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Building Websites with e107

Tad Boomer

A step by step tutorial to getting your e107 website up and running fast
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811312
Paperback260 pages

About This Book

  • Get your e107 website up fast
  • Simple and practical guide to mastering e107
  • Customize and extend your e107 site with new templates and the CMS plug-in

Who This Book Is For

This book is primarily for entrepreneurs, small office/home office, small businesses and non-profit agencies who would like to have interactive, business and/or e-commerce web sites at a low cost without sacrificing power or usability. No knowledge of PHP programming, Apache, or MySQL is required.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to e107
History of Content Management Systems
How a Content Management System Works
Brief History of e107
The People Who Make e107 Possible
Chapter 2: Installing e107
Operating System Requirements
Installing e107
Uploading e107 to Your Server
Setting File Permissions
Running the Installation Script
Securing Your Installation
Upgrading an Existing e107 Installation
Troubleshooting Common Installation Problems
Chapter 3: Setting Site Preferences
The e107 Front End
The e107 Back End
Creating the Front Page
Chapter 4: Customizing the Look and Feel of Your Site
What is a Theme?
Understanding the Theme Layout
Psychology of Color
Selecting a Theme
Customizing Layout
The WYSIWYG Editor
The File Upload Manager
Creating Menu Items Using the Custom Page/Menu Tool
Customizing Our Site
Chapter 5: Customizing Your Site for e-Commerce with Plugins
Introduction to Plugins
Banner Plugin
Shopping Cart Plugin
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Plugin
Chapter 6: Customizing Your Site for Business with Plugins
User Class
The Forum Plugin
The Poll Plugin
Changing Themes for a More Professional Business Appearance
Chapter 7: Adding Content to e107
Content Management Plugin
The Coppermine Plugin
Chapter 8: Information Dissemination
The Newsletter Plugin
Event Calendar Plugin
RSS Plugin
Search Engines
Chapter 9: Maintenance, Optimization, and Security
Database Utilities

What You Will Learn

  • How to install and configure e107 on a local development machine or a web hosting service
  • Working with templates to change the look and feel of your site
  • Customizing your site for e-commerce
  • Extending your site using a number of core and non-core plugins
  • Creating state-of-art forums for your site
  • Working with the CMS plug-in to add content
  • Internationalizing your site
  • Linking to the outside world using Newsletters, RSS, PodCasts, and Search Engine Optimization
  • Maintaining, Optimizing, and Securing your site 

In Detail

e107 is a PHP-based content management system that uses the popular open source MySQL database system for content storage. e107 is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License and is completely free, totally customizable and in constant development. It is an ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, intra company portals, corporate portals, weblogs and much more. It has a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users.

If you want to create a powerful, fully-featured website in no time, this book is for you. This book will help you explore e107, putting you in the picture of what it offers, and how to go about building a site with the system.

The book covers all the core features of e107, and it is thorough and incremental tutorial approach it gives you the understanding to experiment with advanced features and customization.


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