Thursday, June 28, 2007

Plone workshop, London, August 2007

For anyone interested in learning how to develop Plone sites there's a 5-day Plone workshop in London on 13-17th August 2007.

There's a fairly steep initial learning curve when it comes to developing and extending Plone. Although there's a lot of support available in the form of mailing lists, chat rooms, books and documentation on the Plone website itself, it takes quite a while on your own to get your head around such a large content management system.

That's why this workshop sounds like it would be useful to anyone with not much prior knowledge of Plone but who wants to get up to speed quickly. At nearly £1000 it's a significant investment. but I reckon it's worth it for the time it's likely to save doing it by yourself.

Plone used by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) unveiled their new Plone site back in April and I'm just getting round to having a look at it now. Visually it's quite plain, a little bit too blocky and it feels very flat on the page to me. I'm not a visual designer, but I probably would have at least thrown the odd gradient in there to soften it a bit.

One of the good things about Plone is the speed at which a fully functional content-managed site can be deployed but I think more effort should be put into skinning the public appearance. If nothing else, this would at least show others that it can be done. See the British Postal Museum and Archive site for example.

Interestingly, the FOEI site uses PloneMultisite to deploy content from a single editing base to multiple sites. I'm not up to speed on exactly how this product works but it sounds like something that's worth further investigation.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

ReadSpeaker in action

Following on from my ReadSpeaker without nasty page reloads post, the nice way of implementing ReadSpeaker that we developed has now gone live on the British Postal Museum and Archive's website.

Comments and suggestions about how to make it better are welcomed.