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Liferay Portal ships with a robust suite of collaboration applications which you can use to build communities of users for your site. These applications provide all the features that you would expect of standalone versions outside of a portal setting. The difference with Liferay’s collaboration suite, however, is that all of the applications share a common look and feel, security model and architecture. They inherit the strengths of being part of Liferay’s development platform so you can use them in combination with Liferay’s user management and content management features to build a well-integrated, feature-rich web site.

This chapter focuses on how to use Liferay’s collaboration suite. We explain how to set up and administer:

  • Blogs
  • Calendars
  • Message Boards
  • Wikis
  • Polls
  • Chat
  • Mail

We’ll discuss how these features work together to facilitate information flow within your portal and provide an enhanced experience for your users.

Understanding Liferay’s Common Configuration Options

Just like siblings have common features inherited from their parents, applications that ship with Liferay also share common features. These include look and feel, communication, scoping, sharing,...

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Expressing Yourself Using Blogs

The word Blog is an apostrophe-less contraction of the two words web and log. Blogs were first popularized by web sites such as Slashdot (http://slashdot.org) which have the format of a running...

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Organizing and Sharing Events with the Calendar

Liferay’s Calendar portlet is a complete calendaring solution. You can schedule any number of events of different types, receive alarms via email or text message, import and export your calendar,...

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Discuss, Ask and Answer Using the Message Boards

Liferay’s Message Boards portlet is a state of the art forum application similar to many forums in which you may have participated. The difference, of course, is that Liferay’s message boards can...

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Working Together with the Wiki

Liferay’s Wiki portlet, like the Message Boards portlet, is a full-featured wiki application which has all of the features you would expect in a state of the art wiki. Again, though, it has the...

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Find Out What Others Think or do Using Polls

How well do you know your users? Do you ever wonder what they’re thinking? Is using your site easy for them? How do they feel about the hot-button issues of the day? Do they prefer dogs over cats?...

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Staying in Touch With the Chat

Liferay’s Chat portlet provides a convenient way of allowing users to send each other instant messages when they are logged into your web site. It appears as a bar at the bottom of every page,...

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Integrating Your Email with Liferay Mail

Liferay’s Mail portlet enables your users to interact with their email using an easy to use, ubiquitous web interface. If your mail system supports the IMAP protocol, you can use the Mail portlet...

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We have explored many of the portlets in Liferay’s collaboration suite. You have seen how you can configure all of the portlets in a similar fashion using a unified user interface. After this, we...

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