Well done J.
I've almost been struggling to convince my tech. dir. about Zope. By now
I've almost given up, and I just say. "Zope is better. That's it. Take it or
I was asked to build a intranet site for my company. I installed a Squishdot
and changed the logo in the top lefthand corner.
Don't give up. After xmas I will have recharged batteries for my propaganda
so, I won't give up.
----- Original Message -----
From: "J. Atwood" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 2:20 PM
Subject: [Zope] Why I Love Zope: Success Stories (BEWARE: sappy stuff
> I run at least 7 or 8 Zope sites of varying shapes and sizes for
> about a year now and everyone once in awhile I just have to take a
> moment and reflect upon how much easier Zope has made my "web" life.
> There are some of my stories (que the music)
> - Recently someone took notice of a FAQ on one of my sites (thank you
> KnowledgeKit) and was trying to figure out how I kept it updated and
> allowed for user submissions. As I told them about the process
> (submit, email, edit, approve, go live and added to "new FAQs") I
> just realized how cool the system really is and how much easier it
> had all been to do in Zope. The kicker was when I mentioned I had the
> same system for the links (Thank you SimpleURL). They were stunned,
> to say the least. Go Zope.
> - My Brother recently had a child and not only was I able to set my
> new niece up with a area on the family site but gave my Father a
> username and password and about five minutes of instructions on how
> to get images into the photo album (thank you ZPhotoAlbum). I went to
> bed while he scanned away and published a series of pictures all by
> himself. Not only was he totally impressed with the system but in the
> content management features. Of course a link went out to all the
> family to come and take a look. Zope can now add a new tag line
> "Father Friendly."
> - I have been slowly getting Zope into more and more projects at
> work. We are now at about 5 Zope sites. This really shouldn't seem
> that amazing except for the fact that I in order to build the very
> first site in Zope I had to battle for about two weeks with
> arguments, case studies and ultimately putting my job on the line.
> Now, when building a new site they don't even question what I will
> build it in. Zope is CEO friendly as well.
> - Two of our sites at work were built at the same time. One in Zope
> one in JSP. Everyone worried about the Zope and how it compared to
> JSP (Tomcat). Fast forward a few months when the consultants who
> built the JSP site are gone and the two sites need content management
> and updating. I spent a little time with one user teaching them how
> to update some stuff with versions etc and they have been happily
> doing so ever since. The person who is responsible for keeping the
> JSP site updated has been struggling with code, FTP issues, compiling
> problems, etc. After about a month of struggling with her updates and
> changes she noticed the other user easily go in through his browser,
> do a quick change and make it go live. Fireworks erupted. She had a
> TIZZY! "DID YOU JUST CHANGE THE HOMEPAGE THAT EASILY? HOW CAN YOU DO
> THAT? WHY CAN'T I DO THAT?! OH MY GOD!!" To which he simply replied,
> "I don't know... I think it is cause it is Zope" (not really knowing
> what Zope was at all).
> (last one)
> - We were building a new brochure site (simple, graphic, etc) and the
> graphic artist who knows a bit of HTML but mostly works in
> DreamWeaver and has done a few Zope updates and image uploads in Zope
> before is heading the project. I set up a Zope server for him, gave
> him a username and password and basically went on to another project.
> A few weeks go by and I went to check to see how things had been
> going thinking that he would probably need me to get the data up
> there and start building the site in Zope. Not only was the site
> already built with DTML navigation that he had put in for location
> specific buttons but he was working on the second version of the
> entire site in a version. I was totally stunned.
> Just a nice set of stories for you to share with your peers when they
> ask you why you should/would or do use Zope.
> If anyone else has similar stories it would be nice to hear them.
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