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ITYOU ESI - A Social Intranet Solution based on Plone

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ITYOU ESI is a Social Intranet solution based on the content management software Plone. It adds to Plone a set of web 2.0 technics and a fresh new frontend.

If you want to see some screenshots, please visit

ITYOU ESI 1.3 runs with a recent Plone 4.3.X version.

Please read the installation instructions very carefully. ITYOU ESI is not just a ‘plugin’! Do not install ITYOU ESI in a production environment!



Important: This product needs further software. Before you install ESI, you have to install the following packages:

  1. Plone 4.3 Content management software (
  2. PostgreSQL database server ( and
  3. Redis key value store (

Furthermore, if you’d like to generate thumnails form websites, you should install cutycapt (

In addition you may install some optinal software package to generate thumbnails from documents (i.e. ImageMagick, unoconv).

We will explain the installation on Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Server. The installation on other Linux distributions is simular. Installation on Mac OS or Windows may differ, please refer to the corresponding support.

1) Install PostgreSQL:

sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-server-dev-all

2) Install Redis:

sudo apt-get install redis-server

3) Install Plone 4.3

There are several ways to install Plone. The easyest way is to download Plone form, untar it and install it with:

sudo ./ --target=<where to put your instance> standalone

This will install a standalone Plone instance. For futher information on how to install Plone, see

Installing ITYOU ESI

ESI is an Plone add on. You may install it with buildout. First, you have to configure your buildout.cfg (in this example situated in /src/zope/esi/zinstance/):

  • Add ityou.ESI to the list of eggs to install, e.g.

    eggs =
  • Re-run buildout, e.g. with:

    $ ./bin/buildout

Configuration of postgresql

You need to create a postgres user and to grand the nessesary rights:

sudo -u postgres psql

create database ityou_esi;

create user <YOUR DATABASE USER> with password '<DATABASE USERS PASSWORD>';

grant all on database ityou_esi to ityou_esi_user;

Start postgresql if not yet running:

sudo service postgresql start

Then you have to add in buildout.cfg in the section ‘zope-conf-additional’ the following lines so that Plone finds your postgres database:

zope-conf-additional =


  <product-config ityou_esi>
      # -- postgresql parameters
      psql_db         ityou_esi
      psql_username   <DATABASE USER>
      psql_password   <DATABASE USERS PASSWORD>
      psql_host       localhost
      psql_port       5432


Re-run buildout and restart Plone

Adding the zope clock server

If you want the users to receive emails when a object is added/updated, you need to install the zope clock server.

Add the following lines in buildout.cfg in the section ‘’zope-conf-additional

zope-conf-additional =

        host <YOUR HOST>
        method /esi/@@send-notification
        period 60
        user admin

for further information about how to configure the clock server, please visit

Start Redis

The Redis server should be running after installation or you have to start it manually:

sudo service redis-server start

That’s it. Enjoy.



  • First public release

1.3rc2 (unreleased)

  • Bugfixes

1.3rc1 (unreleased)

  • First release candidate

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