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Personalization and Customization

In this chapter, we discuss several ways Liferay users can customize pages, applications, and the way they use your portal. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Personal Sites
  • Customizable Pages and Applications
  • Application Display Templates
  • Using a Rules Engine

Personal sites allow each portal user to manage and customize a set of public and/or private pages and any associated content or applications. Public pages provide a means of making content publicly available. Private pages provide a means for users to create content and use applications that should be hidden from other users. Liferay 6.1 introduced the concepts of customizable pages and applications. Administrators can designate certain pages or applications as “customizable,” which allows each user to make and save their own customizations. Portlet layouts can also be customized with the use of application display templates. Application display templates allow a portlet’s look and feel to be completely customized. Liferay Enterprise Edition provides a rules engine which allows administrators to create custom portal rules and simplify complex blocks of code containing lots of if-else statements. Let’s start by discussing personal sites.

User Personal Sites

By default, newly created users in Liferay are each granted a personal site. Each user functions as the site administrator of his or her personal site. Personal sites are fully customizable but...

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Page Customizations

Liferay 6.1 introduced the concept of page customizations. Administrators can designate pages or sections of pages to be customizable. When a user visits such a page, a notification appears stating...

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Using Application Display Templates

The application display template (ADT) framework allows portal administrators to override the default display templates, removing limitations to the way your site’s content is displayed. With ADTs,...

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Using Liferay’s rules engine

EE Only Feature Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition provides an implementation of a JSR-94 compliant rules engine. This rules engine is provided as a Web Plugin and is based on the popular open...

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In this chapter, we discussed personal sites for portal users. We showed how to enable or disable them, how to set whether or not pages should be automatically created, and how to customize...

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