Before you start

Please take a few minutes to look over this document.

Make sure you're ready

Install PageSeeder

First, make sure that you have access to a PageSeeder installation. If not, you can download PageSeeder and follow the installation instructions.

Note

You do not need a license to install PageSeeder locally.

Start PageSeeder 

PageSeeder is installed. Good. Let's make sure it's up. Go to:

http://localhost:8080/

(or whatever host and port it has been installed on)

If you cannot access the URL or it does not take you to the login screen, make sure the server has started:

  • If you've installed it as a service, type:

  • service pageseeder start
    
  • Otherwise, you need to start Tomcat manually.

Check the PageSeeder version

Make sure you know what version of PageSeeder you're working on. The PageSeeder version is always displayed at the bottom of the page.

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Log in as an administrator

In order to do some development on PageSeeder, you need elevated permissions. So make sure that you log in as an administrator.

  • If you have installed PageSeeder yourself, you already have an administrator account: just use the login and password that you used during the installation.
  • If you're working off an existing installation, ask an administrator on that server to create/update your account for you. You will need to log out and log back in for the change to take effect.

To check that you've logged in as an administrator, make sure that the admin tab appears in the navigation.

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Switch to the "developer perspective"

Although this isn't strictly required, the developer perspective includes a number of tools and pages that make life easier for developers. To switch perspective, hover your mouse over the cube icon:

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To check that you are using the developer perspective, you can look for the following clues: a spanner in the header, toolbox icon, a "Dev" tab in navigation and additional blocks such as the performance block.

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Now you're a PageSeeder developer!

Basic concepts

Understanding the following concepts will make it easier to start planning your first PageSeeder implementation.

Special note is made of these concepts because of potential confusion with other, better-known terms.

Server

Yes, it's called the PageSeeder server. Like a physical server, virtual server, application server, web server, email server and many other 'servers'. What is intended is an umbrella term for PageSeeder's infrastructure of relational database, database connection manager, Java servlets and Java application server, XSLT processor and other assorted objects.

Project

A term used endlessly in development tools and offline methodologies related to the collaborative delivery of services. Although this is somewhat of an oversimplification, a PageSeeder project acts as the container for any custom code related to an implementation. Projects can contain multiple groups but only one set of customizations, so all groups in a project have the same customizations.

Group

This is where all documents, comments and tasks are stored either publicly or privately. Groups can store content exclusively or share it with other groups.

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Time for your 2. First steps in PageSeeder.

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