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Introduction to Plone, part 1


Plone is one of the more popular and easy to setup content management systems systems out there, and through these articles I will show you how Plone can be used as a publishing system.

First off, what you need to do is go to the Plone demo site and register as a user;  you can do that by clicking on the "join" link (these links may be labeled differently if your browser is configured for a non-english language):

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On the following page you're asked for name, username, email, password and whether or not the password should be mailed to you.   Note that all fields that have a No description available after their title require input, so username, email and password are required. I tend to forget my passwords, so I checked that option as well.


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When you're done filling in the details, press register and you should see the following page.

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Click on "log in" to login immediately, without having to enter your username and password. Now, when logged in you'll be presented with the following view;  we'll skip right to the juicy bits and go to the home folder.


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Click on "my folder" and you should get the following view, where you can add a news item from the drop-down list (opened by clicking on "add item").


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Click on news item and you will get the following view, where you can enter information about the news item.  Note that title and body text are required;  we'll also enter the description here, it will be shown on the news item as we'll see later.  The body text field has an advanced editor that supports formatting of the news item if you want to make something bold, italic, right aligned and so on.

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The news item has an elaborate set of input fields, but we'll just enter information into title, description and body text for now.  As you can see below, you're also able to upload information into the body text field from a file, I'll show you how that can be done in a later article.


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Click on save and you should get the following view with the information you just added.  Easy isn't it?  :)

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That's it for the first part, in the next article we'll look at how to submit a news article for publishing and how to actually publish it.

Introduction to Plone part 1 (registering and creating news)
Introduction to Plone part 2 (submitting and publishing news)