The best practice for customizing components is to use the authoring portlet. Changes made using the authoring portlet can affect all instances of a component on the server. Use the authoring portlet to customize Web content items other than those available through Advanced settings
. Copy items from the shared resource library to other Web content libraries and then edit the copied items. This is necessary because when you apply an iFix or fixpack, any changes to items stored in the shared resource library will be lost.
Because IBM® Lotus Web Content Management uses libraries to store Web content items, any customization done to a Web content component must start with access to the appropriate library. For wikis, blogs and lists this happens automatically when you select to customize one of these components through the Advanced appearance settings
. For discussion forums and other Web content items, you must use the authoring portlet to copy the items you want to customize from the shared resource library to other Web content libraries.
There are two ways to access the authoring portlet. You can either access it through Advanced administration
, or add it to a page in your place. Add the authoring portlet to a page in your place if you need to view libraries created in your place. Place libraries are not accessible from the Advanced administration
To access the authoring portlet follow these steps.
- To view or copy items into a new Web content library you can use the authoring portlet in Advanced administration.
To view or copy items into a place library you need to add the authoring portlet to a page in your place and then view the settings for that page.
- Click Advanced administration in the footer.
- Click Portal content -> Manage content.
- Select Place Actions -> Modify place layout
- Click New Page and enter a title.
- Edit the page layout of the new page.
- Click Add portlets.
- Select the Web content authoring portlet. You can search for it by title.
- Click Done until you return to your place.
- Go to your new page.
- Select Edit shared settings in the portlet menu.
- Select the Web content libraries you would like to access.
After setting up your library:
- If you customize a presentation template or authoring template, you must edit the main site for your component library and redefine the template map to use your customized presentation template or authoring template.
- If you add a new element to an authoring template, you must reference the element within a customized presentation template or component for it to appear in your place component design.
- If you customize a component, you must change the reference in presentation templates and element designs from the shared resource library component to the customized component for it to appear in your place component design.
Once you have completed customizing your components, you can save them as a template using the authoring portlet. Any existing content in the components will be copied into the template.
For information on how to use the authoring portlet, see Using the authoring portlet
and Configuring the authoring portlet
from the IBM WebSphere® Portal information center.
Parent topic: Customize Web Content Management components: qp85