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How to track LIMS portal usage with Google Analytics
To learn which on-line marketing initiatives are cost effective and see how visitors actually interact with your site, we recommend tracking site usage with the help of Google Analytics. You may exclude internal traffic
How to get system issues attended to fast
You have an issue with the system and the help desk cannot fix it and is asking for more information. The delays are costing you time and everybody is frustrated. How to get the issue resolved soonest:
How to check your connection to the LIMS
I cannot get through to the system and web site at all and the help desk tells me there is nothing wrong on the server and other users are happily using the system. I suspect my internet connection or service provider. How do I check where the problem is?
How to restart a Linux server requiring a file system check
If the Linux LIMS server went down without a proper shut down, it might on the rare occasion encounter dis-associated files on the next start-up and will need a file system check to continue
How to configure your e-mail client for Hetzner
Bika often includes Hetzner.co.za's email hosting as part of our installations and users have to configure their mail programs to make use of them. This documentation from Hetzner's help pages tells you how, including how to use web mail

Bika Interlab

How to check your connection to the LIMS
I cannot get through to the system and web site at all and the help desk tells me there is nothing wrong on the server and other users are happily using the system. I suspect my internet connection or service provider. How do I check where the problem is?
How does Bika Interlab work?
Step by step proficiency testing management with Bika Interlab

Bika LIMS

How to check your connection to the LIMS
I cannot get through to the system and web site at all and the help desk tells me there is nothing wrong on the server and other users are happily using the system. I suspect my internet connection or service provider. How do I check where the problem is?
How to translate Gaob Bika 3
Translate Bika 3 via the easy-to-use web interface at Transifex.net
How to set the field separator for .csv files in Windows
Instrument results imports to Bika's LIMS via .csv comma separator files will fail if the incorrect field separator is used. This howto describe how to set this on Windows XP

Plone 2

How to create read-only access to certain objects for certain users only
Now, just like you we were thinking that hiding objects from the world and making them accessible for only certain users should be dead easy in Plone. It is not straightforward, but once you realise how it's being done it turns out to be really easy.
How to Add and Manage a Newsletter
This tutorial describes how to request a newsletter for your group, add subscribers to the newsletter, manage subscriber status, add and edit newsletters, send a newsletter, batch import subscribers, and use web-page editors like Adobe Dreamweaver to format your newsletters
How to edit with Plone - a Screen cast
A link to an excellent screen cast by Sean Kelly, about how to edit images and pages using Kupu
How do I install Plone Help Centre?
Step-by-step instructions to implement a Plone Help Centre in your Plone or Bika instance
How to upload contacts in PloneGazette
How to upload mass contacts, through a CSV file, into your Plone newsletter product, PloneGazette.
Simple portlet munging
Very quick and simple portlet management in Plone 2.5.
How to add a front page to a folder
By default, Plone lists all folder items when its address is visited. It is very easy to create a customised front page for a folder. All folder items remain listed in the navigation column
How to clean up Bika's navigation tree
To keep the navigation tree clear, it is handy to know how to remove meaningless items put there by Plone, say an Images folder that is only used as a container for images used throughout the rest of the LIMS portal. This How-to applies to Plone 2+

Install

How to modify the logos in Bika
Change the display, e-mail, print and accreditation logos

Plone 3

How to manage Tabs
Want to remove redundant tabs from the menu bar?
 

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