Plone 3 Theming

Create flexible, powerful, and professional themes for your web site with Plone and basic CSS

Plone 3 Theming

Veda Williams

Create flexible, powerful, and professional themes for your web site with Plone and basic CSS
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847193872
Paperback324 pages

Book Description

Themes are among the most powerful features that can be used to customize a web site, especially in Plone. Using custom themes can help you brand your site for a particular corporate image; it ensures standards compliance and creates easily navigable layouts. But most Plone users still continue to use default themes as developing and deploying themes that are flexible and easily maintainable is not always straightforward.

This book teaches best practices of Plone theme development, focusing on Plone 3. It provides you with all the information useful for creating a robust and flexible Plone theme. It also provides a sneak peek into the future of Plone's theming system.

In this book you will learn how to create flexible, powerful, and professional Plone themes. It is a step-by-step tutorial on how to work with Plone themes. It also provides a more holistic look at how a real-world theme is constructed. We look at the tools required for theming a web site. The book covers major topics such as configuring the development environment, creating a basic theme product, add-on tools and skinning tricks, integrating multimedia with Plone, and configuring your site's look and feel through the Zope Management Interface (ZMI). Finally, the book takes a close look at the thrilling and greatly simplified future of theming Plone sites.

Table of Contents

Chapter 6: Working with Zope 3 Components
Chapter 7: Customizing Viewlets and Portlets
Chapter 8: Understanding Zope Page Templates and the Template Attribute Language
Chapter 10: General Styling and Templating Changes

What You Will Learn

  • Create attractive themes using Plone 3 programming concepts
  • Customize your Plone theme and get a new look and feel for your web site
  • Set up a productive development environment for building a quality theme product
  • Use graphic design, Subversion, and other helpful tools that make theming easier and more efficient
  • Use Zope 3 components for building powerful Plone themes
  • Create an actual theme product using the Plone 3 theming concepts
  • Embed multimedia in a Plone template to make your theme more attractive and useful
  • Deploy and test your theme by following best practices

Chapter 1: Skinning for Plone: Overview – In this chapter, we take a look at how theming has become even more complex with the newest release of Plone. We will also compare Drupal with Plone.

Chapter 2: Skinner's toolkit – In this chapter, we take a look at the tools that are needed for theming. We also take a look at the browser add-ons that are available for debugging our web site's CSS, JavaScript, color palate, and more.

Chapter 3: Getting started – In this chapter we will configure the development environment and learn how Python and ZCML fit into the scenario. We will also learn the jargon associated with Plone 3.0 development.

Chapter 4: Making manual (TTW) changes and how to extract them into a file system – In this chapter, we will learn how to expose a theme product to a file system and install it. We take a look at the elements that comprise the component architecture for a theme product. We will also learn how the skin layers work.

Chapter 5: Working with Zope 3 components – This chapter focuses on the Zope 3 components that are involved in file system theme development. We take a look at the interfaces and adapters. We will learn how to use ZCML code to tie together the Zope 3 components. We will also learn how to use images, style sheets, and browser resources and how to write browser views.

Chapter 6: Customizing Viewlets and Portlets – This chapter focuses on Viewlets, viewlets manager and @@ manage-viewlets. We take a look at Portlets and will learn portlet customization techniques.

Chapter 7: Understanding Zope Page Templates and the Template Attribute Language – In this chapter, we will learn what a Zope Page Templates system is. We also take a look at Template Attribute Language (TAL) and will learn common TAL expressions.

Chapter 8: Building a new theme: A real-world example – In this chapter we will use the concepts that we have learned to build an actual theme product.

Chapter 9: Add-on tools and skinning tricks – In this chapter we take a look at the popular add-ons, the current state of sub-site theming and possible options, and the non-plone products that can be used to alter the site's look and feel.

Chapter 10: Plone and multimedia – In this chapter we will learn how to embed multimedia into the content of a page and into a page template. We also take a look at Plone-specified add-ons that provide multimedia support.

Chapter 11: Deploying and contributing themes – In this chapter we take a look at the suggested development environments, theme deployment workflow, the quality assurance process, where to look for potential problems, and how to contribute to the plone theming community by creating publically available themes.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 6: Working with Zope 3 Components
Chapter 7: Customizing Viewlets and Portlets
Chapter 8: Understanding Zope Page Templates and the Template Attribute Language
Chapter 10: General Styling and Templating Changes

Book Details

ISBN 139781847193872
Paperback324 pages
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