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Tutorial or documentation explaining templates

Thursday 26 August 2010 3:52:03 pm - 4 replies

I'm evaluating different CMS's. While eZ Publish looks very promising, I thikn it has a very good content editing front end and good administrator tools, to me it is one of the most difficult CMS I have found when it comes to understanding the visual layout and template system. Are there any good resources that thoroughly explain the template system and how one goes about creating and implementing a new design in eZ Publish?

Thursday 26 August 2010 4:54:23 pm

Hi and welcome Gary!

There's a section in documentation about ez template system, I hope it helps.

You can see the skinning ez publish tutorial after learning the basics of ez publish template system.

Modified on Thursday 26 August 2010 4:56:57 pm by Thiago Campos Viana

Thursday 26 August 2010 10:18:18 pm

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not following the template system that well. This also put's me at a crossroads. Right now I'm looking at eZ Publish and SilverStripe. Both systems have strengths and weaknesses as far as my ability to get the system to work as I want. For eZ Publish my weakness is the template system which I am struggling to figure out. I like other aspects of eZ Publish. In SilverStripe, the weakness for me is the editor, though SilverStripe offers some capabilities to the editor that make it unique.

So I will continue to try and understand eZ Publish template system. But I'm under a short time frame, if I can't figure it out soon I will have to go with SilverStripe.

Friday 27 August 2010 9:02:45 am

Hi Gary, and welcome.

There are two things that should be distinguished here imho: the template system, and the design system. While the template system syntax is getting a bit old, and can be a bit cumbersome sometimes, eZ Publish design mechanism is imho one of the best things since sliced bread.

Regarding the template system itself, it is mostly quite simple. There is a whole documentation chapter about it, that is quite well structured (the one thiago gave you a link to).

The design system is a bit more complex, but also more powerful. It is this one that will let you override the files eZ Publish provides by default (templates, images, stylesheets, etc... everything). You can read more about them here: http://ez.no/doc/ez_publish/technical_manual/4_x/concepts_and_basics/designs. The subchapter for this page will show you one of the most powerful aspects: design combinations (http://ez.no/doc/ez_publish/technical_manual/4_x/concepts_and_basics/designs/design_combinations). eZ Publish basically uses an override system that will let you combine multiple designs in order to render your content, with the minimal amount of changes and code. This last chapter also explains quite well how these are configured in INI files.

It is a bit hard to tell you more than that without more accurate questions, but feel free to ask more details here (or on IRC, if you're an old geek: #ezpublish@irc.freenode.net.

Friday 27 August 2010 11:31:22 am

Hi Gary,

There's some good plain english tutorials at http://www.onequarterenglish.co.uk/tag/ez-publish . Silverstripe and eZ Publish are two very different beasts, and any evaluation of CMSes should fundamentally be based on your project needs, now and in the future.

eZ Publish is an enterprise CMS, and infinitely configurable - it does require a steep learning curve, but is worth it in the long term.

Good luck!

Geoff

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