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Revamped Docs on Liferay.com!

Company Blogs September 20, 2010 By Richard Sezov Staff

This has been a long time coming, and could not have been done without the help of a whole team of people, but we have finally done a redesign of the documentation pages on this site.

Our previous docs page was, I'll admit, confusing. In fact, we've heard several times that people thought the only documentation we had is in our wiki, and that is far from the truth. The wiki is great, but it's not where we place our documentation. The best place to find official documentation that is vetted and sanctioned by Liferay is on our Docs & Resources page. We spent a lot of time listening to what the community was saying, and have made these changes as a direct response, not only to provide more documentation, but also to make the docs we have easier to find.

So what will you find? First: the Portal Admin Guide for all three supported releases of Liferay (6.0, 5.2, and 5.1) is now browseable on the site, and its contents will appear in searches. This is a big change in and of itself, because previously our documentation was locked up in PDF files which weren't easily indexed (by Liferay or by search engines such as Google). We could not have done this without our awesome dev team in Spain, who provided a way for us to import the documentation and convert it automatically to Liferay Web Content.

In addition to this, we now have more documentation. The Portal Admin Guide for Liferay 6 has been comprehensively updated and now covers Liferay's CMS and Liferay 6 specific features such as workflow. The print edition adds more than 100 pages of material, and the rest of the content has been updated to cover the new user interface. We don't have the physical print book ready yet, but watch for it soon.

As you probably know, Liferay's official development documentation is contained in the Manning book Liferay in Action, which as of this writing has about three and a half chapters to go. You can get it electronically now as part of Manning's early access program here. If, however, you want to learn about Liferay development without parting with any cash, we've written a Developer's Guide which is free. This way, you can get some help getting started with Liferay development, and if you find that you want to go deeper, you can then go get the book. Why have we done it this way? Because it gives you the best of both worlds: we love the zero barriers to entry that open source provides, and we want to make it as easy as possible for developers to learn how to build on our platform. We're also very excited to be working with a publisher like Manning who has a reach in the industry that we don't have.

You'll find all of this stuff on the new Docs & Resources page. Above all, this is a response to you, our community, without whom we could not have gotten this far. I hope that it helps you to better find the information you're looking for. We're working hard to get more materials out there all the time. Please keep giving us feedback on how we're doing, because we want to get it right.

Threaded Replies Author Date
That's awesome news Richard! Jerry Niu September 17, 2010 9:18 PM
The site isn't updated yet? Timmy M. September 20, 2010 5:44 AM
Hi T FoX, Sorry for that, Rich scheduled his... Jorge Ferrer September 20, 2010 8:46 AM
It's live now. Richard Sezov September 20, 2010 11:17 AM
This is amazing, Rich. This is something the... Juan Fernández September 21, 2010 12:12 AM
That's very good news! Loïc Dumont September 20, 2010 11:31 PM
That's awesome. Thank you, Richard! Jonas Yuan September 21, 2010 8:00 AM
Great job, Rich and team! James Min September 21, 2010 10:53 AM
Well done guys! Boubker TAGNAOUTI September 21, 2010 12:40 PM
A really important step for Liferay 6... Great... Denis Signoretto September 22, 2010 12:12 AM

That's awesome news Richard!
Posted on 9/17/10 9:18 PM.
The site isn't updated yet?
Posted on 9/20/10 5:44 AM.
Hi T FoX,

Sorry for that, Rich scheduled his post to be published, but we've had to delay the publication a little bit. It will hopefully be done today or tomorrow.

The good side is that we've now created expectation emoticon
Posted on 9/20/10 8:46 AM in reply to T FoX.
It's live now.
Posted on 9/20/10 11:17 AM in reply to T FoX.
That's very good news!
Posted on 9/20/10 11:31 PM.
This is amazing, Rich.
This is something the community has been waiting for a long time, and I know this will make the entrance barrier even lower for people to start working with Liferay.
Looking forward for listening the feedback from the community
Great job! emoticon
Posted on 9/21/10 12:12 AM in reply to Richard Sezov.
That's awesome. Thank you, Richard!
Posted on 9/21/10 8:00 AM.
Great job, Rich and team!
Posted on 9/21/10 10:53 AM.
Well done guys!
Posted on 9/21/10 12:40 PM.
A really important step for Liferay 6... Great job!!
Posted on 9/22/10 12:12 AM.