Lesson 2. Going to Graceland

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Elvis loved his home, Graceland. Let's link an existing page to our web site with information about Graceland.

  1. Click on the graceland Folder.
  2. Inside you should see a number of objects including an index_html page.

If a Folder contains an object named index_html, that object provides the folder's default view. This is just like how an index.html or a default.htm file works with a conventional web server.

At the top of the management screen, you will find a folder icon followed by "Folder at", and the URL of the current folder. In addition to being informative, this URL is a navigation aid. Each part of this URL is a link, and can be used to go to the management screens of parent folders.

  1. Return to the enclosing folder by clicking the lesson2 link in the folder's URL.
  2. Click on the home.html template to edit it.
  3. Change the contents of the home.html template to:
    <img tal:replace="structure container/header.gif">
    Welcome to <i tal:content="template/title">title</i>,
    your source for information about Elvis and
    Elvis sightings.
    Elvis was born in
    <a href="graceland">Graceland</a>.
  4. Click the Save Changes button.

This adds a link the the graceland folder. Now let's test out the link.

  1. Click the Test tab.

You've successfully created a multi-page site with a link between two Zope objects.


Zope files and templates have a lot in common with conventional web pages--they have names, are arranged in hierarchies, and have URLs that correspond to their locations.

In the next lesson you'll learn about moving pages around in Zope.