Overview of Plone

Plone is a content management system designed to make it possible for normal people to use a website to communicate with the other normal people. A little orientation to what you see might be helpful. Don't worry if you don't understand it all at first.

Home pages look different than inside pages.

Web pages can have 5 main areas:

  • Banner and main navigation: top of the page, stays the same on most (if not all) pages.
  • Breadcrumbs that show you where you are in the site.
  • Main Content Area: Called "Content" it is the main part of the page you are looking viewing.
  • Left or Local Navigation: A list of items are related to what you are looking at in the main content area.
  • Feature Box: Optional feature on the far right of the screen.

The view of the website is similar whether you are logged in or not logged in.

When you are logged in, you see tabs across the top of the content area.

Know the difference between a Folder View and an Item View:

  • Folder Views have a Contents tab.
  • Item Views do not have a Contents tab.

When in a Folder View, you can view either the contents of the folder (in several formats) or the content of the Main Page in the folder.

If you click on the Contents tab, you can see the contents of the folder and there are checkboxes and action buttons that you can use.

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