eZ Publish 4: Enterprise Web Sites Step-by-Step

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  • Install and configure an eZ Publish CMS
  • Manage content classes and create a content structure for your site
  • Leverage the extensibility of the eZ Publish CMS to create extensions thereby making projects reusable and portable
  • Handle a powerful subscription system that allows your users to subscribe to site updates
  • Learn the basics eZ Publish's templating system and the design override feature
  • Make use of the Online Editor to edit objects through an easy-to-use interface
  • Manage the templates and styles in your system through web-based management
  • Customize custom class views through the override system and the template engine
  • Tweak your server to bring out the full power of the CMS
  • Use the powerful RSS module that allows you to create RSS feeds from any part of your content tree
  • Upload and download content from the eZ Publish server directly from your WebDAV client

Chapter 1: Installing eZ Publish
This chapter looks at the processes involved in installing eZ Publish for the magazine project, including hosting requirements. Choices to be made during installation are also covered.

Chapter 2: Creating our site accesses
What are site accesses? When we work on a customer site it would be useful to have different environments available to show your customer what we are doing. In this chapter we'll create some simple site access rules to manage these areas. We will also take a deeper look at what site accesses are, and how they work.

Chapter 3: Defining and creating content classes
This chapter introduces us to the standard content classes of eZ Publish. We will also learn to create the required classes for the additional structured content, as defined by the project.

Chapter 4: Creating content structure
This chapter looks at creating the default content structure for the magazine as well as adding some initial content, so that we can see the structure and layout of various default content classes. We also introduce the eZ Publish backend and its functionality.

Chapter 5: Creating an extension
We will create an extension to hold all our customizations for this project, which is much better than working in the standard folders and will help us in any future system upgrade.

Chapter 6: Template design
In this chapter we see how to apply a template to a single content or node folder. We also take a look at the template overrides, creating a design extension.

Chapter 7: Template content classes
Custom templates for content approval and checkout processes are important concepts in many eZ Publish undertakings and will be featured in this chapter. We will also create a custom template for a standard and a custom class.

Chapter 8: Adding community forums
In this chapter we take a look at the built-in forums available through the ezwebin packages; we implement these content classes and templates. Then we work on them further, adding functionality not previously included in eZ Publish 4.0 but which will be useful to the magazine.

Chapter 9: Multi-lingual content
This chapter provides a brief overview of the internationalization capabilities of eZ Publish and implements some additional language translations for our customers who may be visiting, and looking to enroll at the magazine.

Chapter 10: Creating roles and privileges
After all this defining and creating we need to actually get useful content into the system. There are a number of approaches to do so, and this chapter covers the main ones in detail with a short suggestion on other methods.

Chapter 11: Cache configuration
The cache system is one of the most important subsystems of eZ Publish. In this chapter we explain how to use it and how to customize it for our needs.

Chapter 12: Deployment
The deployment chapter will investigate the processes associated with deploying our development site to production.


eZ Publish provides developers with a structure to build highly impressive applications and then quickly deploy them into a live environment. eZ Publish is complex, with a steep learning curve, but with the right direction it offers great flexibility and power. What makes eZ Publish special is not the long list of features, but what's going on behind the scenes.

Created specifically for newcomers to eZ Publish, and using an example Magazine web site, this book focuses on designing, building and deploying eZ Publish to create an enterprise site quickly and easily.

This tutorial takes eZ Publish's steep learning curve head-on, and walks you through the process of designing and building content-rich web sites. It makes the unrivalled power and flexibility of eZ Publish accessible to all developers.

The book is organized around technical topics, which are handled in depth, with a general progression that follows the learning experience of the reader, and features a single magazine web site project from installation to completion and deployment. This hands-on guide helps the reader to understand the Content Management System to create a web 2.0-ready web site by creating new extensions or overriding the existing ones. In turn, it helps you to become confident when working in the eZ Publish administration area and offers an environment in which you can practice while working through the chapters.

  • Build an enterprise-level eZ Publish web site
  • Improve user experience via better information architecture and improved visual design
  • Learn the secrets of the eZ Publish templating system to design your own pages
  • Leverage the extensibility of the eZ Publish CMS
  • Covers the full range of services, knowledge sharing, and support to create your own commercial solutions
Page Count 292
Course Length 8 hours 45 minutes
ISBN 9781904811640
Date Of Publication 19 Oct 2009


Francesco Fullone

Francesco Fullone is a geek who, in his spare time, acts as the founder and the CEO of Ideato, a Web 2.0 company based in Italy. He is a senior consultant, skilled in Agile methods and any kind of PHP development.

Francesco is also the president of the Italian PHP User Group (GrUSP) and an evangelist on open source software and PHP technologies. You can meet him in Italy at one of the tech conferences, where he usually participates as a speaker or a staff member.

Francesco Trucchia

Francesco Trucchia, after taking a degree in computer science, worked for some years as a web engineer on small, medium, and large projects for some Italian companies.

He is now the co-founder and the CTO of Ideato, a PHP Italian company that is expert in web software development, systems integration, and Agile methods.

Francesco likes to develop with Agile methods. He has introduced these practices in Ideato for their software's lifecycle process, and has received a lot of positive feedback for it.