Plugins enable your system administrator to add functionality to your Campsite installation without having to write a large amount of code. They can also enable you to make better use of the content and templates already in your Campsite publication. Currently, there are three plugins installed by default with Campsite:
- Polls: A mechanism for site visitors to vote on a question; the question can be set dynamically and can be multilingual
- Interviews: Enables on-line interviews for your Campsite publication; users have to refresh the page regularly to get the latest questions and answers
- Blogs: Enables users to create and post to their own blogs, including comments
Installing new plugins
Plugins can be found on the Campsite SourceForge page. Once they are downloaded to a local hard disk, they can be uploaded to your Campsite instance. Log in to your admin interface and go to Plugins -> Manage Plugins. From there you can select the plugin to be uploaded. Plugins must be uploaded to the Campsite instance as a .tar archive.
Selecting 'Manage Plugins' pulldown menu also provides you with a list of installed plugins; there is a check box to disable the plugin and a red X to delete the plugin from your system. Once a plugin is correctly installed, you will be able to administer it separately from the Plugins pulldown menu.
Plugins require changes to your site's templates, but each plugin also includes sample templates to either copy and paste or to use as a guide to your own templating.