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Advanced Web Content Management

In the previous chapter we looked at some basic ways you can use Liferay to handle your web content. In this chapter we’ll delve deeper into slightly more complex web content management techniques. But don’t be alarmed, it’s not too intense. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Web content structures and templates
  • Leveraging Liferay’s multi-site capabilities
  • Using page templates and site templates
  • Allowing users to customize site pages
  • Staging
  • Creating teams to allow for flexible management of site permissions
  • Mobile device rules

We’ll examine how web content structures and templates provide additional power and flexibility to the web content management system we saw in chapter 2. You’ll also learn how easy it is to set up and administer multiple sites in Liferay. Next, we’ll learn how you can empower your users to create personal customizations of site pages. We’ll also examine how you can use staging to manage the publication of pages and content on your site. Well conclude with sections on creating teams and rules for presenting site pages to mobile devices. Once finished with this chapter, you’ll be the envy of your peers as they’ll think you really know what you’re doing.

Advanced Content with Structures and Templates

If you’ve ever launched a web site, you know that as it grows, you can experience growing pains. This is the case especially if you’ve given lots of people access to the site to make whatever...

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Leveraging Liferay’s Multi-Site Capabilities

As stated in chapter 1, a site is a set of pages that can be used to publish content or applications. Sites can be independent or they can be associated with an organization and serve as the...

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Using Site Templates

Site Templates can be administered from the Control Panel. They allow portal administrators to create multiple sites with the same default set of pages and content. Site templates can contain...

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Using Page Templates

Click on Page Templates in the Control Panel to see a list of page templates. Page templates function similarly to site templates but at the page level. Each page template provides a pre-configured...

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Localization

Previous versions of Liferay had the ability to create and manage different translations of your web content but with Liferay 6.1 we’ve added several improvements. When you create a new piece of...

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Allowing Users to Customize Site Pages

As we discussed before, as your site becomes larger and more complex, management of the content becomes more challenging. We’ve gone over Liferay management tools that help you create content...

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Scheduling Web Content

Liferay’s WCM lets you define when your content goes live. You can determine when the content is displayed, expired and/or reviewed. This is an excellent way to keep your site current and free from...

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Staging Page Publication

Staging is an important feature of Liferay WCM. The concept of staging is a simple one: you can modify your site behind the scenes and then publish all your updates in one shot. You don’t want...

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Creating Teams for Advanced Site Membership Management

Teams don’t appear as a link in the Control Panel because they exist within sites. Teams allow site administrators a greater degree of flexibility than was possible using just user groups and...

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Displaying Site Pages to Mobile Devices

Mobile device rules allow you to configure sets of rules to alter the behavior of the portal based on the device being used to access Liferay. The proportion of mobile device users browsing the web...

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Summary

This chapter has been your guide to Liferay site management and advanced Web Content Management. We’ve seen how you can use Liferay to manage both simple content and advanced content with...

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