Use Case: Create a CMF Site
The top-level concept in the CMF is the idea of a "CMF Site". A
CMF site is a content-oriented Web site with specific business
goals, workflows, collaborations and audiences (content
The "CMF Site" object is used in Zope to represent and manage a
CMF Web site. The CMF Site object acts as a container for site
components and content, and provides interfaces for configuring
the functionality of the site.
- Site Manager is logged into the Zope Management Interface
(ZMI) with a user ID having the "Add CMF Sites" permission
at the desired location.
- From the ZMI, select "CMF Site" from the add list and click
the "Add" button. This will bring up the "Add CMF Site" Web
form. The elements on the add form are:
- the id to be used for the new CMF Site object. This id
will appear in URLs to the site and its subobjects. The id
field is a required field.
- the title to be used for the new CMF Site object. The
title provides a more human-friendly label for the site
object. Providing a title is optional, but recommended.
- Membership Source
- the source of member information to be used by the new CMF
Site. The default for this field is "Create a new user
folder in the CMF Site". This option will create a new
User Folder in the CMF Site to be used as the source of
You may also select "I have an existing user folder and
want to use it instead". In this case, the CMF Site will
draw its member information from a User Folder that
already exists in the Zope object heirarchy above the new
- a short description of the site. This description may be
made available with syndicated content and may be used by
some of the default user interface elements of the site.
Providing a description is optional, but recommended.
After completing the Web form, click the "Add" button to
create the new CMF Site object.
- After submitting the form, the right frame of the ZMI should
contain an administrative "welcome" page of the new CMF
site. The welcome page provides links to:
- The site configuration form
- This form allows you manage sitewide policies and
configuration options. This should be your first stop
after creating a CMF Site object.
- The management interface
- The Zope management interface (ZMI) for CMF Site objects
provides management-level access to the individual
components of the site and provides for more advanced
- The site home page
- The default homepage of the new CMF site. This is what
visitors and members of the site will initially see when
they access the site through the Web.
- Now that the basic CMF Site object has been created, you
should visit the site configuration form to continue setting
up the new site.