How to Install old-style products on Plone 3 buildout

The following instructions cover installation of old-style Plone products, distributed in a .zip, tar.gz or .tgz file, on buildout-based Plone 3 instance in Linux.

Step 1. Download and Unpack the product

Download products package archive (e.g. qSEOptimizer-1.6.1.tar.gz) and unpack this archive to see qSEOptimizer folder with python files inside.

Step 2. Zope Installation

Before you start Zope Installation you have to get access to the filesystem of your Zope Instance. After you have been connected to the file system of your instance - open products folder - this is a place for old-style Zope products to be added.


This folder might be empty or include README.txt file only. Don't worry and copy your product folder here.

NOTE: In case, this product was initially installed, but now you want just to upgrade it with a newer version, first delete the older version and only after that copy the new one.


Re-run buildout with the following command in the terminal:


Restart the Zope server, for example, with the following command in the terminal:

./bin/zopectl restart

or go to Control Panel of Zope Management Interface ( and click the Restart button to have the products you've uploaded installed by the system:


Step 3. Plone Installation

Finally, you have to activate this new product in Plone: install in with QuickInstaller:

  • go to the Plone Site Setup -> Add/Remove Products
  • select the product among products available for install and press the Install button.