Newscoop 3 Cookbook

Installing template packs

If you want to see a final result of the process of chopping up a design, the easiest way is to download one of the template packs for Newscoop from Sourcefabric. Each template pack contains a complete sample publication with all the templates that publication requires. You can then change the sample publication to meet your needs. On the Sourcefabric website you can find packs providing all elements of a publication: database structure, sample content and the actual templates:

These template packs are provided in the form of Newscoop backup files.

Warning: if you already have one or more publications on your Newscoop server, uploading a template pack will erase your entire database and files from all your publications, and replace them with sample content! Do not attempt this procedure on a production Newscoop server unless you have backed it up first!

Using the Backup/Restore feature of Newscoop, you can install a template pack after downloading it from the Sourcefabric website to your local computer's desktop. Then log in to the Newscoop administration interface, and select Backup/Restore from the Actions menu.

On the Backup/Restore page, click the Upload backup file link, and click the Browse button to select the template pack from your local computer. Then click the Save button to upload the file. After upload, click the Restore icon for the template pack, on the right side of the list of the available backup files. This orange and white icon looks like a life preserver, of the kind you might find on a boat.

The restore process starts with an empty pop-up window, connecting to the server. Do not close this window, otherwise the restore process will be interrupted. The process takes some time (it can be minutes, depending on the size of the publication and speed of the server). It will finish with an alert window where you have to click "Resend".

After the restore process has finished, there is only one user in the system, the Administrator, with the login and password: admin

To finish the process, log in using admin as login and password. Then go to Content > Publications and select "Configure" in the new publication. Now you have to add the URL of your publication as a site alias. The template pack should now be visible at the URL of your publication.