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Plone 3 Intranets

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Víctor Fernández de Alba

Design, build, and deploy a reliable, full-featured, and secure Plone-based enterprise intranet easily from scratch
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847199089
Paperback312 pages

About This Book

  • 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

Who This Book Is For

This book is for anyone who needs to build an intranet with no limits on capabilities or features. Even if you don't have previous CMS experience or programming skills, this book is for you. Targeted at beginners with no previous experience with Plone, this book will teach you step by step and at the end you should have a full-featured, reliable, and secure intranet.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Plone
What does Plone give me over other CMS solutions?
First surprise: not PHP, Python
Second surprise: not RDBMS, the mighty ZODB
The Plone community
Public websites, intranets, extranets, and the thin line between them
Summary
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Plone versions
Installing Plone
Quick start for the impatient
Plone unified installers
Buildout
Summary
Chapter 3: Managing our Content
Plone visual layout structure
Anonymous versus logged in
Content structure
Adding content
Managing content
Displaying views
Managing portlets
Summary
Chapter 4: Configuring our Site
Plone control panel
Zope Management Interface
Installing new add-on products
Summary
Chapter 5: Managing Users, Groups, Roles, and Permissions
One vision
Security entities
Managing users and groups
More control: managing ZMI
The sharing tab
Summary
Chapter 6: Managing Workflows
Workflow entities
ZMI workflow management
Out-of-the-box workflows
Workflow diving
Some useful workflow tools
Best practices
Summary
Chapter 7: Securing our Intranet
Global or local roles?
Designing a sustainable role policy
Choosing a workflow for our intranet
Managing private content
Creating private sections
Workgroup areas
Third-party add-on products
Adding roles to the Plone UI
Summary
Chapter 8: Using Content Type Effectively
Designing our intranet information architecture
Using collections
Table of contents
Next/previous navigation
Presentation mode
Third-party content types—best practices
Summary
Chapter 9: Intranet Add-on Products
Calendaring and extended events
Form generators
Blogs
Discussion board
Polls and surveys
Document files management
Summary
Chapter 10: Basic Product Development
Building our own product
Making the product installable
The power of GenericSetup
Importing GenericSetup profiles from a product
Cloning content types via GenericSetup
Using a product to configure security
Dexterity
Summary
Chapter 11: Content Rules, Syndication, and Advanced Features
Content rules
Syndication
Versioning
WebDAV
External editing
Summary
Chapter 12: Theming our Intranet
Diving into Plone's page rendering
Theming using third-party add-on products
Building our own theme add-on product
Theming—best practices
Summary
Chapter 13: Deploying our Intranet
Deployment buildouts
Common administration tasks
Virtual hosting
Small intranet deployments
Medium intranet deployments
Large intranet deployments
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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

In Detail

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.

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