Apache Roller 4.0 – Beginner's Guide

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using Apache Roller

Apache Roller 4.0 – Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Alfonso V. Romero

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using Apache Roller
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847199508
Paperback388 pages

About This Book

 

  • Create, optimize, and maintain your own blog server using Apache Roller
  • Incorporate multimedia content from popular web tools like YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter. and SlideShare in your posts
  • Customize the appearance of your blog with visually appealing, powerful themes and templates
  • Increase your blog's search engine ranking and keep track of visitors using Google Webmaster Tools

Who This Book Is For

If you are interested in establishing a blog, using Apache Roller and popular web applications to write attractive posts and promote your blog on all the major social bookmarking services, this book is for you. No previous experience on Tomcat, MySQL, the Apache Web Server, or Linux is required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Weblogs
Basic concepts about weblogs
What can you do with a weblog?
Time for action — a little visit to Technorati
Time for action — leaving comments on other people's weblogs
Time for action — Microsoft employee blogs
Who's using Apache Roller
Weblogs versus Content Management Systems
Blogs and newsfeeds - the world is your audience
Time for action — subscribing to a newsfeed
Time for action — using Bloglines
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Roller on Windows
Checking your environment
Installing Apache, Java, Tomcat, and MySQL
Time for action — installing the Apache web server
Time for action - installing a JDK
Time for action installing Tomcat
Time for action — installing MySQL
Downloading and installing Apache Roller
Files required for Apache Roller
Time for action downloading the JavaMail API
Time for action — downloading the JAF API
Time for action — installing MySQL connector/J 5.1
Deploying Roller files to Tomcat
Time for action — downloading and deploying Roller
Creating the Roller database
Time for action — creating a MySQL database for Roller
Roller properties and context files
Time for action — creating roller-custom.properties
Time for action — creating Context.xml
Time for action — changing key values in security.xml
Testing your Roller installation
Time for action — testing Roller
The mod_jk connector for Apache and Tomcat
Time for action — installing the mod_jk connector
Summary
Chapter 3: Installing Roller on Linux
Checking your environment
Installing Apache, Java, Tomcat, and MySQL
Time for action — installing the Apache web server
Time for action — installing a JDK
Time for action — installing Tomcat
Time for action — installing MySQL
Downloading and installing Apache Roller
Files required for Apache Roller
Time for action — downloading the JavaMail API
Time for action - downloading the JAF API
Time for action — downloading and installing MySQL connector/J 5.1
Deploying Roller files to Tomcat
Time for action — downloading and deploying Roller
Creating the Roller database
Time for action — creating a MySQL database for Roller
Roller properties and context files
Time for action — creating roller-custom.properties
Time for action — creating Context.xml
Time for action — changing key values in security.xml
Testing your Roller installation
Time for action — testing Roller
The mod_jk connector for Apache and Tomcat
Time for action — installing the mod_jk connector
Summary
Chapter 4: How to Start Working with Roller
Your first steps with Roller
Time for action — creating your first user and weblog
Time for action — basic server settings
Time for action — creating/editing entries
Time for action — define a category for your blog
Enhancing your weblog
Time for action — basic weblog settings
Time for action — managing bookmarks in Roller
Time for action — using Roller's Rich Text Editor
Time for action — using the Summary field
Summary
Chapter 5: Spicing Up Your Blog
Before the action begins
Uploading files to your weblog
Time for action — uploading images into Roller
Changing file upload size limit
Time for action — changing Roller's file upload settings
Time for action — modifying the struts.multipart.maxSize property
Time for action - uploading and inserting videos on your posts
Time for action — uploading and inserting sound files in your posts
Google Maps, YouTube, and SlideShare
Time for action — using Google Maps
Time for action — including a YouTube video
Time for action - including a SlideShare presentation
Summary
Chapter 6: Roller Themes and Blog Promotion
Before the action begins
Choosing a weblog theme
Time for action — choosing a Roller theme
Time for action — differences between the Brushed Metal and Basic themes
Downloading and installing additional themes
Time for action — getting additional themes for your weblog
Editing themes
Time for action - editing a custom theme
Time for action — adding a Twitter box
Time for action — open a No-IP.com account
Time for action — forwarding port 80
Time for action — adding a Digg It button
Summary
Chapter 7: Working with Templates
Your first template
Time for action — creating your first template
Time for action — showing your weblog's blogroll and most recent entries
Time for action — properties of the $config model object
Time for action — properties and methods of the $model model object
Time for action — properties and methods of the $url and $utils objects
Creating a Roller theme from scratch
Time for action — creating a directory for your theme
Time for action — editing the stylesheet override file
Time for action - editing the weblog template
Summary
Chapter 8: Comments and Trackbacks
Managing comments
Time for action — enabling comments
Time for action — leaving comments in your weblog
Time for action — deleting a comment in your weblog
Moderating comments
Time for action — enabling moderation in your weblog
Time for action — how to approve and disapprove comments
Avoiding spam in your weblog
Time for action — marking comments as spam
Time for action — Roller's comment validators
Trackbacks
Time for action — enabling e-mail comment notification in Roller
Time for action — sending trackbacks
Summary

