Practical Plone 3: A Beginner's Guide to Building Powerful Websites

A beginner's practical guide to building Plone websites through graphical interface

Practical Plone 3: A Beginner's Guide to Building Powerful Websites

Alex Clark et al.

A beginner's practical guide to building Plone websites through graphical interface
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847191786
Paperback592 pages

Book Description

Plone is a highly extensible content management system built on Zope application server, which is written in Python. But, you need to have good programming skills to design and develop Plone web applications. Does that mean you can't have a Plone website if you don't have good programming skills? Of course not! You can develop your Plone websites through a graphical interface where you don't need to fiddle with code.

This book will give you clear understanding of how to use Plone 3 to meet your content management needs. Starting from the basics, this book will walk you through the easy-to-use features of Plone and help you create a feature-rich website through its point-and-click feature.

A variety of authors have contributed chapters to this book in the hope that you, the reader, will get a good understanding of Plone and be able to use it effectively. This beginners' guide will introduce the great CMS and its features and then take you further in web development. The book will introduce you to Plone's advanced UI features and show you how to create such a UI platform for your website. You will learn how to manage the contents like web pages, news items, and so on. Working with custom portlets will help you enhance the web components for your site. Each chapter will show you how to add features to your site and develop its functionality. Each chapter can be read independently; you need not go through the previous one to continue further. You can pick and choose the topics depending on your interest and requirement.

Table of Contents

Chapter 3: A Brief Tour of Plone
Chapter 5: Add News Items, Events, Links, and Files
Chapter 8: Delegate Content Management to Other People
Chapter 11: Automate Tasks with Content Rules

What You Will Learn

  • Meet the fully featured CMS and dive into its latest features
  • Configure various parts of Plone's user interface and create an advanced UI platform for your website
  • Create and manage content on your website, such as web pages, files, news items, and more
  • Create users and groups; give them specific permissions to add, edit, and view content on your site
  • Create and customize portlets on your website to enhance the web components; expand Plone’s functionality with add-on components
  • Master Plone's powerful workflow and security system to have full control over the site's contents
  • Build a site that reacts intelligently when users create and modify content, by setting up the content rules
  • Customize your Plone template and get a new look and feel for your website
  • Create new content types to capture information unique to your organization
  • Deploy your site, configure caching, and connect to an LDAP/Active Directory repository


1. Introduction – Jon Stahl
What is a CMS? What is Plone, and where did it come from?

2. Installing Plone – Steve McMahon
Learn how to get Plone up and running on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

3. A brief tour of Plone – Tom Conklin
Get an overview of Plone's user interface and key features.

Part 2 – I want to...

4. Create Web Pages – Sam Knox
Learn how to create and publish web pages with Plone's built-in visual editor.

5. Add News Items, Events, and Other Content – Tom Conklin
Learn about the other standard content types, such as news items, events, and files.

6. Structure the Content in My Site – Tom Conklin
Learn how to use folders and Collections to structure your content.

7. Safely Manage Different Versions of Content – Darci Hanning
Understand Plone's built-in versioning features.

8. Delegate Content Management to Multiple Users – Tom Conklin
Learn how to create users and groups and give them permissions over various parts of your site.

9. Manage Approvals and Other Workflow for My Content – Matt Bowen
Customize your security model by creating workflow.

10. Show Additional Information to Users and Site Visitors – Jon Stahl
Learn about Plone's Portlet features.

11. React to Changes in the Site Automatically – Alex Clark
Build intelligence into your content management with Content Rules.

12. Control My Site's Configuration in Detail – Alex Clark
Detailed explanations of the various Plone control panels.

Part 3 – Now that I've got the basics, I'd like to learn how to...

13. Set Up Repeatable Environments using Buildout – Clayton Parker
Set up a development environment with various debugging tools.

14. Find and Install Add-ons That Expand Plone's Functionality – Steve McMahon
Learn how to find and install add-on components that are freely available online.

15. Build Forms – Jon Stahl (with Steve McMahon)
Create web forms quickly and easily.

16. Create New Content Types – Matt Bowen
Create custom content types to capture and manage specific information.

17. Customize Aspects of Plone – Veda Williams
Learn how to customize Plone's various UI components.

18. Change the Look-and-Feel – David Convent
Create a custom theme for your site.

Part 4 – My boss wants me to...

19. Put My Site Live – Steve McMahon
Learn how to configure a live Plone server.

20. Make It Go Faster – Ricardo Newbery
Configure a web cache to make Plone faster.

21. Connect to our LDAP/Active Directory Repository – John DeStefano
Let your users log in with their existing usernames and passwords by connecting to an existing LDAP/Active Directory server. 

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Table of Contents

Chapter 3: A Brief Tour of Plone
Chapter 5: Add News Items, Events, Links, and Files
Chapter 8: Delegate Content Management to Other People
Chapter 11: Automate Tasks with Content Rules

Book Details

ISBN 139781847191786
Paperback592 pages
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