Now it's released - Jeeves new website that we developed together with our subcontractors STXNext.pl. After 5 years of delivering several sites to Jeeves we implemented their new visual identity. The site has Plone hosting from Valentine. Watch it on jeeves.se. Champagne must be a sign that Jeeves is satisfied. So are we.
Plone is the best open source CMS
Recently several cheap Plone hosting alternatives have made their way out on the market, and one of the better we like is Ploud, which is incredible fast and beautiful. We may start our own soon, just need to talk to Alan about licensing the code first :) There are manyPlone hosting providers listed, and starting yesterday we are one too! We now host the Plone sites of Jeeves Information Systems. Our hosting is, for now, aimed for customers who want a full Plone service provider.
Plone hosting to scale
Our hosting is a mix of normal servers and cloud based on Amazon. You as a customer can decide how much you need in order to have your site up and going. We combine the cloud option with normal hosting so you can get extra resources when you need them. Our servers are spread all over the world and located in different data centers by several different companies. This way we can make sure that we always have some servers up somewhere. For more information contact Sasha Vincic.
Is cheap Plone hosting what Plone needs?
Cheap Plone hosting will attract new types of users. Plone's upgrade history hasn't been pretty, as most Plone sites are large and have a lot of custom code. This is a problem that also exists in Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress and other systems that are growing; but in controlled environment like Ploud.com and Wordpress.com users get a great experience since the hoster controls what is available. We think this is a good way of showing users what is available and making them start using Plone. Maybe we'll start our own Ploud :) We might if it will benefit Plone and the community. What do you think?
International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility
Upgrade to Plone 4.1
That was about all they said to us during our first meeting, and they finished by saying that we have 40 hours to do it. They wanted us to take their Plone 3 site which we had never touched and uppgrade it to Plone 4.1 in one week.(Swedish) From our experience we knew that this would be a very difficult challenge to pull off. They said: Surprise us!
We accepted the challenge
We didn't, however, need to start from the beginning. They already had a buildout with an upgrade to Plone 4 which they had already started. In the end we managed to surpass both our and their expectations with flying colours. We had a working Plone 4.1 site up and running after one week!
We deliver Plone services to INCF
INCF were satisfied(Swedish) and decided to continue with our collaboration. We want to thank INCF for their confidence, and to also take the opportunity to thank Metamatrix for letting us be a subcontractor of Plone services.
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Upgrade to Plone 4.1
We would like to thank Sipri for entrusting their confidence in us to secure and upgrade their website to Plone 4.1. We had just begin to find our feet after Valentine and Sipri(SV).so we felt quite confident in being able to finish the task in one week. See below what the client thought and read more about
Dear Sasha and Pawel,
It seems that everything works fine now and the website is much faster than ever before.
Of course there will always be one or two things that need to be corrected.
Everything went very smoothly and I really appreciate the good work both of you did for us.
I hope in the future you will also be able to assist us with our website work.
Have a well deserved vacation.
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Facts Databases and Early Warning Programme
Information Technology Department
PEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Plone Conference 2011 - San Francisco
Plone – CMS for web
Plone was released nine years ago, and it was the most secure, beautiful NoSQL CMS and the only one available to that date. Today it is still beautiful, fast and the most secure web CMS. It is going to be very interesting to hear about the plans for Plone, with exciting elements such as Deco and Diazo.
Pyramid – Django
Many Plone developers are using the Pyramid/Django frameworks to create advanced products online; this year there will be a related technology track and I heard that Daniel Greenfeld will talk about Django. Paul Evert is also giving a lecture on Pyramid for humans.
If accepted, I for one will give a talk about managing multilingual sites with caveats and tips. It is a non-technical talk which I also gave in 2009 and 2010 which presents use cases from multilingual sites and possible solutions to them. If you have any tips to improve the talk, add a comment or send an email to me.
Most secure open source CMS
Plone has proven to be secure before and updated statistics from the CVE database show that Plone is still the most secure CMS. Bellow we see the last five years of statistics and I let them speak for themselves.
Plone vulnerability process
Plone is secure but still it has not managed to have zero security issues one year and probably nobody will manage that but there is a big difference on how to handle the found vulnerabilities. Today was the big patch Tuesday or ploneaggedon like some called it on twitter. Even with vulnerability like this Plone shows that is is mature and has a process for handling them. The security team announced the upcoming patch one week in advanced before the patch and details were made public. This gave all the Plone companies possibility to plan upgrade and downtime for their customers. Great work security team and sweet dreams.
Valentine Web Systems on iPhone
Diazo theming is fastWe recently started an upgrade to Plone 4 of our website. After few days everything was done except the theme. To avoid delays and get our website up and running as fast as possible we decided to go with XDV/Diazo since we already used it for a python e-commerce and Plone with a shop. We took our old theme and converted it to a static html/css and applied some simple rules. Within couple hours we had a Diazo theme that looked the same as before but we did manage to add some mobile css.
Lessframework - CSS3 and HTML5To learn some CSS3 and mobile skinning we tried out the Lessframework
project. A simple CSS3 and HTML5 project that shows you how to define different stylesheets for different resolutions.We also looked at mFabrik but it didn't fit our timeschedule this time.
Diazo/XDV is getting adoptedWe wanted to write more about how we did the theming here but Aclark.net beat us so we'll just link to them :)
Time to rethink the webAfter reading the excellent presentation by Bryan Rieger. We already know what other steps we need to do to make our website mobile friendly. This presentation tells us that the mobile internet is much bigger then iPhone and Android, it definitely convinced me that my argument "the other mobile users do not use internet" is wrong so our ecommerce solutions will be ready for the mobile industry.
