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Deliverance for Plone, a use case


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A talk for the Dutch Plone users' day, september 16th 2009. Please note that collective.xdv / Diazo is currently the way to impement this.

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Deliverance for Plone, a use case

  1. 1. Deliverance <ul><ul><li>Vormgeven met Deliverance: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>een voorbeeld uit de praktijk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Styling with Deliverance: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a use case </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Who am I <ul><li>Kees Hink </li></ul><ul><li>Plone integrator / developer since 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe </li></ul>
  3. 3. Use case <ul><li>De Oosterpoort / Stadsschouwburg Groningen </li></ul><ul><li>Arts centre: music, theatre, dance </li></ul><ul><li>Information about concerts, performances </li></ul><ul><li>Get information from external source (ticketing back-office) </li></ul><ul><li>Order tickets online </li></ul><ul><li>High load at start of season </li></ul>
  4. 4. Turn this...
  5. 5. ...into this.
  6. 6. Classical Plone Theming <ul><li>You can easily change CSS (colors, sizes, fonts); </li></ul><ul><li>More profound changes can be done by customizing “views” and “templates”; </li></ul><ul><li>Even more profound customizations: modify the main template </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of work for radical design changes! </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Deliverance <ul><ul><li>HTML theming tool: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Shifts around” HTML </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How does this work? <ul><li>It's a separate server which you put in front of your (or any) webserver. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Yes, but how does this work? Merge Content and Theme as specified by Ruleset.
  10. 10. Example: Content
  11. 11. Example: Theme
  12. 12. Example: Ruleset
  13. 13. Example: Result
  14. 14. Banjo <ul><li>A Deliverance GUI </li></ul>
  15. 15. Advantages <ul><li>Graphic designers don't need to know Plone; </li></ul><ul><li>You can easily use a 3rd-party layout; </li></ul><ul><li>Separate interface for content management; </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your Plone site as basic as possible; </li></ul>
  16. 16. Disadvantages <ul><li>Extra layer of complexity; </li></ul><ul><li>Separate interface for content management; </li></ul><ul><li>No more WYSIWYG; </li></ul><ul><li>Extra server (maybe); </li></ul>
  17. 17. Caveats <ul><li>Deliverance does simple find-and-replace, no complex transformations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell graphic designers which HTML Plone produces, or have them take a look at a Plone site beforehand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>404's unstyled </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of compression (CacheFu) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Performance considerations <ul><li>Deliverance is fast, compared to Plone </li></ul><ul><li>It will not make your site any faster, because Plone still has to render the page </li></ul><ul><li>But your performance won't suffer </li></ul><ul><li>Lighter HTML/CSS/JS may save bandwidth and client rendering time </li></ul>
  19. 19. When to use Deliverance <ul><li>When you are handed a ready-made design from a 3 rd party; </li></ul><ul><li>When you want 1) full Plone functionality (for editors), and 2) a specific design (for viewers) </li></ul><ul><li>When a design would require slightly modifiying many templates / views all in the same manner; </li></ul><ul><li>When you have more than 1 content source; </li></ul>
  20. 20. When NOT to use Deliverance <ul><li>If you want to keep WYSIWYG; </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to do a simple graphic design alteration; </li></ul><ul><li>If you're going to customize all of Plone anyway; </li></ul>
  21. 21. Ways to use Deliverance + Plone <ul><li>Plone + Deliverance server </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate server, independent of Plone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plone + collective.xdv </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install as Plone product; </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Our use case's server setup
  23. 23. 'Programma' unstyled
  24. 24. 'Programma' styled
  25. 25. 'Detail' unstyled
  26. 26. 'Detail' styled
  27. 27. 'Venue' unstyled
  28. 28. 'Venue' styled
  29. 29. Wrapping up... <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Links: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliverance: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collective.xdv installation: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banjo: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This presentation: </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. About this presentation <ul><li>Presentation given at the Dutch Plone Users' day (Gebruikersdag), September 16 th 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly modified afterwards: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Added bullet 4 on slide 19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rephrased bullet 3 on slide 19 </li></ul></ul>