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Plone Portlets

by Olha Pelishok last modified 2010-05-18

This article applies to: Plone 3.0, Plone 2.5, Plone 2.1

Portlets in Plone 2.1, 2.5


Content area is between 2 colums of portets - left (1, 2, 3) and right (4, 5, 6) portlets.

1. Navigation portlet - displays documents on site in the form of a navigation tree. Navigation tree can be configured in 'Site Setup' -> 'Navigation Settings'. There you may choose which content types to be displayed in the Navigation portlet, and enable items filter on workflow state. Here you can also set navigation tree depth and the navigation tree start level.
2. Recent changes - displays the latest chnages made on site.
3. Related items - displays documents, which have some common keywords with the current one.

4. News portlet - displays all recent published news items on site. All published 'news items' content types are displayed here no matter in which folder they are. Besides, they all are gathered in smartfolder ''News" as well as all events in smartfolder "Events."
5. Upcoming events portlet - displays upcoming events. Event content type objects will be displayed in the calendar and will be listed as the upcoming events in the Events portlet.
6. Calendar.

Left and right portlets can be removed or their position can be changed in 2 ways:

a) Using Zope Management Interface.

To see your site in Zope interface add /manage to the site url. In the opened window choose Properties tab. In the left and right slots you my change the position of portlets, delete unneccesary, and add new ones.





b) Using SimplePortlet product.

Install SimplePortlet product to your site. And now, a new button appears in the toolbar - Portlets: portlet


Click on it and in the opened window you can choose portlets you want to see when visiting a folder. The may be different from root/parent folder, or may be the same (inherited).



Portlet management in Plone 3.0

Plone 3 has a useble system of portlets management.

A nice piece of documentation about portlet management in Plone 3.0.x can be found in How to manage portlets in Plone 3 article.


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