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What is Plone?

Plone is an
out-of-the-box ready content management system that is built on the
powerful and free Zope Application server. It requires minimal effort
to set up, is deeply flexible, and provides you with a system for
managing web content that is ideal for project groups, communities and

  • Plone is easy to install. You can install Plone
    with a a click and run installer, and have a content management system
    running on your computer in just a few minutes.
  • Plone is easy to use. The Plone Team includes
    usability experts who have made Plone easy and attractive for content
    managers to add, update, and mantain content.
  • Plone is international. The Plone interface has been translated into over 20 languages, and tools exist for managing multilingual content.
  • Plone is standard. Plone carefully follows
    standards for usability and accessibility. Plone pages are compliant
    with US Section 508, and the W3C's AAA rating for accessibility.
  • Plone is Open Source. Plone is licensed under the
    GNU General Public License, the same license used by Linux. This gives
    you the right to use Plone without a license fee, and to improve upon
    the product.
  • Plone is supported. There is close to a hundred
    developers in the Plone Development Team around the world, and a
    multitude of companies that specialize in Plone development and support.
  • Plone is extensible. There is a multitude of
    add-on products for Plone to add new features and content types. In
    addition, Plone can be scripted using web standard solutions and Open
    Source languages.
  • Plone is technology neutral. Plone can
    interoperate with most relational database systems, open source and
    commercial, and runs on a vast array of platforms, including Linux,
    Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris and BSD.