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Professional Plone Development: Building robust, content-centric web applications with Plone 3, an open source Content Management System by Martin Aspeli

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Plone-the-Application and Plone-the-Framework

New users sometimes appear on the Plone mailing lists asking for a comparison of Plone and PHP, the popular web programming language. That is pretty crazy if you consider that PHP is a language and Plone is first and foremost a content management application. You can download Plone, put it on your server, configure a few options, perhaps install a third-party add-on product or two, and use it to solve your everyday content management needs.

Thus, Plone-the-application is used to power intranets, public websites, document repositories, and a host of other web-based systems. Plone successfully competes in the “upper mid-tier” CMS market, and is often chosen over commercial systems such as RedDot CMS and ...

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