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Alfresco 3 Web Content Management

Munwar Shariff, Amita Bhandari, Pallika Majmudar, Vinita Choudhary

Enterprise Web Content Management made easy and affordable
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847198006
Paperback440 pages

About This Book

  • A complete guide to Web Content Creation and Distribution
  • Understand the concepts and advantages of Publishing-style Web CMS
  • Leverage a single installation to manage multiple websites
  • Integrate Alfresco web applications with external systems

Who This Book Is For

If you are a web developer or content manager and wish to build a website using Alfresco, customize it and use it as per your clients needs, then this book is for you. It will also help business users to migrate from the existing proprietary web development tools to standards based open source web content management. Although no knowledge of Alfresco is presumed, exposure to HTML, XML, JavaScript, Java, and related web technologies will help you to get the most from this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Publishing Style Web CMS
Good web content management pays big dividends
Various WCM systems in the market
The Alfresco WCM model
Significant enhancements in Alfresco WCM with Version 3.3
Chapter 2: Installation and Configuration
Installing a JDK
Installing MySQL
Alfresco WCM
Installing Alfresco
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Alfresco WCM
Understanding the basics of WCM
The web project
Filesystem projection
Virtualization server
Dynamic websites using WCM
Chapter 4: Web Content Production with Web Forms
Why web forms
Introduction to web forms
Creating web forms
Rendition templates
Associating web forms and renditions for specific/multiple project(s)
Creating dynamic content
Edit web forms for renditions
Web publishing dashlets
Chapter 5: WCM Workflows
Why workflows are required
Introduction to the workflow
Configuring workflows
Creating a custom WCM Workflow for a group
Expiring content in WCM
Chapter 6: Dynamic Deployment and Customizations
Dynamic deployment
Customization of existing workflow to use e-mail notifications
Remove workflow for specific staging submission
ZERO Workflow
Workflow Viewer
Chapter 7: Content Delivery and Deployment
Introduction to content delivery
FSR for static delivery
ASR for dynamic delivery
Auto deployment
Deploying to a test server
Deploying from Alfresco WCM to DM repository
Chapter 8: Managing Multiple Websites Using WCM
Multiple web projects
Managing multiple websites using a single web project
Layered folders
Chapter 9: Alfresco Surf and Web Editor
Alfresco Surf platform
Design site navigation
Chapter 10: Integrating WCM Using Web Scripts
Concepts of WCM web scripts
Alfresco web script framework
What's new in Alfresco 3 web scripts
Using web scripts with Alfresco WCM
Implementing web scripts for WCM
Root objects of FreeMarker
FreeMarker methods for the AVM repository
Root objects for an execution script
JavaScript methods for the AVM repository
Java-backed controller
Integrating WCM with external applications—case studies
Calling web scripts from a JSP page
Web script for getting the details of a particular news item
Chapter 11: Leveraging Alfresco Framework for WCM
Membership and Security Mechanism
Common repository
Image transformation in WCM
Advanced search in WCM
Case study: User Interface for Advanced Search in WCM
Chapter 12: WCM Administration
Data backup
Upgrading to new versions of Alfresco
Cleaning up deployment history
General maintenance tips

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure File System Receiver (FSR) on target production servers to deploy the content from a staging server to multiple production servers
  • Develop various page templates for renditions of output pages
  • Preview the web pages within the context of the website including user interface
  • Configure workflows for approving and publishing content to staging
  • Administer the Alfresco WCM system
  • Configure Web Editor for in-context editing of web pages
  • Various installation options of Alfresco WCM
  • Configure a new website using site wizard
  • Define web forms to create and store structured web content

In Detail

Alfresco provides a robust, easy to use, and scalable web content framework for managing multiple websites leveraging a common web infrastructure. If you are interested in configuring and building a new website quickly, determined to create a scalable infrastructure to stage multiple websites, and want to secure and control the content being pushed to external applications, then you have reached the right place.

This book will guide you through creating, managing and publishing web content in staging, test and production environments. It will help you set up an infrastructure for supporting multiple websites using Alfresco, enabling a shortened web development cycle, and providing high return on investment and low cost of ownership.

This book will take you from the basics of publishing style CMS – such as web forms, page templates, and staging – to the skills that will make you an Alfresco developer, covering advanced topics such as workflow, web services integration, and more. You will learn the various options used to install Alfresco including File System Deployment receivers on target production servers. You will also learn to configure a single instance of Alfresco to serve multiple web projects. Focus is given to reuse assets such as images, forms, and workflows across multiple web projects.
It will introduce you to advanced concepts of separating the web content from presentation. The entire process of creating web content, getting it approved and published to a staging environment needs a robust workflow process. You will learn and have extensive hands-on experience with the examples given in the book to create a flexible workflow. You will learn about Alfresco Web Editor, a new feature released with the latest version of Alfresco 3.3. You will learn to configure Web Editor for in-context editing of web pages. You will be able to try out various integration options using Alfresco’s RESTful web services framework. By the end of the book, you will be able to set up an extensible enterprise web content management system for your company and customers.


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