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Apache Roller 4.0 - Beginner's Guide

By : Alfonso V. Romero, Brian Fitzpatrick, Alfonso Vidal Romero
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Apache Roller 4.0 - Beginner's Guide

By: Alfonso V. Romero, Brian Fitzpatrick, Alfonso Vidal Romero

Overview of this book

Apache Roller enables you to build a fully-featured, multi-user blog server apt for all kinds of blogging sites. It is an ideal tool to create your own blogging network with unlimited users and blogs, forums, photo galleries, and more! While it is exciting to have a list of interesting features it can offer you, it might be a little difficult to get started with it by your self. This book will teach you how to get started with Apache Roller and make the most of all its features using step-by-step, detailed instructions. You will learn how to establish your internet presence with an Apache Roller blog and use the latest web tools to enhance your posts and attract visitors. You will also learn how to promote your blog on popular social bookmarking services and customize it to suit your need. This hands-on and practical book introduces you to Apache Roller. Starting off with the configuration and installation of your own blog, you'll then quickly learn how to add interesting content to your blog with the help of plenty of examples. You'll also learn how to change your blog's visual appearance with the help of Roller themes and templates and how to create a community of blogs for you and your colleagues or friends in your Apache Roller blog server. The book also looks at ways you can manage your community, and keep your site safe and secure, ensuring that it is a spam-free, enjoyable community for your users.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Apache Roller 4.0
About the Author
About the Reviewers
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Checking your environment

Before installing the open source software, it's convenient to check your Linux environment to see if you already have any of these components installed—Apache, Tomcat, Java SE Development Kit, or MySQL. As there are so many Linux distributions around, the installation process for Apache, the Java JDK, MySQL, and Tomcat depends on what packages you selected when installing Linux. For example, I am running my official Apache Roller blog on a Slackware Linux PC, but you can use any distribution of your choice. According to DistroWatch (, the most popular ones at the time of writing this book are Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Mandriva, Mint, PCLinuxOS, Slackware, Gentoo, and CentOS. Each distribution has its pros and cons. If you're new to Linux, I definitely recommend you to go for Linux Ubuntu. In fact, I used Ubuntu when writing this chapter's material, so you can just go and grab a copy from the Ubuntu official...