Do you want Plone 4 site or a mobile solution?
Contact Sasha Vinčić at +46708 840 660 or online
Plone, GAE, HTML5
The year started with business as usual with our main customer EEA and with overtime we also managed to redesign Jeeves Information System's multilingual websites, all with Plone. I, Sasha went to the Lovely Snow Sprint where the topic this year was Google App Engine. It was a perfect place to meet friends and learn something new. Together with Jens W. Klein from Bluedynamics and Nick Johnson from Google we created TweetEngine for sharing twitter accounts. After the Snow Sprint I was very inspired to do more projects so we decided to take 2 days a month to do none customer work and Per Thulin really let his creativity flow. We put all our projects on http://labs.valentinewebsystems.se/ . During summer Frederik Jeppsson joined us and helped us evaluate python e-commerce systems and migrate lavendeldockor.se from EasyShop to LFS.
Father and we won the tender
After summer the changes started. I became a father. Per Thulin decided to start his own company so I decided to leave the office and move to the open space at Malmö Arena at St.Gertrud. Together with Eau de Web in Romania we won the tender at EEA! But after more then 6 years I decided that it was time for me to do some new projects so for the new work at EEA I found a replacement for me.
The launch at EU parliament
During the year our biggest project was SOER 2010 and a subproject SENSE for the European state of environment report. But before the launch of SOER 2010 at EU parliament in Brussels I also went to Plone Conference 2010. At the Plone Conference 2010 I gave two talks, External E-commerce and Plone playing along and Managing multilingual sites.
New year, new opportunities
Now few days left of the year I must say it has been a good year, a lot of work, met interesting people in the SENSE project and I am looking forward to the new year with a lot of new interesting projects and opportunities.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from a cold and snowy Sweden!
"SOER 2010 provides a set of assessments of the current state of Europe's environment, its likely future state, what is being done and what could be done to improve it, how global megatrends might affect future trends… and more."Source: EEA - SOER 2010 website
Plone powers the environment
In this project Plone plays a big role since it is EEA's main CMS for the public website. The SOER report is today a sub site with content from EU and neighborhood countries. Two third of the countries uploaded content manually through Plone CMS and 1/3 through RDF feeds as part of the SENSE project. The 13 SENSE countries used their own CMSs where Plone was one of them in at least 3 countries. Most of them used the eea.soer/eea.rdfmarshaller products developed by us for EEA but Italy also had own products for their Plone site.
From static paper to full traceability
The goal of the SENSE project was to give countries more control over their content and possibility to update it continuously and give the readers full traceability to data sources. This has not fully been achieved but it is on it good way and discussions have started in many countries how to make the underlying data available to the public.
Now when the report is launched the discussions are already going on how to continue the work with many other 'sharing information' projects like INSPIRE and SEIS. We hope that more RDF and Linkeddata projects will be the outcome of this.
RDF and Linkeddata in Plone
For this project two products were developed, eea.rdfmarshaller which is a generic RDF marshaller (export only as of today) for any Archetype content. You just add /@@rdf to the url or use a RDF browser which sends correct Accept headers and you will get the content as RDF. With this approach we have enabled any Plone site to speak RDF and we can easy create connections between Linkeddata RDF storages or Plone sites powered by eea.rdfmarshaller.
RDF marshaller allows custom adapters which were utilized in eea.soer to generate specific RDF output in the SOER/SENSE project.
Make websites and make difference
I, Sasha Vincic have been working with EEA for over 6 years and recently I decided that it is time for me and my company to find new projects. The environment, economy and health are important topics and listening to Prof. Jacqueline McGlade,
Executive Director of the EEA, Janez Potočnik, European
Commissioner for the Environment and specially Jo Leinen, Chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety i was inspired and proud of have been part of the web team at EEA for so many years. Last time I was this inspired this much was at the Eben Moglen's keynote at Plone conference 2006 where he talked about how open source really can make difference in the world. Time to make some difference.
Plone conference 2010
The clear sign of mature product is when you realize it can't do everything and it is much better to use the best tool for the job then reinvent and try to shoehorn everything into Plone.
Calvin Hendryx-Parker from Six Feet Up told us how they have integrated Solr into Plone. In his talk Enterprise Search in Plone using Solr he explains how alm.solrindex plays very well with ZCatalog and you don't have to do any changes to your code, just install it as a normal ZCatalog index.
David Glick from Groundwire went through the technical aspects of how to use web services from Zope/Plone. In his talk The Art of Integrating Plone with web services he mentions REST, XML-RPC, and SOAP. The interesting thing is that Zope has had XML-RPC support over 10 years! You have been able to provide and consume web services with Zope and Plone for many years.
Diazo the theming service
Me, Sasha Vinčić did a presentation External E-commerce and Plone playing along where I presented how you can use external e-commerce and I also mentioned that you can look at the theme as a service. With the tools Deliverance and Diazo(former XDV) we are able to see it as a service. As with many services we get the benefits of being able to exchange it and reuse it across other services. Easier and faster Plone theming with Deliverance and xdv by Nate Aune, Jazkarta and Theming with XDV by Laurence Rowe and Diazo will be the default theming in Plone 5 indicates that this is the way to go, see themes a service.
How do you use web services with Plone or provide them from Plone/Zope?