[Baypiggies] Is plone fo me?
ken at seehart.com
Sat Sep 9 06:17:06 CEST 2006
I am fairly experienced with Zope. I have heard people complain that
Zope is monolithic to the point of being annoying. My experience is
that Zope really isn't all that bad. But from what I've seen so far of
Plone, by skimming the documentation and attempting to play with it, I
am starting to get the impression that Plone really is as monolithic as
I originally thought Zope would be. I'm hoping to hear otherwise.
What I want to do:
1. Get complete control of the main look and feel. I have implemented a
Zope page template exactly as I want it. The template is a finely tuned
table with perfectly aligned graphics. Plone seems to want to let me
plug in bits and pieces to customize aspect of the look, but I need to
actually control the arrangement of the entire page. In fact, I don't
think the final result will look much like a Plone page at all.
2. Allow users to add content by editing plain text. The user should be
able to select whether the page is a calendar event, a main menu page,
etc, and automatically add a link to the appropriate list. (this item
is why I would look at Plone at all). I will need to implement my own
page templates with custom scripting to display certain lists.
3. I want to implement my own custom regular expression substitutions on
the structured text content.
Is Plone too shrink-wrapped for what I need? Should I just stick with
Zope and implement my own variation on existing structured text tools?
Here's a link to my prototype: http://www.seehart.com/aikidosantacruz.org
If you take a look at that link, you will notice that it will use a
rather small portion of the features available in Plone. What I think
is annoying about Plone is that it looks like I will spend a bunch of
time removing unused features from the main page! The default Plone
page is really fancy, but I would much prefer to start with an empty
page, and that add what I need. Note that the bottom portion of the
menu will not be visible to non-authenticated users, who will be in the
majority. I have no use for things like user customizable skins since
only a few people will have accounts, and the target audience will be
anonymous read-only users.
Plone looks like it has more than enough features for me. I just want
to start with a clean empty page, not the ridiculously excessive swiss
army knife of the standard default page.
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