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Master eZ Publish's flexible web development for the enterprise Build an enterprise-level eZ Publish web siteImprove user experience via better information architecture and improved visual designLearn the secrets of the eZ Publish templating system to design your own pagesLeverage the extensibility of the eZ Publish CMSCovers the full range of services, knowledge sharing, and support to create your own commercial solutions In Detail eZ Publish provides developers with a structure to build highly impressive applications and then quickly deploy them into a live environment. eZ Publish is complex, with a steep learning curve, but with the right direction it offers great flexibility and power. What makes eZ Publish special is not the long list of features, but what's going on behind the scenes. Created specifically for newcomers to eZ Publish, and using an example Magazine web site, this book focuses on designing, building and deploying eZ Publish to create an enterprise site quickly and easily. This tutorial takes eZ Publish's steep learning curve head-on, and walks you through the process of designing and building content-rich web sites. It makes the unrivalled power and flexibility of eZ Publish accessible to all developers. The book is organized around technical topics, which are handled in depth, with a general progression that follows the learning experience of the reader, and features a single magazine web site project from installation to completion and deployment. This hands-on guide helps the reader to understand the Content Management System to create a web 2.0-ready web site by creating new extensions or overriding the existing ones. In turn, it helps you to become confident when working in the eZ Publish administration area and offers an environment in which you can practice while working through the chapters. What you will learn from this book? Install and configure an eZ Publish CMSManage content classes and create a content structure for your siteLeverage the extensibility of the eZ Publish CMS to create extensions thereby making projects reusable and portableHandle a powerful subscription system that allows your users to subscribe to site updates Learn the basics eZ Publish's templating system and the design override featureMake use of the Online Editor to edit objects through an easy-to-use interfaceManage the templates and styles in your system through web-based managementCustomize custom class views through the override system and the template engineTweak your server to bring out the full power of the CMSUse the powerful RSS module that allows you to create RSS feeds from any part of your content treeUpload and download content from the eZ Publish server directly from your WebDAV client Chapter 1: Installing eZ Publish This chapter looks at the processes involved in installing eZ Publish for the magazine project, including hosting requirements. Choices to be made during installation are also covered. Chapter 2: Creating our site accesses What are site accesses? When we work on a customer site it would be useful to have different environments available to show your customer what we are doing. In this chapter we'll create some simple site access rules to manage these areas. We will also take a deeper look at what site accesses are, and how they work. Chapter 3: Defining and creating content classes This chapter introduces us to the standard content classes of eZ Publish. We will also learn to create the required classes for the additional structured content, as defined by the project. Chapter 4: Creating content structure This chapter looks at creating the default content structure for the magazine as well as adding some initial content, so that we can see the structure and layout of various default content classes. We also introduce the eZ Publish backend and its functionality. Chapter 5: Creating an extension We will create an extension to hold all our customizations for this project, which is much better than working in the standard folders and will help us in any future system upgrade. Chapter 6: Template design In this chapter we see how to apply a template to a single content or node folder. We also take a look at the template overrides, creating a design extension. Chapter 7: Template content classes Custom templates for content approval and checkout processes are important concepts in many eZ Publish undertakings and will be featured in this chapter. We will also create a custom template for a standard and a custom class. Chapter 8: Adding community forums In this chapter we take a look at the built-in forums available through the ezwebin packages; we implement these content classes and templates. Then we work on them further, adding functionality not previously included in eZ Publish 4.0 but which will be useful to the magazine. Chapter 9: Multi-lingual content This chapter provides a brief overview of the internationalization capabilities of eZ Publish and implements some additional language translations for our customers who may be visiting, and looking to enroll at the magazine. Chapter 10: Creating roles and privileges After all this defining and creating we need to actually get useful content into the system. There are a number of approaches to do so, and this chapter covers the main ones in detail with a short suggestion on other methods. Chapter 11: Cache configuration The cache system is one of the most important subsystems of eZ Publish. In this chapter we explain how to use it and how to customize it for our needs. Chapter 12: Deployment The deployment chapter will investigate the processes associated with deploying our development site to production. Approach The book is a carefully structured, practical, step-by-step guide to overcoming the trials and tribulations of building an eZ Publish enterprise web site. Each chapter will be based on a three-layer approach. Firstly, it teaches the techniques and principles required to fulfill the needs of our site, then it goes deep in the CMS approach to fulfill them. Lastly, example code and step-by-step screenshots are used to dig deeper. Who this book is written for? This book is written for beginners to eZ Publish who need to work on an enterprise-level site with a complex publishing workflow. This book is best for people who want to use eZ Publish from scratch without hard-core programming skills. Even if you are not a PHP-guru, and you don't want to study eZ Publish core functionality - this book is for you. In general, however, you'll get more out of the book if you know a little PHP, have some concept of Object-Oriented Programming, and have a general familiarity with CMS concepts.
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