by October 6, 2009 0 comments

The best part of SilverStripe is its ease of use. While this CMS won’t have
the range of plug-ins and extensions which come with the likes of Joomla and
Drupal, SilverStripe has all the basic features. For example, the intuitive
interface, which can help you create a professional looking portal easily. It is
well suited for the environments where content generators and content editors
are different or content needs to be updated on a daily basis.

Just like you would expect from a typical CMS, SilverStripe comes with
various extensions such as modules for external authentication, blog, calendar,
forum, Flickr, Google Map selection field, etc. It also supports widgets which
can be just dragged and dropped to the sidebar.

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SilverStripe also has a strong access control where you can just specify
permission for the administrative part of SilverStripe that a user can have
access of. For instance, you can specify users who can view reports or only
upload files, etc. Unlike Joomla and other CMSes, it’s administrative interface
is simple to use. Even a person who is not involved in web development can learn
to administer the SilverStripe portal easily.

For installing SilverStripe, you need PHP5, MySQL and a Web server.
SilverStripe is easy to install. Download its package from the above mentioned
URL. Once downloaded, unzip and upload it to your Web server. Open a browser and
point to the URL where you have uploaded SilverStripe.

This will launch the installation of SilverStripe. Here you will need to
provide MySQL credentials i.e database name, user and password. You would also
need to specify admin credentials including email, username and password. Click
on ‘Install SilverStripe’ button to start the installation. Also, you will need
to enable mod_rewrite on the Web server before you install. Once installed,
SilverStripe is very easy to use. Let’s see how to customize it.

To create a new page and click on ‘Create’ button under site
content and structure. New page will be displayed. Now specify its name,
navigation label, content and publish the page.
Under Behavior, you can choose page type, location, etc. You
can also specify whether comments should be allowed on the page, and whether
the page should be shown in menu and search.


 Under Edit, you can assign who can view and edit the
page -anyone or only logged in users or only a specific group of people.
Under File and Images, you can upload pictures, video or any
other files which you plan to use on the portal.


Under Security, you can create new groups and assign
specific permissions to particular groups. You can specify which part of
admin portal a particular group can have access of.
Under Comments, you can manage comments posted by the users
on your website. You can modify, delete them or even mark as spam.


SilverStripe also allows you to apply to batch actions such
as, publish, unpublish, delete, etc, on multiple pages at the same time.
Under Site Reports, you can view all the default reports
such as to do, empty pages and the pages edited in last two weeks.

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