IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) are used together to create, manage, and deliver content for your website. You can create content using the web content authoring portlet, or create your own customized authoring interface. Web content stored in external content management systems can also be referenced within a WCM system. You can deliver your web content using web content viewer portlets, the WCM servlet or pre-render your site to HTML.
WCM provides federated documents feature using Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard. CMIS is an interoperability standard set by OASIS Open Standard for sharing information across Enterprise Content Management Systems. This feature allows users to insert a link to a document located in a remote server and render the documents from the remote server.
WCM builds on top of WebSphere Portal. WebSphere Portal Extend Version 8 contains WCM Version 8. If you have a Portal base environment installation, you can add the WCM packages, but be careful about the deployment considerations of your environment.
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In this guide, we use IBM WebSphere Portal Extend Version 8 in our scenario. To install this, obtain and unarchive the following packages:
- IBM WebSphere Application Server version 8 with at least Fix Pack 126.96.36.199
- IBM WebSphere Portal Server version 8 with at least Fix Pack 188.8.131.52
- IBM WebSphere Portal Extend version 8 with at least Fix Pack 184.108.40.206
- IBM WebSphere Supplements version 8 with the latest Fix Pack in case you need to install and use IBM HTTP Server powered by Apache and IBM Plugins
- IBM Content Template Catalog version 4.1 (CTC)
The above packages can be added to an IBM Installation Manager repository and used to install you server environment. You can always choose the silent installation option. In this guide, we use IBM Installation Manager Version 1.7.1.
Installing IBM WebSphere Portal Extend Version 8
1. Launch IBM Installation Manager.
The picture below describes the packages that need to be selected in order to proceed with the IBM WebSphere Portal Extend version 8 installation:
2. Clicking Next
takes you to the screen where you have to accept the license agreement after carefully considering the information presented.
3. Choose the installation paths for WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal Server in the next screen.
4. Click Next
and you can select the translations to install.
5. Select the features that you require for the server environment.
6. Choose the type of portal profile template and the profile configuration details in the next screen.
7. After carefully completing the profile configuration details, click Next
and review the choices you made.
8. Click Install
and wait for the installation process to finish.
The final installation screen show the status of the installed packages and lets you launch the Profile Management Tool to create different profiles.
Installing IBM Content Template Catalog Version 4.1
The IBM Content Template Catalog (CTC) is installed with everything you need to build a site. You can also install the demonstration site to learn from seeing the design of a working site. Site Builder is an optional application that comes with CTC that lets you create a basic website or site template quickly.
CTC Version 4.1 can be obtained from the the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog
. The archive we installed is called CTCInstall.zip and it has to be expanded on the machine where the Portal node is installed. We took into consideration a one-node portal environment. If you use a horizontal portal cluster, then CTC has to be installed on all nodes. For virtual portals follow the steps described by following this link
. More information about CTC is also available there.
Before installing CTC, locate the ctc.properties file and add a valid value for parameter PROFILE_DIR which is the path to the profile directory. You also should add valid values in the wkplc.properties file for the WasPassword
To install CTC, you need to run the following command from within the folder you expanded the CTC archive:
ctc-install.bat -PortalAdminPwd password -WasPassword password