Monday, 19 Jan 2009
Version 2008.2 of the eZ Components package brings a new release of the Webdav component 1.1. This version introduces a lot of new features, making it easier for you to integrate the component into your environment and offering advanced built-in WebDAV capabilities. This article introduces the new features and gives you some insight on the advanced testing techniques we used in developing this new release.
Thursday, 04 Sep 2008
By default, all nodes in the Content branch are visible and thus accessible on the front-end of a site. To "unpublish" content means to take content off the public site. This is usually achieved by deleting the content object (clicking the Remove button), or hiding the node (changing its visibility status). This article introduces the concepts relating to node visibility and walks you through how to hide and reveal content. It is based on concepts explained in eZ Publish Advanced Content Management.
Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008
This article is a step-by-step guide on setting up RSS imports and exports in eZ Publish. In addition to providing detailed, illustrated walk-throughs, this article also provides a basis for understanding what RSS is about, why it is used, and how it may be of value for your website or business clients.
Wednesday, 02 Jul 2008
The permission system controls access to your site's content and functionality. It includes a set of user accounts and access permissions. Here, we focus on the relevant concepts and how to manage the permission system in the Administration Interface. This article is the second in a mini-series based on concepts presented in the new book eZ Publish Advanced Content Management. It includes an example at the end that builds upon what was discussed in the first article in this series in order to create a protected area on a site.
Thursday, 26 Jun 2008
Sections group virtual collections of nodes. On their own, sections are nothing more than identification numbers. However, they can be used by eZ Publish in several different, powerful ways. The purpose of this article is to explain the section concept, identify the related features and show how sections are used and managed. This article is based on concepts presented in the new book eZ Publish Advanced Content Management, and is the first of a two-part series about sections, users, roles, and policies.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Content in eZ Publish is stored in attributes of content objects. A datatype describes the type of value that can be stored in an attribute and is the smallest possible entity of storage. It determines how a specific type of information should be validated, stored and retrieved. eZ Publish comes with a set of datatypes for, among other things, plain text, formatted text, images, email addresses and dates. This article explains how to create additional datatypes in eZ Publish 4, and explores how to take advantage of some of the new eZ Publish 4 features.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
In an eZ Publish site structure, there are often nodes that hold information shown as a part of the full view of a different, master node. Showing the full view of the former nodes themselves or getting them as search results is usually unwanted. This is common in forums and articles with comments. If you have worked on a large eZ Publish project, you have probably used such nodes without referring to them by a specific name. This article explains what we call “helper nodes” and also explores the template and content model issues involved, relating specifically to search results.
Monday, 12 May 2008
The eZ content model serves as the framework for web publishing, media portals, intranets, e-commerce sites, extranets, and more. This article explains the structure of the eZ content model, as well as what makes it extensible and flexible enough to enable the creation of the most demanding and wide-ranging applications.
Friday, 08 Feb 2008
Over on the HowtoForge site, Falco Timme has published an article that describes how to install eZ Publish 4.0 on Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). It starts with the steps for installing MySQL, Apache2, PHP5 and eZ Components, and then moves on to eZ Publish installation and configuration via the Setup Wizard. The article is a valuable reference for anyone working with Ubuntu 7.10. You can post comments to the article on the HowtoForge site (after you register); there is also a thread in the eZ Publish forums discussing the article.
Thursday, 20 Dec 2007
With the 2007.2 release of eZ Components comes a new component: Tree. This component enables you to create, manipulate and query tree structures in many ways. In addition to its basic functionality, the component also enables you to render the tree structure in different ways, with different visualizers. In this article, we will render output from an XML tree definition in order to create a nice menu using the Yahoo! User Interface library.
Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007
This article is part of the eZ Publish “How to” series and provides a step-by-step guide to creating a custom form for an eZ Publish website. To integrate with other examples in this series, this article focuses on the creation of a membership application form for the “eZ Tennis Club” website.
Monday, 26 Nov 2007
If you are evaluating Content Management Systems (CMS), you are probably either starting a new web project, enhancing an existing site or standardizing on a single web development platform. Your organization may be the end user of the project, or you may be doing the project on behalf of a client. Whichever is the case, your decision will stay with you throughout the project’s life cycle and beyond, potentially making it one of the most important decisions.
Monday, 29 Oct 2007
When using eZ Publish as a platform to build websites, organizations can make use of the Google Analytics service, an advanced website statistics application that provides detailed information about visitor activities.
Friday, 21 Sep 2007
Nexus Consulting joined the eZ Systems Partner Program in 2002. Today we are proud to be one of the leading eZ Partners in Norway. Nexus Consulting's chosen verticals are eCommerce, Web Services and Education. For more information about our company, check out our website.
Friday, 14 Sep 2007
As the Technical Director at Contactivity, an eZ Partner in the Netherlands, I believe that the eZ Publish Open Source Enterprise Content Management System combines the best features of Open Source and proprietary solutions. In this article, I will compare the advantages and disadvantages of proprietary and Open Source systems and explain why eZ Publish is the right choice.
Wednesday, 05 Sep 2007
This article is the first in a tutorial series that explains how to build a feature-rich eZ Publish site from scratch. It is targeted at people who have little previous experience with configuring eZ Publish sites, but have some general knowledge about web technologies. See the articles about eZ Publish basic concepts and the layout of the eZ Publish Administration Interface for an introduction to eZ Publish. Readers who have worked with eZ Publish but never configured or used the advanced features will also find the series useful. The series demonstrates how eZ Publish can be used to build a dynamic community website, and focuses on practical examples that can be implemented for many different scenarios.
Friday, 31 Aug 2007
All text content in eZ Publish can be translated to multiple languages. Having only one website to administer is efficient and makes it easier to maintain a consistent brand across languages and countries. Site visitors can choose from a list the language in which to view a site.
Friday, 17 Aug 2007
The built-in eZ Publish versioning feature makes it possible to have several versions of a content object. It automatically keeps track of which content changes were made by which users at what time, and provides the option to revert content to a previous version. Every time you click either the Create or Edit button, the system automatically creates a new version of the content. It is always the new version that is edited; old versions remain untouched. In other words, the version mechanism follows a "copy-and-edit" approach rather than an "overwrite / replace" approach.
Thursday, 09 Aug 2007
The cross publishing feature (also called the "add locations" feature) in eZ Publish makes it easy to reuse material on a site, having it appear at multiple locations in the content hierarchy. For example, this feature can be used to place a specific news article at two locations: the front page and the news archive.