Vine Type Content Management with Standards in Mind

13 Oct 2005

Step 1

Vine Type is distributed in a single .zip file. In this .zip file are two folders: the www folder and the vinetype folder.

The www folder is the web root or base folder for your website. This is similar to the wwwroot folder on a standard Windows webserver installation.

The vinetype folder will be installed alongside the root folder. It contains configuration and template files as well as a folder named db that will hold all the text displayed by your website.

How To Unzip Files

Unzipping files can be accomplished via an application such as WinZip or by any Windows XP computer.

After downloading the file to your Windows XP computer, the file appears as a folder with a zipper attached to it.

  1. Locate the vinetype .zip file on your hard drive
  2. Right-click the file's icon and click Extract All...
  3. Follow the Steps in the Extraction Wizard to uncompress/unzip the files to your hard drive
  4. Make a note of the location where you placed the two folders

Move Files

These files need to be moved so that

  1. The www folder contents are placed into the webserver base folder and
  2. The vinetype folder is placed alongside the webserver base folder

On a standard Windows Server installation, the webserver base folder is c:\inetpub\wwwroot. If your web server has a non-standard setup then you'll need to adjust your paths accordingly.

Note that the www folder does not need to be copied. Only the contents of the www folder needs to be copied to the wwwroot folder.

Although Vine Type works with any name for a base directory, it requires that the vinetype folder be placed alongside the root folder and it must be named vinetype.

Up And Running (Almost)

With the files in place, you will be able to see the default Vine Type home page when pointing your internet browser to your home URL. At this point, you can view your new website but not update it. We'll add update ability in Step 2.

Advanced Topics

  1. If you have expertise in IIS administration, you can unzip the two folders anywhere on your hard drive and adjust the location of your IIS root directory to the www folder.
  2. Vine Type can be placed in a virtual directory
    • make www the virtual directory root
    • the vinetype directory must still be placed alongside (at the same level as) the virtual directory root


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