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Farcry. Not just a game anymore…. What is Farcry?. Farcry is a Content Management System (CMS) It is designed to separate the jobs of site creation/design from content population (allows site owners to manage their own content and programmers to focus on code). Who uses Farcry?. Many people!
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Farcry Not just a game anymore…
What is Farcry? • Farcry is a Content Management System (CMS) • It is designed to separate the jobs of site creation/design from content population (allows site owners to manage their own content and programmers to focus on code)
Who uses Farcry? • Many people! • Anyone who wants to have control over their own content and regularly change content will want to use Farcry • Each site can take a divide and conquer approach (i.e. different jobs within the site [news, events, pages, site admin, etc])
What is Farcry Good For? • Sites with lots of changing content • Sites with news or events pages • Sites with many contributors • Sites wanting to automate things such as RSS feed generation
What is Farcry NOT Good For? • Application based sites: if there are too many applications being integrated into Farcry, it could end up being more tedious than a normal CFML site • Flash sites: it is possible to run an entire flash frontend on Farcry’s backend (not without custom programming)
Installing Farcry • We need the following: • A database • A data source in CF Administrator • An IIS/Apache site set up WITH a virtual directory mapped to the Farcry admin • A web browser • Demo
How to navigate the webtop • The webtop is the admin section of Farcry. • There are several tabs by default: • Overview • Site • Content • Admin • Reporting • Security
Webtop: Overview Tab • The overview tab provides an “overview” of items that might require your attention • Shows content items pending approval, in draft or items up for review. • Also where you manage your profile
Webtop: Site Tab • This is where the structure of your site is stored. • Tree layout to visualize and preserve parent/child relationships • Folders are Navigation Nodes (These are the links for your site nav) • Pages are content items associated with the navigation node
Webtop: Content Tab • Contains all other types of content: • Media Libraries • News Items • Events • Contains a different way to view your site tree • Contains utilities for use with content (i.e. RSS Generator)
Webtop: Admin Tab • Contains tools to manage the site: • Config Files • Verity • COAPI Management • Contains other tools useful for rebuilding tree structures (beware)
Webtop: Reporting Tab • Various reports on browsing and searching history • Similar to Log File reporting • Can be turned off to increase speed
Webtop: Security Tab • Allows you to manage Users, Groups and Group Policies • Group Policies are a powerful way to limit access to certain types of content or certain nodes of the tree
Code Structure • Core vs. Project • Anything built into Farcry is in the core • Anything customizable is in the project
Project File Structure • config: project specific application variables • customadmin: extensions of the webtop • includedObj: include files go here (They are stand-alone applications that can be “plugged into” Farcry) • packages: custom types and rules go here, including CFCs and all files included by CFCs
Project File Structure (cont’d) • system: further system configuations (dmConfig and dmCron) • webskin: display templates for various content types (re-skinning a site involves creating new display templates and plugging them in) • www: web root. Images, files, xml, etc all go here. Images and files directories are used in the image/file libraries.
Extending Webtop (Custom Type) • Let’s say you have a need for something that is not built into Farcry, such as a photo gallery. What do you do? - Go through custom types and install photo gallery.
Resources • Website: http://www.farcrycms.org • Downloads available on Downloads page • Community support links are also available on this site. • Wiki and bug tracker links available on website as well. • Wiki: http://docs.farcrycms.org/confluence/ • Bugs: http://bugs.farcrycms.org/secure/Dashboard.jspa
Resources (cont’d) • Mailing lists (farcry-dev, farcry-user, farcry-beta, farcry-de) • farcry-dev is probably the most active of all the lists: http://groups.google.com/group/farcry-dev/
Questions? • Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns or visit my blog: Jake Churchill 402-408-3733 x103 firstname.lastname@example.org http://jake.cfwebtools.com