[Evangelism] Re: "Top 15 Questions..." Final Draft

Calvin Hendryx-Parker calvin at sixfeetup.com
Wed Apr 15 14:56:12 UTC 2009

On Apr 15, 2009, at 10:45 AM, Chris Barnes wrote:

> Alexander Limi wrote:
>> The thing is, Plone *is* easy to install, and you get a very  
>> sophisticated  setup even when using the base installers. It's just  
>> a bit challenging to  develop for at the moment, something that  
>> we're working hard on fixing.
>> SAP is hard to install *and* hard to develop for. Or maybe just  
>> expensive,  depending on how you look at it. ;)
> I hate to sound like Bill Clinton, but it depends on what you mean  
> by "install".
> As I said in my previous note, yes, the program itself installs with  
> relative ease.  But few people would consider that to be the end of  
> the installation.   The "real installation" isn't finished until  
> there is a working product up and running.

What constitutes up and running for you?  The default install will  
leave you with a site you can place up live behind a proxy.

> In my case, I have a small non-profit group where I run a ubuntu  
> server to host their domain (mailman, apache website, vBulletin,  
> etc).  The people in the group are the ones that need to be able to  
> maintain the content of the website, but they are not web  
> literate.   Otoh, just because I can do system admin, and can do  
> *some* webpage stuff, it doesn't mean I'm versed in python (or  
> really any other programming language).
> I do this pro-bono in my spare time.  Which means I really don't  
> have the inclination to learn an entire language.

Why does deploying a Plone site mean you need to learn Python?  There  
are many people out there creating great looking sites and they don't  
know a lick of Python to to it.  They are using a combination of third  
party add-ons (which are easy to install with buildout) and a theme  
product that you can generate from ZopeSkel.

What part of our install story is lacking in your mind so we an  
address it.  I think it would be helpful feedback to get from you.


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