in tools and through a customizable and highly usable interface. To use Plone you dont need to learn anything about Zope, but a small amount of knowledge of Zope is helpful. Nasa uses Plone for their WITS project and Plone also powers their extremely popular Mars Rover Web site.
Author Julie Meloni, employs Plone on a daily basis in her work. In "Plone Web Development," Julie writes a practical application-oriented guide to building content-intensive Web sites and portals with the Zope-based Plone package.
About the Author
Julie C. Meloni is the technical director for i2i Interactive, a multimedia company located in Los Altos, California. She has been developing web-based applications since the web first saw the light of day and remembers the excitement surrounding the first GUI web browser. She has authored several books and articles on web-based programming languages and database topics, most notably PHP, MySQL and Apache. You can find translations of her work in several languages, including Chinese, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and even Serbian. Although Julie can't read these languages, she thinks that's very cool. Julie is also a course developer and instructor at Sessions.edu Online School of Design, where she teaches students the wonders of dynamic websites.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Plone and Content Management.
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.
2. Installing Plone.
Plone User Roles.
The Manager Role.
The Member Role.
Installation and Access Requirements.
Installing on Windows.
Installing on Mac OS X.
Installing on Linux/Unix.
Where Do We Go from Here?
3. Using Your New Plone Site.
Joining a Plone Site.
The Member Home Page.
The Member Folder.
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.
Using Advanced Search.
4. Additional Plone Elements.
Using the CMF Collective.
Working with 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.
Adding a Blog Folder.
Adding a Blog Entry.
Publishing Your Blog Entries.
Additional SimpleBlog Configuration.
Working with Wikis.
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.
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.
Basic Flow Control in Python.
File Access with Python.
Defining Your Own Functions and Modules in Python.
What’s in the Standard Library?
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.
Where to Find More Information.
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