This chapter has described the resources in Liferay Portal that can be configured to build the foundation of your web site. We have seen how to navigate Liferay's user interface so that you can get anywhere you need to in the portal. We have also looked at overall portal architecture and how you might go about designing your site using Liferay.
Next, we went in-depth through Liferay's Control Panel. Using the Control Panel, we learned how to manage users, organizations, user groups, and roles. We also learned how to configure various server settings, such as authentication, LDAP integration, and single sign-on. We also learned how to associate users by default with different user groups, communities, and roles, and we saw how to reserve screen names and e mail addresses so that users cannot register in the portal with them.
Next, we saw how to view and configure overall server settings. We saw how to view the memory currently being used by the server, as well as how to initiate garbage collection, a thread dump, search engine re-indexing, and the clearing of various caches. We learned how to debug parts of the portal by changing log levels, and by viewing the various properties that are defined in the portal.
Finally, we learned how to properly notify users that the portal is about to shut down and how to enable the OpenOffice.org integration. The ability to run multiple portal instances on one installation of Liferay was covered, and we saw how to view the plugins that are currently installed.
All of this information was designed to put you on the path to becoming a seasoned Liferay Portal Administrator.