6. Installation & Setup of Plone 6¶
Plone is the combination of a backend (data storage) with a frontend (user interface) into a fully featured CMS.
Plone 6 is an installation of Plone.
By default it uses Volto for the frontend, based on ReactJS, on top of the
plone.restapi to interact with the backend.
This combines the stability, maturity, and security of the Plone backend with a modern, mature, user-friendly, and well maintained frontend.
Plone Classic is another installation of Plone. It uses Barceloneta, a customized version of Twitter Bootstrap, for the frontend. It will stay in place as a frontend option, giving developers and users time to adapt to Volto.
See the Plone road map for details.
This training is about Plone 6.
6.1. Installing Plone backend¶
Make sure you have a current and by Plone supported Python 3 version.
One way to achieve is
pyenv which lets you manage different Python versions.
It even let's you setup virtual Pythons of the same version for individual projects.
pyenv install 3.9.5 pyenv virtualenv 3.9.5 plonepy pyenv activate plonepy
This installs and activates a Python 3.9.5. It does not affect your system Python as it is an isolated virtual Python environment.
The following instructions are based on Ubuntu and macOS. If you use a different operating system (OS), please adjust them to fit your OS.
On Ubuntu/Debian, you need to make sure your system is up-to-date:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get -y upgrade
Then, you need to install the following packages:
sudo apt-get install python3.9-dev python3.9-tk python3.9-venv build-essential libssl-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libbz2-dev libjpeg62-dev sudo apt-get install libreadline-dev wv poppler-utils sudo apt-get install git
On MacOS you at least need to install some dependencies with Homebrew
brew install zlib git readline jpeg libpng libyaml
For more information or in case of problems see the official installation instructions.
6.1.2. Get Plone backend and install¶
Download Plone from https://plone.org/download
Follow the instructions. Select option 'standalone' for your first Plone installation.
You do not find a Plone 6 to download? Well it's not released. We still do a Plone 6 setup: Plone backend plus Plone frontend. If Plone backend is still a Plone 5, that's OK.
6.2. Installing Plone frontend¶
For a Plone 6 installation by now two installations are needed: Plone backend and Volto frontend. The former section is describing the options for a Plone backend installation. This section is about setting up a Volto project.
nvm(Node Version Manager) to manage
# macOS brew install nvm #Linux apt-get install nvm
nodeLTS (node version LTS: long time support)
nvm install --lts
Install package manager
npm install --global yarn
Create your Volto project:
Generate a project with yeoman
npm init yo @plone/volto
It will take a while to install all dependencies.
yowill ask a series of questions. Respond to the first by entering your project name, the next by pressing Enter, and to the remaining two with
The output will look like this:
me@here sandbox % npm init yo @plone/volto npx: installed 14 in 3.392s Getting latest Volto version Retrieving Volto's yarn.lock Using latest released Volto version: 10.4.1 ? Project name volto-project-myprojectname ? Project description A Volto-powered Plone frontend ? Would you like to add addons? false ? Would you like to add workspaces? false create volto-project-myprojectname/package.json create volto-project-myprojectname/yarn.lock create volto-project-myprojectname/.eslintrc.js ...
Start up the project volto-project-myprojectname with
cd volto-project-myprojectname yarn start
If successful, you get:
🎭 Volto started at http://localhost:3000 🚀
Create a Plone site object Plone on http://localhost:8080
Point your browser to http://localhost:3000 and see that Plone is up and running.
You can stop the Volto app anytime using ctrl + c.
For more information see Volto documentation.
6.3. Hosting Plone¶
If you want to host a real live Plone site yourself then running it from your laptop is not a viable option.
You can host Plone...
with one of many professional hosting providers
on a virtual private server
on dedicated servers
Plone Installation Requirements: https://docs.plone.org/manage/installing/requirements.html
6.4. Production Deployment¶
The way we are setting up a Plone site during this class may be adequate for a small site — or even a large one that's not very busy — but you are likely to want to do much more if you are using Plone for anything demanding.
Using a production web server like Apache or nginx for URL rewriting, SSL and combining multiple, best-of-breed solutions into a single web site.
Reverse proxy caching with a tool like Varnish to improve site performance.
Load balancing to make best use of multiple core CPUs and even multiple servers.
Optimizing cache headers and Plone's internal caching schemes with plone.app.caching.
And, you will need to learn strategies for efficient backup and log file rotation.
All these topics are introduced in Guide to deploying and installing Plone in production.