The products I use for my websiteΒΆ

Tags: quills, plone

I made my website with Plone. Mostly plain plone (2.1 at the moment) with some layout modifications. I do use some extra products, though, and not all of them are readily visible. I was asked to provide the list, so I'll put it up here for all to see.

  • LinguaPlone for providing translations of documents. I only use it for a few pages at the moment, but I'm slowly extending it. "Languages" in my case means Dutch and English. For example on the homepage .

    Linguaplone finds the best language based on your browser settings. So if you're Dutch you'll get the Dutch page if available, otherwise the English one. If you click one of the language flags, linguaplone sees it as a direct command and will refuse to display pages not in that language. All in all I'm pretty happy with it.

  • Local folder, basically only for including my old graduation thesis that's a set of docbook-exported plain html files somewhere on my harddisk.
  • Plone comments for warning me of new comments. You can use it as a moderation tool, but I only use it to get an email for every new comment. Oh, and it adds a "name" field for anonymous comments.
  • Plone google sitemaps for notifying the almighty google of all my URLs. Look at google sitemaps for an explanation. It's just a list of URLs, basically. Works out of the box.
  • Redirection tool helps me to keep the number of 404s under control. You can add aliases for pages ("this page used to have this URL") and alternatively it will try to guess where the unknown page went. If it finds a page elsewhere with the same ID it will redirect right away.

    I do my best to make a good website and one of the most important things is to prevent dead links. I do move stuff around, for instance when switching weblog software. But I flatly refuse to throw away all that free advertising (read: incoming links) to my old weblog posts, so I've got a pretty impressive set of redirects in my apache config! And for a lot of the other things, the redirection tool is my friend.

  • Quills, my weblog tool of choice. I'm using the 0.9 version at the moment with some small local modifications (especially to the atom template). I'll have to look at the current 1.5 development, whether my changes are still needed (and if "yes", feed them back into current development).

Other changes mostly include the portlets. Some adwords portlets, random photo, clustrmap. etc.

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My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.

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