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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
Credits
Foreword
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Preface
Pop Quiz Answers
Index

Chapter 6. Roller Themes and Blog Promotion

Wow, we're finally over the hill! I hope you've enjoyed the chapters we've seen in this book so far. In this chapter, we're going to talk about Roller Themes and how to promote your weblog on all the popular social bookmarking websites such as Technorati, Digg, Delicious, and StumbleUpon.

A theme is a small set of templates, and a template is just a web page with HTML and Velocity code embedded inside it. In Chapter 7, Working with Templates, we'll see some basics about Velocity. For now, let's just concentrate on these basic definitions and start working with all the cool examples I've designed for you!

Basically, in this chapter you will:

  • Learn how to choose a weblog theme

  • Download and install new weblog themes

  • Learn about port forwarding in order to open the web port (80) on your PC and show your Roller weblog to the Internet world

  • Learn how to promote your weblog on some popular social bookmarking websites

I guarantee that you'll learn a lot of useful...