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Metadot Portal Server v6.4.x


The Definitive User and Administrator Documentation
September 28, 2006


Metadot Corporation

Austin, TX – USA

Tel (512) 346 0360 – Fax (512) 233 5335


Table of Contents


How to get help 1

1 Background of Metadot Portal Server 1

2 About this document 1

3 Quick start 1

3.1 Interface overview 2

3.2 Normal and edit modes 2

3.3 Web builder bar 3

3.4 Managing content 4

4 The long list of all gizmos 16

4.1 New page 16

4.2 Aggregated calendar view 20

4.3 Aggregated discussion view 21

4.4 Attachment / link 22

4.5 Calendar 23

4.6 Contact us 26

4.7 Discussion 26

4.8 Document with version control 28

4.9 FAQ section 29

4.10 FormMaker 30

4.11 HTML/Javascript 31

4.12 Image item 32

4.13 Job posting section 33

4.14 Job Request 34

4.15 Navigation bar 35

4.16 News article 36

4.17 News article image 36

4.18 News Item 37

4.19 Newsletter (Business Edition) 38

4.20 Newsletter w/ multiple articles 39

4.21 Organization 40

4.22 Poll 40

4.23 SQL Reporter Gizmo (Business Edition) 41

4.24 Press release section 47

4.25 Site map 48

4.26 Submission system 49

4.27 Survey gizmo (Business Edition) 51

4.28 Table 54

4.29 Task list 55

4.30 URL scrapper – Incomplete Documentation 55

4.31 What’s new 56


5 Metadot gizmotags 56

5.1 The list of all gizmotags 57



6 Users and groups 58

6.1 Built-in Metadot users 59

6.2 Registering a new user 59

6.3 Self registration and approval system 59

6.4 Editing properties and/or deleting registered users 59

6.5 Becoming a user 60

6.6 User login 60

6.7 User home page 60

6.8 Managing groups 60

6.9 Built-in Metadot groups 61

6.10 Creating a new group 61

6.11 Editing a group and adding users 61

6.12 Deleting a group 61

6.13 Resetting the Admin password 61



7 Metadot roles 62

7.1 Admin 62

7.2 Site manager 62

7.3 User 62

7.4 Registration manager 62

8 Security and permissions 63

8.1 Require user login 63

8.2 Page and gizmo-level permissions 63

8.3 Page permissions are inheritable 64

8.4 Advanced permissions options 64

8.5 Automatic password expiration 64

8.6 Registration blacklist 66


9 My website: user-personal website 66

10 My page: user customizable news page 66

11 My stuff 67

12 Content cycling 67

13 Gizmo anchors tags 67

14 Friendly URL’s 68

14.1 Page url’s 68

14.2 My website / user homepage friendly url 68

15 Searching for content 68

16 Searching user directory 68

17 Look & feel customization, website branding 69

17.1 Style and colors 69

17.2 Global look and feel 69

17.3 Local look and feel 69

17.4 Built-in skins 69

17.5 Creating new skins 71

17.6 Themes are deprecated 71

18 Portal configuration & administration 71

18.1 System configuration 72

18.2 Configuring metadot.conf 82

18.3 Connecting to a remote MySQL host 84



19 Software compatibility 85

19.1 Database compatibility 85

19.2 Web server compatibility 85

19.3 Search engine compatibility 85


20 API & Portal server extension 85


21 Virtual Metadot servers 85

21.1 Setting up a virtual server using the same code base 85

21.2 Load balancing configuration 88

How to get help


  • You can get free help on our free online forum at www.metadot.com. This forum is answered by our user base and we usually do not get involved.

  • You can get help reading this document.

  • You can get paying help (non free) from us for technical support, installation, look and feel customization and programming.

  • We can host and run your portal for you: you take care of the content and we keep it running (and backed up).

  • If you wish to engage us send an email to info@metadot.com or go to our website can click contact us. www.metadot.com



1Background of Metadot Portal Server

Metadot Portal Server a leading open source portal system. Its revolutionary ease of use allows non-technical people to create very powerful websites and portals with just the clicks of a mouse. Its architecture makes it extremely easy to customize and deploy. It is available for free under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It provides collaboration, content management, as well as a My Page (like My Yahoo) and online database applications. Typically it is used to create web portals, intranets, extranets, organizations and projects websites.

When it was first released in April 2000, it revolutionized the way complex websites were built by giving easy-to-use tools to non-technical users and allowing them to create powerful database-backed websites without having to involve a webmaster or the IT department!

It runs primarily on Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl and supports also commercial environments like Sun Solaris, Windows operating systems and Oracle databases.
Today Metadot Portal Server is used by leading organizations and replacing or complementing multi-million dollars content management and collaboration solutions.
Metadot Portal Server technology and features improves over time since the Metadot engineers include all new ordered functionality inside the software.

Therefore each Metadot customer contributes to improving the software.



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