[Plone-UI] How easy is it to customise Plone, really?

bluemonkey gmiller at aktion.com
Wed Nov 26 16:35:54 UTC 2008

I've found I'm in this exact same boat, except I was hired by a company to
build web designs/skins for Plone/eCommerce.  My company employs a very good
Python developer. However, I do not think they (the company higher-ups) know
much about Plone. 

I am very good at learning on my own--but I wasn't prepared for this. 

I've got quite a bit of experience working in interface design and web
design but strictly no Python programming experience. I've also done quite a
bit of stuff with ActionScript.  I've been spending the past four weeks
pouring over tutorials, manuals, and reading selective chapters of the
Cooper and Aspeli's books.  

This actually makes a lot of sense, I've been playing around with
base_properties, the idea of the CSS layers and etc, but no-where was there
info about how to upload a folder of images and point to them using the CSS

I would be very interested in working with the Plone Forum to build out my
skin idea as, my company is creating a long, long list of clients who want
eCommerce sites and me to design them all. Yikes!


vedaw wrote:
> I think that you need to be savvy, but you don't need to be a programmer.
> You won't get far just using CSS to skin Plone, though. You also need to
> be
> able to move stuff around, which requires understanding some fairly dense
> concepts and some light programming.
> [--- stuff deleted ] 
> You'll also need these two tutorials:
> Create a Theme Product: http://plone.org/documentation/how-to/use-paster
> Move Stuff Around: 
> http://plone.org/documentation/tutorial/customizing-main-template-viewlets
> Since you say that you are not a Plone programmer, you have to make a
> decision as to whether you're willing to make the time investment to learn
> Plone. I'm not sure I would bother learning all of this for just one
> project. This isn't like building sites with Dreamweaver, but it's
> incredibly rewarding. I wouldn't go back to Dreamweaver for any amount of
> money.
> If you show us what you have in mind, we can give you an idea of what will
> be difficult. If you have a lot of stuff happening in the center of the
> page
> -- which amounts to custom templating -- that will increase the
> difficulty.
> If it's not too complex, we can probably walk you through the steps if you
> need help.
> In the meantime, my suggestion is that if you can read these two tutorials
> and it doesn't scare the hell out of you, you've got a good chance of
> succeeding:
> http://plone.org/documentation/tutorial/buildout
> http://plone.org/documentation/tutorial/customizing-main-template-viewlets
> - Veda 
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