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for nonprofits Jon Stahl ONE/Northwest www. onenw. org
Agenda • • • Some quick intros Nonprofits that use Plone features Plone community Questions
Nonprofits that use Plone
The Nature Conservancy
Chicago History Museum
Green For All
Green For All
Not just for nonprofits! • Business – Novell – Disney – Continental Airlines • Government – Brazilian Government – New Zealand Government – Towns and cities around the world • Education – University of Washington – Penn State • Publishing + Media – Discover Magazine – High Country News – KCRW public radio
Plone is a CMS (“Content Management System”)
Huh? http: //flickr. com/photos/b-tal/163450213/sizes/l/
A CMS like Plone lets you… • Create and edit webpages without knowing any HTML, or using any tools other than your web browser • Work with a team of people on your site • Have a site that “knows about itself” – E. g. automatic navigation & search • Have a site that interacts with users
Feature Checklis t http: //flickr. com/photos/theta 444/148516637/sizes/m/
Rich text editor
“Kupu” • Style-based formatting • Image resizing & captions • Tries hard to clean up your messy cut-andpasted HTML • Automatic tables of contents • Full-screen mode
Juggle images with ease
Commentin g Ratings, Polls Surveys RSS
Building forms http: //flickr. com/photos/concrete_forms/523459697
“Plone. Form. Ge n”
Who can see What, When?
Versioning + Staging Make changes, push them live, roll back to old versions
No broken links
Link integrity • Links won’t break when you move images or pages • Warning when you delete something that is linked to • External link checking can be added
Search results as you type • Similar to Google Suggest • Search results appear instantly in dropdown • Full-text indexing of Word, PDF, Excel files • Customizable advanced search • Bonus: every search is an RSS feed!
Other cool things about Plone http: //flickr. com/photos/cowfish/181497543/
Accessibility http: //flickr. com/photos/slambo_42/2751446827/
Search Engine Optimizatio n
Books and online docs plone. org/documentation
End-user Guide http: //plonebook. info Free PDF download Or, buy hard copies Benefits the Plone Foundation!
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Plone plays nice with… • Online donations • Online advocacy • CRM Databases – Direct integration with Salesforce. com
Pluggable Authentication “Plone. PAS” Lets people log in with: – Relational databases – LDAP / Active Directory – Open. ID – Apache – Salesforce. com This is really important for larger nonprofits with lots of staff!
Some don’t like to talk about this http: //flickr. com/photos/ickypic/1414298839
Companies/projects with the most vulnerabilities http: //www-935. ibm. com/services/us/iss/xforce/midyearreport/xforce-midyear-report-2008. pdf
Comparing CMS security 2007 data from http: //plone. org/about/security/overview/security-overview-of-plone/
Security of supporting layers
Why this matters • Most vulnerabilities are fixed quickly. That’s good. • But, you or your sysadmin have to upgrade or apply patches • Lots of people are lazy or unmindful • Therein lies the rub Plone has very few problems, which keeps you off the “security upgrade” treadmill.
Installation and Hosting http: //flickr. com/photos/paulhammond/2872919132/
Hosting considerations • PHP-based apps run in “el-cheapo” $5$20/month web hosting accounts. – Quality of these providers is questionable – They can’t support much traffic or large sites at that price – Customer service may be lacking
Plone is (slightly) different http: //flickr. com/photos/pasotraspaso/2561252664/
More hosting considerations • VPS – virtual private server – Best kind of hosting for Plone (and many other things) • RAM is key metric. 512 MB RAM is a good minimum. • Expect to pay $30 -70/month for quality VPS hosting • Lots of Plone people like Slicehost. com – Amazon EC 2 hosting is attractive for large sites – Many Plone consultants offer hosting, too!
Community: Our secret weapon
Community happens online and off Online • IRC channel : #plone • 54 mailing lists/forums http: //plone. org/support/forums • Twitter: @plone • Linked. In group Offline • 9 sprints in 2008 • 6 annual conferences • 2 symposia in 2008 • 25+ User groups in 11 countries
Plone Foundation • A US-based 501 c 3 nonprofit “software conservancy” • Owns & protects all core Plone code and the trademarks on our name & brand • “Clean” legal trail on all intellectual property and a community governance mechanism • Provides long-term organizational continuity
Where to learn more • • plone. org plone. net plone. tv Live chat (official site of Plone) (consultants, sites, case studies) (screencasts, podcasts) (drop by and ask questions live!) – http: //plone. org/support/chat