What You Will Learn

 

  • Install and configure Apache Roller on a Windows or Linux environment
  • Integrate Apache Roller with Tomcat by installing and configuring the mod_jk connector
  • Upload images, sounds, and videos to your blog with ease
  • Customize your blog's visual appearance using Roller themes and templates
  • Enhance the appearance of your posts using the Rich Text Editor included in Roller
  • Promote your blog using major social bookmarking services like Technorati, Digg, Del.icio.us, and StumbleUpon
  • Embed maps, videos, and document presentations in your blog using Google Maps, YouTube, and SlideShare
  • Run a Roller blog from your own PC by creating an account with a dynamic DNS service provider
  • Create a community of blogs with Apache Roller's built-in multi-user/multi-blog tools and the Planet Roller aggregator

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Weblog
Chapter 2: Installing Roller on Windows
Chapter 3: Installing Roller on Linux
Chapter 4: How to Start Working on Roller
Chapter 5: Spicing Up Your Blog
Chapter 6: Roller Themes
Chapter 7: Working with Templates
Chapter 8: Comments and Trackbacks

In Detail

Apache Roller enables you to build a fully-featured, multi-user blog server apt for all kinds of blogging sites. It is an ideal tool to create your own blogging network with unlimited users and blogs, forums, photo galleries, and more! While it is exciting to have a list of interesting features it can offer you, it might be a little difficult to get started with it by your self.

This book will teach you how to get started with Apache Roller and make the most of all its features using step-by-step, detailed instructions. You will learn how to establish your internet presence with an Apache Roller blog and use the latest web tools to enhance your posts and attract visitors. You will also learn how to promote your blog on popular social bookmarking services and customize it to suit your need.

This hands-on and practical book introduces you to Apache Roller. Starting off with the configuration and installation of your own blog, you'll then quickly learn how to add interesting content to your blog with the help of plenty of examples. You'll also learn how to change your blog's visual appearance with the help of Roller themes and templates and how to create a community of blogs for you and your colleagues or friends in your Apache Roller blog server. The book also looks at ways you can manage your community, and keep your site safe and secure, ensuring that it is a spam-free, enjoyable community for your users.

