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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
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In this chapter, you learned how to create and edit your first template in Roller, along with some basics about the Velocity Template Language and how to create your first Roller theme from scratch.

Specifically, we covered:

  • What is a template, and how to create/edit a custom template with Roller's admin interface

  • An introduction to the Velocity Template Language, Roller's model and data objects, and how to use these objects' properties, methods, and macros in a custom template to show data from your weblog

  • How to create your first Roller theme from scratch!

  • The basics about the theme.xml, weblog.vm, _day.vm, and stylesheet override files used inside a Roller theme

This chapter gave you the basic knowledge to start experimenting with your Roller themes and learn all you can about the Velocity template language and Roller's model and data objects, properties, methods, and macros used to display data from your weblog.

In the next chapter, you'll learn about comments and how they are a vital...