Hippo CMS 7

This documentation relates to an earlier version of Hippo.

You're currently looking at the documentation website for Hippo CMS 6. Hippo CMS 6 has been marked End Of Life since January 1st 2013 and is no longer officially supported. As of January 26th, 2009, a new major version of Hippo CMS is available, version 7, for which the documentation can be found at www.onehippo.org.

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These getting started tracks are for Hippo CMS 6. If you do not know Hippo CMS yet, it is recommended to start with the Hippo CMS 7 Quickstart.

Hippo CMS has an open architecture, which contains different components that together create a full Hippo solution.

Looking at the architectural overview below, you will notice that a Hippo architecture can be split up in three main components:

  • Hippo CMS
  • Hippo Repository
  • Your front-end

Looking at the front-end technologies, you will notice that you are free to choose what kind of technology to use for your front-end application. In this image you will see mainly Java front-end components, but you could also use Ruby, PHP or .NET if you are more familiar with these technologies (as long as they are able to talk WebDAV). Over the years Hippo has developed several toolsets for different kinds of Java front-end technologies, to allow the developers easy access to objects inside the Hippo Repository.

Since working on a Hippo Architecture, could allow you to work on only one, or all three parts of this architecture, we provide you with multiple 'Getting Started Tracks'. See the list below to find the right getting started track for you.

  • Cocoon UsersThis Getting Started track is for experienced Cocoon Users, who would like to see how the parts that make up a Hippo CMS site all work together. You will be taken through downloading and installing the Hippo Repository, the Hippo CMS and a sample site, into a standard Cocoon distribution.
  • Hippo CMS DevelopersThis Getting Started track is for experienced developers, who would like to add to, customise or otherwise work with the latest version of the Hippo CMS. We will take you through how to get and build the source code for the Hippo CMS 6.
  • Hippo Repository DevelopersThis Getting Started track is for experienced Java developers, who would like to add to, customise or otherwise work with the latest version of the Hippo Repository. We will take you through how to get and build the source code.
  • Hippo Site DevelopersThis Getting Started track is for experienced Cocoon website developers, who would like to build websites that publish content from a Hippo Repository. You will be taken through downloading and installing the Hippo Repository, the Hippo CMS, the Maven Hippo-Cocoon plugin and our Site Skeleton, which can act as a framework for your project.
  • JSP or JSF Site DevelopersThis Getting Started track is for JSP / JSF website developers, who would like to build websites that publish content from a Hippo Repository. You will be taken through downloading and installing the Hippo Repository, the Hippo CMS and the Hippo Site Toolkit, which can act as a framework for your project.
  • Portal DevelopersPortal Developers ? This Getting Started track is for portal developers, who would like to build Hippo portal in combination with Hippo Repository. You will be taken through downloading and installing the Hippo Repository, the Hippo CMS and the Hippo portal, which can act as a framework for your project.