Once you’ve configured an application, Configuration Templates enable you to save those settings in a reusable template. If someone goes in and changes the settings of a particular app, it then becomes easy to revert those changes back to the original configuration template. Configuration templates are only available for apps placed on a page. Applications available from the Menu do not provide configuration templates.
To create a configuration template, click the Options icon () from the menu in the app’s title bar and select Configuration Templates. If the current settings of the app you’re configuring are the ones you want to save, click the Save Current Configuration as Template button. If not, change the settings of your app until it’s configured the way you want it, and then click the button.
There is only one field to fill out. Enter a name for your template and click Save. You should now see your configuration in the list. If you ever need to revert the app to these archived settings, you can click Actions () → Apply next to the configuration template you want to apply.
Unless otherwise noted, all of the apps in Liferay Portal support this feature. This is particularly useful for apps that have a lot of configuration options, such as the Message Boards application.
In this chapter, you’ve explored the configuration options available for Liferay applications. You learned how to customize your applications, export/import app data, communicate between apps, take advantage of different scopes, and save your app’s configuration settings. You also examined the different uses of social applications like Facebook and Netvibes for your Liferay applications. In all, Liferay Portal gives you an abundance of options to leverage the full capability of your applications.