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In this column, the authors look at Plone, which they feel is one of the best content management systems available today. Even better, it?s distributed under a free open-source license: the cost of getting started is only limited to the time you have available to set up the software on a server. Plone is written in Python and uses the Zope application server infrastructure; it runs on most modern operating systems. The authors have even set it up at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Computer Science. Besides being two faculty members who rely on Plone to host all our Web content, they have recently customized Plone for their department?s public Web site ( The end result is a site on which content can be maintained entirely over the Web at zero cost to their department. Everything you see on their Web pages was generated by a unique combination of plaintext authoring, clever plug-ins, and a site-wide style.


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