CMS Design Using PHP and jQuery

CMS Design Using PHP and jQuery
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Table of Contents
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  • Create a completely functional and a professional looking CMS
  • Add a modular architecture to your CMS and create template-driven web designs
  • Use jQuery plugins to enhance the "feel" of your CMS
  • A step-by-step explanatory tutorial to get your hands dirty in building your own CMS

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 340 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2010
ISBN : 1849512523
ISBN 13 : 9781849512527
Author(s) : Kae Verens
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Web Development, Content Management (CMS), jQuery, Open Source, PHP

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: CMS Core Design
Chapter 2: User Management
Chapter 3: Page Management – Part One
Chapter 4: Page Management – Part Two
Chapter 5: Design Templates – Part One
Chapter 6: Design Templates – Part Two
Chapter 7: Plugins
Chapter 8: Forms Plugin
Chapter 9: Image Gallery Plugin
Chapter 10: Panels and Widgets – Part One
Chapter 11: Panels and Widgets – Part Two
Chapter 12: Building an Installer
  • Chapter 1: CMS Core Design
    • The CMS's private and public areas
      • The front-end
      • The admin area
    • Plugins
    • Files and databases
      • Directory structure
      • Database structure
      • The configuration file
    • Hello World
      • Setup
      • Front controller
      • Reading page data from the database
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: User Management
      • Types of users
      • Roles
      • Database tables
      • Admin area login page
      • Logging in
      • Logging out
      • Forgotten passwords
      • User management
        • Deleting a user
        • Creating or editing a user
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Page Management – Part One
        • How pages work in a CMS
        • Listing pages in the admin area
          • Hierarchical viewing of pages
          • Moving and rearranging pages
        • Administration of pages
          • Filling the parent selectbox asynchronously
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Page Management – Part Two
          • Dates
          • Saving the page
          • Creating new top-level pages
            • Creating new sub-pages
          • Deleting pages
          • Rich-text editing using CKeditor
            • File management using KFM
          • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Design Templates – Part Two
              • Adding jQuery to the menu
                • Preparing the Filament Group Menu
                • Integrating the menu
                • Choosing a theme in the administration area
                • Choosing a page template in the administration area
                • Running Smarty on page content
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Plugins
                • What are plugins?
                  • Events in the CMS
                  • Page types
                  • Admin sections
                  • Page admin form additions
                • Example plugin configuration
                • Enabling plugins
                • Handling upgrades and database tables
                • Custom admin area menu
                • Adding an event to the CMS
                • Adding tabs to the page admin
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Forms Plugin
                  • How it will work
                  • The plugin config
                  • Page types in the admin
                  • Adding custom content forms to the page admin
                  • Defining the form fields
                  • Showing the form on the front-end
                  • Handling the submission of the form
                    • Sending by e-mail
                    • Saving in the database
                  • Exporting saved data
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Image Gallery Plugin
                    • Plugin configuration
                    • Page Admin tabs
                    • Initial settings
                    • Uploading the Images
                      • Handling the uploads
                      • Adding a kfmget mod_rewrite rule
                      • Deleting images
                    • Front-end gallery display
                    • Settings tab
                    • Grid-based gallery
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Panels and Widgets – Part One
                      • Creating the panel plugin
                      • Registering a panel
                      • The panel admin area
                        • Showing panels
                      • Creating the content snippet plugin
                      • Adding widgets to panels
                        • Showing widgets
                        • Dragging widgets into panels
                        • Saving panel contents
                      • Showing panels on the front-end
                      • Summary
                      • Chapter 11: Panels and Widgets – Part Two
                        • Widget forms
                          • Saving the snippet content
                          • Renaming widgets
                          • Widget header visibility
                          • Disabling widgets
                          • Disabling a panel
                          • Deleting a panel
                          • Panel page visibility – admin area code
                          • Panel page visibility – front-end code
                          • Widget page visibility
                        • Summary
                        • Chapter 12: Building an Installer
                          • Installing a virtual machine
                            • Installing VirtualBox
                            • Installing the virtual machine
                            • Installing the CMS in the VM
                          • Creating the installer application
                            • Core system changes
                            • The installer
                          • Checking for missing features
                          • Adding the configuration details
                          • Summary

                          Kae Verens

                          Kae Verens is an owner manager of the web-development company and is currently secretary of the Irish PHP Users Group. He has been writing in JavaScript since the mid 90s, and in PHP since the late 90s. Kae is the creator of the file management system KFM, the CMS WebME (used by for over 200 separate clients), and the author of the Packt book jQuery 1.3 with PHP.


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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Create your own plugin architecture
                          • Manage users, using e-mail verification, hashes, and captchas
                          • Enhance your administration forms using jQuery
                          • Test your system using virtual machines
                          • Write upgrade scripts that automatically patch your system
                          • Manage multiple site design templates using Smarty
                          • Learn how easy it can be to extend your own CMS from the multiple plugins that are provided and explained
                          • Learn how panels work, and use them to make flexible drag-and-drop layouts with widgets
                          • Create an installer, using virtual machines for the test environment of your CMS


                          In Detail

                          PHP and JQuery are two of the most famous open source tools used for web development. This book will explain how to leverage their power by building a core CMS, which can be used for most projects without needing to be changed, and how to add custom plugins that can then be tailored to the individual project.

                          This book walks you through the creation of a CMS core, including basic page creation and user management, followed by a plugin architecture, and example plugins. Using the methods described in this book, you will find that you can create distinctly different websites and web projects using one codebase, web design templates, and custom-written plugins for any site-specific differences. Example code and explanation is provided for the entire project.

                          This book describes how to use PHP, MySQL, and jQuery to build an entire CMS from the ground up, complete with plugin architecture, user management, template-driven site design, and an installer.
                          Each chapter walks you through the problems of various aspects of CMS design and their solutions, with example code and explanation provided for the chosen solutions.

                          A plugin architecture is explained and built, which allows you to enhance your own CMS by adding site-specific code that doesn't involve "hacking" the core CMS.
                          By the end of the book, you will have developed a full CMS, which can be used to create a large variety of different site designs and capabilities.

                          An in-depth walk-through in building a PHP and jQuery plugin-based CMS project.


                          This is a practical, tutorial-style book that develops a project from start to finish, explaining all aspects of the project. Every chapter starts by explaining what is to be accomplished and the various ways in which the problem may be tackled, followed by an in-depth explanation of the chosen solution.


                          Who this book is for

                          If you want to see jQuery in action with PHP and MySQL code, in the context of a real application, this is the book for you. It is written for developers who have written multiple scripts or websites, and want to know how to combine them all into one package that can be used to simplify future scripts and sites. The book is aimed at people who understand the basics of PHP and jQuery, and want to know how they can be used effectively to create a large project that is user-friendly and flexible.

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