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Installing and Configuring Joomla! on Local and Remote Servers

by Timi Ogunjobi | May 2010 | Joomla! Content Management PHP Web Development

This article by Timi Ogunjobi, author of Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints, covers basic details about installing and configuring Joomla! for use on both local and remote servers. This article also contains information about where to obtain essential resources for learning, using, and optimizing Joomla!

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Moodle 1.9: Exploring Design Portfolios

by Paul Taylor | May 2010 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

There are a number of electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) available to work with Moodle and they range in complexity and functionality. As they are a very personal thing, this article will try to give an overview of the most popular portfolios and a review of their main features in terms of supplementing Design Technology courses, as well as some examples of how they might be used to best effect.

In this article by Paul Taylor, author of the book Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology, we will look at three popular portfolio applications:

  • Exabis:It is a small file manager-based portfolio that enables a degree of sharing and integrates as a block into Moodle courses
  • MyStuff: It is a fully featured internal portfolio designed and maintained by the Open University, offering more sharing and collaborative tools
  • Mahara: It is an external portfolio that integrates with Moodle using Single Sign On (SSO)
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    Creating, Installing and Tweaking your theme using Plone 3

    by Veda Williams | May 2010 | Open Source

    Themes are among the most powerful features that can be used to customize a web site, especially in Plone. Using custom themes can help you brand your site for a particular corporate image; it ensures standards compliance and creates easily navigable layouts. But most Plone users still continue to use default themes as developing and deploying themes that are flexible and easily maintainable is not always straightforward.

    In the article by Veda Williams, author of Plone 3 Theming, we will learn :

    • About the theme
    • Creating a theme product
    • Altering the theme product's structure
    • Installing the theme product
    • Adjusting web site content to support the design
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    Plone 3 Themes

    by Erik Rose | May 2010 | Content Management Open Source

    This article by Erik Rose, author of the book Plone 3 for Education, is a crash course in Plone 3 theme creation. After untangling Plone's confusing theming situation, we walk you through the development of a skeletal theme.

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    Building a News Aggregating Site in Joomla!

    by Timi Ogunjobi | May 2010 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source PHP Web Development

    Bad news is always good news for the press. This is why Vaughan Pyre has decided to take advantage of this fact and creates a website that will aggregate bad news and weird happenings from all over the world. In this article by Timi Ogunjobi, author of Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints, the content of the site will be entirely derived from Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds from several sources (each feed being automatically fetched and its items displayed on the website).

    Weird Hap'nins requirements will be the need to:

    • Get external feed sources and allocate them to menu links on the website
    • Create the means to automatically fetch and display article items located in the feeds
    • Display the latest content from all feed sources on the front page
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