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Using Zope With Apache
A step-by-step guide to the process of serving up your Zope content through Apache.

| The Art Of Compromise |

So you've read the advertising, heard all your friends talking about it, and finally decided to download your own copy of Zope. You've installed it, played with it, maybe even written a few DTML pages or created some small Zope applications. And you're sold. You're ready to install it on your Web site, trash your old HTML and PHP scripts, and convert everything into Zope objects.

Whoa there, big fella. Hold on just a second.

While Zope is a remarkably full-featured solution, it's not always the best one for a live Web site or Web application. If you're developing a complex Web application with sophisticated business logic and lots of interconnected routines, Zope is a great sandbox to play in. If, on the other hand, you're merely putting up Grandma's chocolate chip cookies on the Web, you're going to find Zope way too complex for your relatively-simpler needs.

Luckily for you, there is a compromise. You can hook Zope up to Apache so that you get the best of both worlds, combining Apache's legendary stability and flexibility with Zope's everything-is-an-object paradigm to create an efficient, scalable and robust foundation for your Web site.

And that's where this article comes in. Over the next few pages, I will be discussing the myriad ways in which Apache can be connected to Zope, together with my experiences on how easy or difficult each technique is. I will assume here that you're working on a Linux box, and have a working Zope 2.5 installation with super-user access.

Let's get going!

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