Experimental publishing

Preparing project

Another so-called ‘experimental’ option how to publish project is described in this part. Firstly, click on Publish button which is situated next to the Upload button in the user’s project page. It allows publishing a project directly from QGIS. In order to use this alternative, the QGIS plugin needs to be installed and connected. The required plugin is available to download for 64-bit OS (Windows, Linux, Darwin).

Once the download is complete, open QGIS and find tab Plugins and choose Manage and install plugins. Continue to the Install from zip tab, set path to the downloaded zip file and hit the install button.

When the installation is finished, it is possible to check new acquisition in the list of installed plugins. Also, a new icon appears in QGIS toolbar. In comparison with classic Gisquick icon, it only differs in small digit 2 in the middle. Next step is to prepare the project in QGIS.

Save the project before the next step.

Important

imp When using flat files or file-based databases as data stores it is highly recommended to save all the files (data and QGIS project) in the same directory or its subdirectory. QGIS project must be set up to use relative paths (see Project Properties). An error warning appears otherwise (see figure below).

When using any kind of authentication (databases, web services) it must be ensured that the server used for publishing will have access rights to such data sources.

Uploading project

Once the project is ready, click on experimental Gisquick plugin logo. For the very first time, Gisquick asks the user to fill in the connection and Gisquick login details.

After succesful check-in to the Gisquick server, the project is screened in user’s experimental publish window. Notice, that the Gisquick 2 icon stays active in QGIS until the user clicks on it again and interrupts the connection with the server.

The first section called CHECK-IN consists of two tabs and represents an overview which is designed to easily check on loaded layers. It is not possible to make any changes within these tabs. Eventual corrections could be made back in QGIS.

First tab General includes some fundamental information about user’s project, e.g. map projection, units, predefined scales or print templates. Second tab Layers contains a list of layers with additional information.

When the project is checked and ready, proceed to the Upload section. Two windows will split the screen: local project files are listed in the left, intended server folder appears in the right one. Click on UPLOAD FILES button.