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Creating Content Quickly and Easily with the eZ Publish Website Interface

Tuesday 22 May 2007 10:00:00 am

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Adding and editing content on your eZ Publish website can be as simple as logging in to the front-end of your site with editor privileges, navigating to the location where you want your new content to appear, then selecting the appropriate action on the Website Toolbar. This brings up an editing interface with intuitive WYSIWYG features.

This article is the second in a series focusing on concepts and features discussed in the newly released book eZ Publish Content Management Basics and is a short user guide to the eZ Publish Website Interface. The Website Interface is an optional extension to eZ Publish. The article describes how to work with the interface to edit and publish content. We focus on the Website Toolbar and the Content Editing Interface.

The eZ Publish Website Interface reduces content management complexity and increases ease-of-use compared to the Administration Interface. It integrates into the front-end of an eZ Publish website and requires user login to access.

Accessing the Website Interface

The Website Interface can, by default, only be accessed by users who are registered on the site and belong to the Editor or Administrator group. You therefore need a valid user account (username and password). After logging with an Editor account, you can add and edit content. With an Administrator account, you can additionally perform more advanced content management tasks and access site settings.

The Website Interface of eZ Publish can be accessed regardless of your physical location and / or operating environment as long the client machine is able to access the eZ Publish server via the internet or internal network, and is equipped with a supported web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox).

The Online Editor and other interactive features make use of JavaScript technology. This means that JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser to be able to use these features.

JavaScript is a lightweight programming language that extends the functionality of XHTML. It is used in eZ Publish to create a more user-friendly environment. The interfaces will function correctly in non-JavaScript browsers, but will not be as feature-rich as intended. If JavaScript is disabled, the Online Editor will not be available and you will thus have to edit content as XML.

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