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Plone 3.3 Site Administration

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Alex Clark is a Plone Consultant from Bethesda, MD, USA. He runs a thriving Plone consultancy along with his wife, Amy Clark. Together, they service a wide variety of government, corporate, and non-profit organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and worldwide. For more information, please see is his first book and he hopes that people enjoy the result and get inspired to use Plone.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847197043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847197047
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,017,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Israel Saeta Perez on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Packt Plone books strike again! Written by well-known Alex Clark and technically reviewed by the re-incident Steve McMahon, Plone 3.3 Site Administration comes to my e-shelf. Being Alex the most dedicated administrator, you can't expect him to be wrong at how to manage a Plone site. :)

While the book target audience is claimed to be everyone interested in becoming more familiar with how to professionally manage Plone sites, I've found most of the book very, very basic. If you know how to use a terminal, a text editor and a browser, you're likely not going to have many problems following the detailed tiny-step-by-tiny-step instructions provided in the book. However, the reader might feel sometimes like a script-kiddie, executing commands and adding sections to his/her buildout without really understanding fully what he/she's doing (and why) and thus unable to confidently change the configuration. This is specially true in the last chapters of the book.

The writing style is always casual and easy. Alex gets directly to the point without much bla-bla. The downside is that Alex sometimes uses some concepts (like Five, FSDVs or CMF) in the book without previous introduction or pointers to further documentation. But of course, you can always rely on Google. For some questions the reader might have, Alex has opted for a short-answer/medium-answer/long-answer schema that, while the division is not always perfect, helps the reader to decide how in deep does he/she want to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcos F. Romero on September 2, 2010
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I've just finished reading Plone 3.3 Site Administration by Alex Clark, an eagerly awaited book of Packt Publishing, and I'm glad to say that it really exceded my expectations.

After having read the first two chapters with excelent procedures for installing Python, basic packages, a C compiler and finally Plone, I got a little confused when I faced some non administration-related sections like "Customizing site navigation", "Adding new content types" and the "Appearence" chapter. These sections, with buildout specific examples though, were a little off topic in my humblest opinion.

Anyway, after those pages, I dived into *the* Plone Administration reference book I was seeking:
* In detail LDAP integration (chapter 4)
* Essential maintenance tasks like backing-up, packing and log-rotating (chapter 5)
* Excelent step-by-step recipes to configure several alternatives to de facto industry standard web servers, cache servers and load balancers (chapter 6)
* Straightforward and very useful security tips (chapter 7)

I particularly liked the way the author summarizes all the buildout configuration options exposed across the whole book in "Analyzing the contents of our buildout", chapter 8.

It's true that most of the topics coverd in the book can be found in other already published books or online references, but what technical book is not?

As I said above, Plone 3.3. Site Administration is, for me, the Plone Administration reference that was missing and thankfuly is already with us!
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This book is meant for Plone Administrators, and it has some good material for this audience. It guides the reader through Plone 3 setup, and offers a great many tips on using buildout, the preferred way to add functionality to Plone. This isn't a great book for development, though-- there's almost nothing here dealing with software development. In a great many places, there are explanations about how to install some important feature like a cache agent-- but very little explanation about what a cache agent is. It's all about changing your Plone site through configuration. There are plenty of valuable tips on appearance (themes), securing the site, caching mechanisms, log rotation, etc. It reads like the working notes of a well-practiced administrator. If Plone administration is your job, you'll probably like this book.
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