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Weblogs
Basic concepts about weblogs
What can you do with a weblog?
Time for action — a little visit to Technorati
Time for action — leaving comments on other people's weblogs
Time for action — Microsoft employee blogs
Who's using Apache Roller
Weblogs versus Content Management Systems
Blogs and newsfeeds - the world is your audience
Time for action — subscribing to a newsfeed
Time for action — using Bloglines
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Roller on Windows
Checking your environment
Installing Apache, Java, Tomcat, and MySQL
Time for action — installing the Apache web server
Time for action - installing a JDK
Time for action installing Tomcat
Time for action — installing MySQL
Downloading and installing Apache Roller
Files required for Apache Roller
Time for action downloading the JavaMail API
Time for action — downloading the JAF API
Time for action — installing MySQL connector/J 5.1
Deploying Roller files to Tomcat
Time for action — downloading and deploying Roller
Creating the Roller database
Time for action — creating a MySQL database for Roller
Roller properties and context files
Time for action — creating roller-custom.properties
Time for action — creating Context.xml
Time for action — changing key values in security.xml
Testing your Roller installation
Time for action — testing Roller
The mod_jk connector for Apache and Tomcat
Time for action — installing the mod_jk connector
Summary
Chapter 3: Installing Roller on Linux
Checking your environment
Installing Apache, Java, Tomcat, and MySQL
Time for action — installing the Apache web server
Time for action — installing a JDK
Time for action — installing Tomcat
Time for action — installing MySQL
Downloading and installing Apache Roller
Files required for Apache Roller
Time for action — downloading the JavaMail API
Time for action - downloading the JAF API
Time for action — downloading and installing MySQL connector/J 5.1
Deploying Roller files to Tomcat
Time for action — downloading and deploying Roller
Creating the Roller database
Time for action — creating a MySQL database for Roller
Roller properties and context files
Time for action — creating roller-custom.properties
Time for action — creating Context.xml
Time for action — changing key values in security.xml
Testing your Roller installation
Time for action — testing Roller
The mod_jk connector for Apache and Tomcat
Time for action — installing the mod_jk connector
Summary
Chapter 4: How to Start Working with Roller
Your first steps with Roller
Time for action — creating your first user and weblog
Time for action — basic server settings
Time for action — creating/editing entries
Time for action — define a category for your blog
Enhancing your weblog
Time for action — basic weblog settings
Time for action — managing bookmarks in Roller
Time for action — using Roller's Rich Text Editor
Time for action — using the Summary field
Summary
Chapter 5: Spicing Up Your Blog
Before the action begins
Uploading files to your weblog
Time for action — uploading images into Roller
Changing file upload size limit
Time for action — changing Roller's file upload settings
Time for action — modifying the struts.multipart.maxSize property
Time for action - uploading and inserting videos on your posts
Time for action — uploading and inserting sound files in your posts
Google Maps, YouTube, and SlideShare
Time for action — using Google Maps
Time for action — including a YouTube video
Time for action - including a SlideShare presentation
Summary
Chapter 6: Roller Themes and Blog Promotion
Before the action begins
Choosing a weblog theme
Time for action — choosing a Roller theme
Time for action — differences between the Brushed Metal and Basic themes
Downloading and installing additional themes
Time for action — getting additional themes for your weblog
Editing themes
Time for action - editing a custom theme
Time for action — adding a Twitter box
Time for action — open a No-IP.com account
Time for action — forwarding port 80
Time for action — adding a Digg It button
Summary
Chapter 7: Working with Templates
Your first template
Time for action — creating your first template
Time for action — showing your weblog's blogroll and most recent entries
Time for action — properties of the $config model object
Time for action — properties and methods of the $model model object
Time for action — properties and methods of the $url and $utils objects
Creating a Roller theme from scratch
Time for action — creating a directory for your theme
Time for action — editing the stylesheet override file
Time for action - editing the weblog template
Summary
Chapter 8: Comments and Trackbacks
Managing comments
Time for action — enabling comments
Time for action — leaving comments in your weblog
Time for action — deleting a comment in your weblog
Moderating comments
Time for action — enabling moderation in your weblog
Time for action — how to approve and disapprove comments
Avoiding spam in your weblog
Time for action — marking comments as spam
Time for action — Roller's comment validators
Trackbacks
Time for action — enabling e-mail comment notification in Roller
Time for action — sending trackbacks
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781847199508
Paperback388 pages
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