Plone 3 Intranets

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  • Get to grips with installing Plone and all its dependencies
  • Easily set up your Plone site and optimize it to work as an intranet
  • Manage users and groups, and use local and global roles to manage content access
  • Create and modify Plone workflows and learn how to use them
  • Explore the most common security use cases in an intranet and learn how to deal with them in Plone
  • Make effective use of content type and some of the out-of-the-box Plone features to work for your intranet
  • Enhance your intranet with useful add-on products, like corporate blogs, message boards, document preview helpers, and so on
  • Give a fresh, standing-out look to your intranet with attractive themes
  • Deploy your intranet and make your site live

Plone is widely used for creating feature-rich and secure enterprise intranets. Each company has different goals, architecture, hierarchy, and size and requires a very different intranet to manage its business. No matter what size, or what purpose, Plone offers solutions to the most common intranet needs, and more.

If you've never built an intranet before, you don't even have programming skills, or you don't have any experience with CMSs, this practical guide targeted at people with no previous experience with Plone is the most suitable book for you. Starting from scratch, it will show you how to design and build a feature-rich, secure corporate intranet easily, by optimizing the features of Plone. It will guide you from the initial setup through Plone basics, security, and workflow-related topics, ending with the most common deployment techniques. It will help you learn how to use content types effectively for your intranet. You will learn how to manage the life cycle of your documents and content in general using workflows. It will teach you how to manage security and access to your content granularly. You will learn to manage local users, and get to know about the mechanisms that Plone makes available to the users to manage their data.

This step-by-step book will also show you how to choose the right add-on products for your site, and how to enhance your intranet by using them efficiently. At the end, you will learn how to deploy your intranet and make your site live for your users.

  • Install, set up, and use a corporate Plone intranet with ease
  • Secure your intranet using Plone's out-of-the-box features
  • Explore the most useful add-ons for your intranet and learn how to use them
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions, practical examples, and straightforward explanation
Page Count 312
Course Length 9 hours 21 minutes
ISBN 9781847199089
Date Of Publication 1 Aug 2010


Víctor Fernández de Alba

Víctor has been an IT architect at UPCnet, the Barcelona Tech University (UPC) IT company since 2001. He has led the design and technical architecture of the more than 100 projects undertaken by the UPCnet Plone Team since its inception in 2004. He has taught Plone to non-technical end users at the university several times. This allowed him to use this close experience with users to improve the usability of web projects developed by his team. He also writes manuals about Plone targeted at end users.

The flagship project of the UPCnet Plone Team is Genweb UPC. This project allows deploying a fully featured, theme customized, and end-user ready site in a few short steps. It has helped to launch more than 200 Plone-powered sites at the university including departmental websites and intranets, university services, faculties sites, and other entities. In December 2009, the UPCnet Plone Team finished one of its more ambitious projects and the main website of the Barcelona Tech University became a reality. It was developed focusing on scalability, high performance, and usability using Plone.