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Managing eZ Publish Web Content Management Projects

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Martin Bauer

Strategies, best practices, and techniques for implementing eZ publish open-source CMS projects to delight your clients
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847191724
Paperback320 pages

About This Book

  • Tips and expert advice for the whole eZ publish web CMS project lifecycle
  • Learn about the requirements and success factors of an eZ project
  • Implement eZ publish projects successfully, efficiently, and effectively

 

Who This Book Is For

This book is for people responsible for the implementation and management of eZ publish projects, and is ideal for people building sites for "medium to large clients". If you're a project manager running an eZ publish web content management project and you want to learn how to run your projects more efficiently, or you want a better understanding of all the elements involved in eZ publish web content management projects this book is for you.

This is not an implementation guide or a book to learn eZ publish from - you will not be able to build a site by following this book. It is for people who have experienced eZ publish projects, or are considering them. Web developers new to eZ publish should read Learning eZ publish 3: Building Content Management Solutions first.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Web Content Management
Why Use a Content Management System?
Content Management versus Development
Myths
Types of Websites and Web Applications
Web Solution Categories
What does All This Mean for eZ Publish Projects?
Summary
Chapter 2: Information Architecture and Design
Information Architecture
Five Facets of Design
Chapter 3: eZ Publish Overview
What is eZ Publish?
Internal Structure and Configuration
The Lego Approach
Data Types, Content Classes, and Objects
Structuring Content
Sections
Templates
Template Override System
Designs
Access Control
Workflow
Extensions
Summary
Chapter 4: Defining an eZ Publish Project
Requirements
Project Brief
Project Brief—The White Angel Foundation
Planning Workshop
Estimation
Summary
Chapter 5: How to Write a Specification
Content Model
Users and Groups
Features
Site Map
Content Classes and Rules
Custom Templates
Screen and Performance Standards
Specification Process
Creative Brief
Summary
Chapter 6: Content Modeling
The Purpose of a Content Model
What Makes a Good Model?
Defining a Content Model
Summary
Chapter 7: Planning and Pricing
Project Planning
Pricing Your Project
Summary
Chapter 8: Risk Management
Key Steps in Risk Management
Types of Risks
Risk Management in Practice
Shooting the Messenger
Key Risks in eZ publish Projects
Summary
Chapter 9: Open Project Management
Manifesto for Agile Software Development
Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools
Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation
Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation
Responding to Change over Following a Plan
Open Management Practices
Summary
Chapter 10: Implementation
Infrastructure
Version Control
Setup
Configuration and Development
Moving Code between Environments
Content Gathering
Content Population
Summary
Chapter 11: Testing
Load Testing
Summary
Chapter 12: Training
Standard User Training
Custom Training
User Manual
Technical Training
Summary
Chapter 13: Maintenance and Support
Patches
Upgrades
Enhancements
Support
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Key differences between traditional web development and web content management projects
  • How to write specifications for your eZ publish project
  • Content modeling in an eZ publish project
  • Planning your eZ publish project and approach its pricing
  • Configuring your eZ publish development environment
  • Risk management and how to apply it to eZ publish projects
  • Content population in eZ publish projects
  • Different types of testing required for eZ publish projects
  • Maintaining and supporting your eZ publish projects


  • Chapter 1 examines the differences between traditional software development and content management and how that affects the way we approach content management as a discipline. We cover some of the myths that exist when it comes to web development and content management as well as the types of solutions implemented using content management systems. Finally, we look at the different types of websites and web applications to gain an understanding of the common types of websites and applications that have emerged over the past 10 years.

 

  • Chapter 2 provides an overview of information architecture and design in relation to content management systems.

 

  • Chapter 3 gives you an overview of how ez publish is structured and the key elements that are used in most projects.

 

  • Chapter 4 first helps you understand the requirements of an eZ project and then shows you how to plan your project through a project brief and planning workshop. It also covers how to deal with estimations and the issues that arise at this point of the project.

 

  • Chapter 5 covers how to specify the functionality of a website that is to be implemented in eZ Publish. The chapter covers the overall content model that identifies the key classes and their relationships to each other.

 

  • Chapter 6 explains the importance and purpose of a content model in eZ publish projects.

 

  • Chapter 7 helps you with planning a project (standard and staged approach) and teaches you the approach for pricing your project.

 

  • Chapter 8 covers in detail what's involved in risk management and how to apply it to eZ publish projects.

 

  • Chapter 9 provides a series of management techniques that are straightforward to apply and will go a long way to keeping your eZ project on track.

 

  • Chapter 10 helps you set up and configure your environments for eZ projects. It provides you with information on content population (automated and manual).

 

  • Chapter 11 helps you understand the different types of testing that are required for eZ publish projects.

 

  • Chapter 12 provides guidance on how to train users of the end solution including how to draft training manuals and run training sessions.

 

  • Chapter 13 outlines the most common areas of maintenance and support for an eZ project.

 

  • Appendix A provides a full sample specification of a project that brings together the elements outlined in Chapter 5.

 

In Detail

eZ Publish is an enterprise open-source CMS (content management system) and development framework with functionality for web publishing, intranets, e-commerce, extranets, and web portals.

In this book, Martin Bauer of designit.com.au, an eZ publish Silver partner, teaches you how to successfully manage and implement an eZ publish web content management project. He shows you how to produce quality results in a repeatable manner with the minimum of effort, and end up with eZ publish solutions that will delight your clients.

The book presents strategies, best practices, and techniques for all steps of your eZ publish project, starting from client requirements, through planning, information architecture and content modeling, design considerations, and right up to deployment, client training, maintenance, support, and upgrades.

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