Zope Development FAQ

 

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Do I need any other software to use Zope / Plone Content Management System?

No, there is no need to use any other software. In contrast to many other content management solutions Zope / Plone Content Management System is a stand-alone software. Zope / Plone Content Management System contains, next to the core content management system, a variety of Internet servers for all commonly used Internet protocols (HTTP, WebDAV, FTP, Mail, etc.) as well as a powerful transactional multi-user database. The integrated transactional database enables the retraction of changes in documents, images, or templates; therefore an easy undo/redo function is available.

Is there a limitation on the number of editors in Plone / Zope Content Management System?

No, there is no limit in the number of users, editors, or administrators in Zope / Plone Content Management System Solutions. Furthermore, there is no limit on the number of concurrent active users.

What kinds of server operating systems are supported?

Plone / Zope Content Management System supports the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP (standard, server, and professional edition).
Linux (RedHat 7.2/7.3/8.0, SuSE 7.x/8.0)
FreeBSD 4.0

More operating systems are supported. Please contact us if you cannot find your operating system in the above list.

Do I have to install software locally on my computer in order to use Zope / Plone Content Management System?

No, only an Internet browser is required. It is possible to edit any documents, images, scripts, and templates using the supplementary user freiendly web interface.

In what language was Zope / Plone Content Management System?

Plone was developed in C++ and Python (also developed in C++) and is based on Zope (also developed Python in C++). Using C++ enables Plone / Zope Content Management System to be independent of any virtual machine (like JAVA) and makes it fast performing and extremely portable.

What kind of database is used in Plone / Zope Content Management System?

Plone / Zope Content Management System utilizes the integrated transactional database ZODB, supplied by Zope. It is possible to connect to other databases like Oracle, MS-SQL, or Tamino through a variety of different interfaces. It is further possible to export the whole or parts of the database and import it into other Plone / Zope sites. XML and a compressed data format are available for this import/export functionality. This feature allows Plone / Zope Content Management System to store backups locally on your computer, as well as making backups over the Internet via HTTP or HTTPS.

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Are there limits in the way my web pages have to be designed when using Zope / Plone Content Management System?

There is no limit in how web pages can be designed when using Plone / Zope Content Management System. Zope / Plone Content Management System uses page templates allowing the user to design all pages and page elements like basic layout, navigation, and content to their preference. Page templates are the solution to the reverse engineering problem. The configuration of dynamic templates is free of proprietary tags. The produced page templates do not contain any non-standard HTML elements, i.e. the templates follow the W3C standard for HTML and XHTML. This allows the use of HTML or XHTML editors for the design and the later editing of Plone / Zope web pages. There is no need for the time consuming task of reverse development of (X)HTML code in the templates to accommodate the graphic designers’ needs. This saves time and money!

Can existing HTML pages be imported into Zope / Plone Content Management System?

Yes. HTML pages and meta information, like keywords, topic, author, or title can be imported into Zope / Plone Content Management System. For this, the pages are split into meta information and content, so it is easy to edit the existing parts using the Zope / Plone Content Management System user interface. By using an integrated WebDAV interface, Zope / Plone Content Management System allows you to import and export existing data in HTML or other formats into the Zope / Plone Content Management System easily. This requires WebDAV enabled software, like the Microsoft Internet explorer (the version which comes with Windows2000, or higher). Additionally, a variety of other applications (Dreamweaver, Linux Desktop, Gnome, and KDE) support WebDAV.

Is it possible to use Plone / Zope Content Management System to design and maintain an Intranet portal?

Yes. This is one of the main application areas of Plone / Zope Content Management System. To create you own Intranet portal all you need is to install Plone / Zope Content Management System onto your Intranet server or local network. As Plone / Zope Content Management Systemis is a complete software package, including server and database, there is no need for any Internet connection. The editor requires only an Internet browser to create and edit content or navigation.

How secure is Plone / Zope Content Management System? What kinds of security concepts are supported?

Plone / Zope Content Management System implement the most powerful security concepts ever been put into practice in a content management system or an internet application server. It is not only possible to control access to all levels of the content management and content processing, it is further possible to allow access on role based (fine granulated) access rights depending on the document type and current workflow. The defined rights and roles in our CMS are fully integrated in the workflow.
It is possible to define portal wide roles, as well as local roles in Zope / Plone Content Management System. Moreover, using Zope 's LDAP connector Zope integrates user and user specific roles within the company or global directory services.
Companies and institutions like NATO, NASA the French Home Office (ministry of interior), the French ministry of education and the arts, the US NAVY, or CBS News base their internet and intranet portals on the Open Source Zope Application Server.

Is LDAP supported?

Definitely yes! The open standard OpenLDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is supported by Plone / Zope Content Management System. Using the LDAP connector, Plone / Zope can be integrated directly into company wide or global LDAP directory services.

Is there a workflow integrated in Zope / Plone Content Management System and if so, of what kind?

Yes. Plone / Zope Content Management System has an integrated editorially workflow engine. The editorial workflow in Zope / Plone Content Management System contains the transitions "release", "reject", "retract", "publish", as well as the states "private", "pending", and "public". Please note also the Zope / Plone Content Management System workflow diagram.

I would like to install Plone / Zope Content Management System using my service provider. What do I have to look out for?

Zope / Plone Content Management System is a powerful software solution and contains a content management system, web server, and database. In contrast to many other WebCMS solutions based on PHP/MySQL, Zope / Plone is a complete content management system with integrated HTTP, WebDAV, FTP, and Mail server. It does not require any other software to be installed. To install Plone / Zope Content Management System onto the server supplied by your service provider, your service contract has to allow the installation of software onto the server. This is the case with most providers, however not all offer this option.
Plone is based on the Zope server (www.zope.org) The installation usually requires shell access (ssh, telnet), access to use non-privileged ports (1024 and above), as well as the right to execute commands. If these requirements are met, you can install Zope / Plone Content Management System onto the provider server.
Already installed Internet servers can be configured to relay HTTP requests to Zope / Plone Content Management System. This feature allows Plone / Zope Content Management System to be installed next to existing servers. The Apache web server for example supports this forwarding using the modules mod_rewrite and mod_proxy. In general, these modules are preinstalled on the Apache server. Using the .htaccess file located in the home directory, the server can be configured to relay the web requests to Zope / Plone Content Management System.
Please contact your Internet service provider if you are uncertain about any of the requirements above. Please read the Zope / Plone Content Management System system requirements.

What languages does Zope / Plone Content Management System support?

At the moment, Zope / Plone Content Management System supports 23 user interfaces. It is possible to choose the desired language at the beginning of the installation process and whenever you create a new portal. Please contact us for an up to date list of supported languages.

Solutions based on Zope / Plone Content Management System are extremely cost-effective. How is that possible?

The low pricing has two main reasons: Firstly, our long experience in content management system development, and secondly, the consequent use of open-source software components in our products.

The Quintagroup is developing content management systems to create and maintain structural information since 2000. Next to Plone / Zope basic implementations we offer the Enterprise Content Management Solution. Zope / Plone CMS is a powerful and flexible solution for creating, maintaining, and publishing enterprise data. We can  use pre-developed components already used successfully in other projects during the development of Zope / Plone solutions. The open-source approach of our software combines high software quality, through a worldwide team of developers, with constant development and testing. Furthermore, it allows us to offer you a very cost-effective solution, which can be quickly adapted and expanded to your needs.

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