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Configuring Liferay Applications

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, permissions, archive configurations, exporting/importing portlet data, and the Recycle Bin. We’ll discuss how these features work together to facilitate information flow within your portal and provide an enhanced experience for your users. So before we get into the nitty gritty of the applications themselves, it’s best to cover these common features first, starting with the look and feel configuration options.

Look and Feel

An administrator can access the look and feel configuration menu of any Liferay portlet by clicking on the gear icon at the top right corner of the portlet and selecting Look and Feel. The location...

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Export/Import

Some Liferay portlets allow you to export or import portlet data. These include many of Liferay’s collaborative applications, such as the Blogs, Wiki, and Message Boards portlets. To export or...

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Scope

As we learned earlier, roles can be scoped by the portal, by a site, or by an organization. A role only takes effect within its scope. For example, a Message Boards Administrator role with complete...

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Archived Setups

Once you’ve configured a portlet, Archived Setups enables you to save those settings in an “archive”. If someone goes in and changes the settings of a particular portlet, it then becomes easy to...

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Permissions

All of Liferay’s portlets support Liferay’s robust, fine-grained permissions system. Some higher level permissions can be configured in the permissions tab of the portlet configuration dialog box....

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Communication

Liferay implements several communication mechanisms across portlets including those specified by the JSR-286 standard: public render parameters and events. Public render parameters are easy to use...

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Sharing

The web was once thought of as a number of islands of applications in a vast universe of “cyberspace.” Many web sites attempted to make their island the biggest. Some succeeded to a large extent...

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Recycling Assets with the Recycle Bin

Have you ever had that life-altering experience where you deleted an important file and immediately regretted deleting it? The deed is usually followed by a palm to the forehead or a sick feeling....

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Summary

In this chapter, we explored the configuration options available for Liferay applications. We showed how to customize your applications, export/import portlet data, take advantage of different...

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