[Evangelism] demo.plone.org

T. Kim Nguyen nguyen at uwosh.edu
Tue Oct 14 00:12:54 UTC 2008

Sounds like a very good idea.  Many potential Plone users and decision  
makers are NOT in a position to nor do they necessarily have the  
knowledge or the time to install software just to try it out.  I have  
seen some of the laziest software decision "processes" you could  
imagine (or maybe you couldn't imagine them!), so something like this  
would help our cause by eliminating this one particularly easy  
"out" (of not being able to see it in action).

I don't know how plone.org is served but maybe this could also be a  
good demo of Jazkarta's Plone in the Cloud offering too.


On Oct 13, 2008, at 6:53 PM, Nate Aune wrote:

> I'd like to explore the idea of creating a demo.plone.org site that
> hosts the current released version of Plone, and would serve as a
> place folks could go to try out Plone *before* downloading it. While
> the installers make it very easy to try out Plone, some folks are
> hesitant to install new software on their computer, and some IT depts
> forbid it.
> The demo.plone.org site would have logins for a standard unprivileged
> user, a reviewer and an admin user. It would get cleared out every
> night with a fresh Data.fs. This could be done with a simple script
> that's executed on a scheduled basis using cron. We could use
> something like Amberjack [1] or Flowgram [2] to create an interactive
> guided tour to "hold the hand" of new users through the process of
> creating new content, reviewing content, administering a Plone site,
> etc.
> what do folks think about this idea? I think it would be nice to have
> this available to coincide with the launch of the newly redesigned
> plone.org website.
> Nate
> [1] http://amberjack.org/
> [2] http://www.flowgram.com/
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