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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
Pop Quiz Answers

Chapter 8. Comments and Trackbacks

You can have the best graphics, flash animations, and all the latest gadgets installed on your blog, but guess what; If you don't write interesting stuff then readers won't be attracted to your website and they won't leave any comments. That's the real power of having a weblog—you can interact with your visitors via the comments they leave in your posts! You can also build strong commercial and personal relationships this way.

In this chapter, we shall learn:

  • How to manage comments in your weblog

  • How to moderate comments through Apache Roller's administrator interface

  • About spam and all the counter-measures available in Apache Roller

  • About trackbacks and how to use them to interact with other bloggers


Before getting your hands dirty with this chapter's exercises, make sure to change your Roller weblog's theme to Basic, because this is the one I'll use to explain the comments and trackbacks features.