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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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Time for action - editing the weblog template

In this exercise, you'll learn how to edit the weblog.vm template in your Roller theme, to add a side bar and some other elements:

  1. Open your web browser and type http://yourhostname/roller/roller-ui/menu.rol to log into Roller. In my case, the complete URL is

  2. Once you're logged in, click on the Settings link in your weblog to go to the Weblog Settings page:

  3. Once you're in the Weblog Settings page, click on the Design tab and then on the Stylesheet link to see your custom stylesheet code:

  4. Scroll down the stylesheet code window and add the following lines at the end:

    .rCategory li {
    font-size: 80%;
    display: inline;
    list-style-type: none;
    padding-right: 20px;
    li.selected {
    font-weight: bold;
  5. Click on the Save button and then select the Front Page link to see how this code affects your weblog's main page:

  6. Now click on your web browser's Back button to return to your stylesheet code, and add...