Developers use different systems for the content management that help avoid multiple problems for a web site owner. A content management system can assist to create a desired structure of the web project for fast and provide the tools for its administration. The web sites that are created by such technology are often of the same type very. Is there a need to create a new system from scratch if it should solve some standard tasks? Rather no, since there is a class of multiple application servers that provide some basic modules for your web site development. The Zope product is one of the most popular web application servers for today; therefore, it is worth of your attention.
Zope is one of the web application servers that is written on the Python programming language. Developers use this server to create content management systems, Intranet applications, web portals and the other projects. Many hosting providers use Zope instead of the commercial web application servers and the clients appreciate this technology. In addition, any user can have and install Zope, as it is an open source product. All Unix-like systems, including Linux and the BSD family, contain Zope. There is also a Zope version for the Windows users.
Zope can increase the development of the web projects with different levels of complexity. The web application servers of this type help avoid the problems with the users' creation and delegation of the permissions to different users. At the same time, you can use Zope as a ready web site content management.
The basic unit for Zope is content. It is a directory that stores the objects and the properties of this container and methods for their management allow to use the unit in flexible ways.
For instance, you can use Zope for the development of news pages. You should build a container that will store the text files for each piece of news. The parent container will contain a small script with two or three lines that will place the links to these files to the web page. The script should sort the pieces of the news by the file creation date. You can also create some specific properties for these text files and perform sorting by the additional properties. The last stage is a creation of the user, who will have the permissions for editing the content. This user becomes responsible for the news filling. He will enter a web page and create texts there. You can restrict the permissions any way you would like. Thus, you can prohibit the creation of new products and only permit the editing of the existing ones.
Zope provides a good set of tools for the web developers, as it supports two languages, the DTML and the ZPT to be used with the HTML tags. The DTML is a Document Template Markup Language that enables creating dynamic pages even for people, who do not know the programming languages. The ZPT (Zope Page Templates) supports full compatibility with XML. It is more difficult to create a web site with the ZPT; however, the compatibility is worth of this effort. Professionals recommend the usage of this language for the content and design separation; these tools allow to solve multiple tasks. The new Zope versions support a Perl programming language.