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Vormgeven met Deliverance:

een voorbeeld uit de praktijk

Styling with Deliverance:

a use case

Who am I

Kees Hink

Plone integrator / developer since 2008

Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe

Here you see me in happier days, when i still had my sunglasses.

Use case

De Oosterpoort / Stadsschouwburg Groningen

Arts centre: music, theatre, dance

Information about concerts, performances

Get information from external source (ticketing back-office)

Order tickets online

High load at start of season

Turn this...

Here we see a typical Plone interface

...into this.

The Deliverance-themed version

Classical Plone Theming

You can easily change CSS (colors, sizes, fonts);

More profound changes can be done by customizing views and templates;

Even more profound customizations: modify the main template

A lot of work for radical design changes!

What is Deliverance

HTML theming tool:

Shifts around HTML

How does this work?

It's a separate server which you put in front of your (or any) webserver.

Yes, but how does this work?

Merge Content and Theme as specified by Ruleset.

Example: Content

Example: Theme

Example: Ruleset

Example: Result


A Deliverance GUI


Graphic designers don't need to know Plone;

You can easily use a 3rd-party layout;

Separate interface for content management;

Keep your Plone site as basic as possible;


Extra layer of complexity;

Separate interface for content management;

No more WYSIWYG;

Extra server (maybe);


Deliverance does simple find-and-replace, no complex transformations

Tell graphic designers which HTML Plone produces, or have them take a look at a Plone site beforehand

404's unstyled

Beware of compression (CacheFu)

Portlets in 's

Calendar in a

Performance considerations

Deliverance is fast, compared to Plone

It will not make your site any faster, because Plone still has to render the page

But your performance won't suffer

Lighter HTML/CSS/JS may save bandwidth and client rendering time

When to use Deliverance

When you are handed a ready-made design from a 3rd party;

When you want 1) full Plone functionality (for editors), and 2) a specific design (for viewers)

When a design would require slightly modifiying many templates / views all in the same manner;

When you have more than 1 content source;

When NOT to use Deliverance

If you want to keep WYSIWYG;

If you want to do a simple graphic design alteration;

If you're going to customize all of Plone anyway;

Ways to use Deliverance + Plone

Plone + Deliverance server

Separate server, independent of Plone

Plone + collective.xdv

Install as Plone product;

Our use case's server setup

'Programma' unstyled

'Programma' styled

'Detail' unstyled

'Detail' styled

'Venue' unstyled

'Venue' styled

Wrapping up...




Collective.xdv installation:


This presentation:

About this presentation

Presentation given at the Dutch Plone Users' day (Gebruikersdag), September 16th 2009.

Slightly modified afterwards:

Added bullet 4 on slide 19

Rephrased bullet 3 on slide 19

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