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    • 1. WordPress Crash Course:What is it and how can your libraryuse it?June 14, 2012Polly-Alida FarringtonAmanda Goodman flickr.com/photos/ericmmartin/2986187518
    • 2. Big thanks to:• Kyle Jones• Amanda Goodman• Dan Freeman alatechsource.org/
    • 3. Today’s topics• What is WordPress• What’s a Content Management System• Sites that use WordPress• Why WordPress is a great choice for libraries• Flavors of WordPress   • Nuts and Bolts of WordPress• Menus and navigation options• Security and site administration• Getting help: the WordPress community
    • 4. “…having a web presence, no–that having a really good andreally useful web presence–is[no longer] optional. Joyce Valenza, “Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting)”, August 24th, 2010
    • 5. Photo CC by Caveman http://flic.kr/p/66Q4Xo
    • 6. WordCamp 2006!
    • 7. What is WordPress?http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg
    • 8. Open Source is Unlocked www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147/
    • 9. Open Source is Community www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/170691672
    • 10. Content Management System http://www.flickr.com/photos/atibens/4578260998/
    • 11. Header Feature Slider Sidebar News Post
    • 12. HeaderNews Post Sidebar
    • 13. Who uses WordPress?
    • 14. http://en.wordpress.com/stats/ (as of 2012 May 27)
    • 15. http://trends.builtwith.com/cms (as of 2012 May 27)
    • 16. http://www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/
    • 17. http://www.qcrg.net/
    • 18. Why WordPress?
    • 19. Web Based Admin
    • 20. Spread the work around
    • 21. Easy to add contributors
    • 22. Simpler admin for contributors
    • 23. Easy to add external content
    • 24. Invite & control commenting
    • 25. Users access content their way
    • 26. Mobile-friendlyhttp://hacklibschool.wordpress.com http://android.wordpress.org/
    • 27. Creativity & Flexibility www.flickr.com/photos/nattu/895220635/
    • 28. Before WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/24842486@N07/4375175725/
    • 29. After WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/glaciertim/4380929192/
    • 30. Flavors of WordPress
    • 31. Hosted for Free
    • 32. WordPress.com -- Hosted
    • 33. Premium Themes
    • 34. Self-Hosted
    • 35. Self-Hosted In House• Cost of server• Maintenance• IT support• Unlimited possibilities
    • 36. Self-Hosted Commercial Service• Around $10-20/month• Easy install• Tech supportFor more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/
    • 37. Technical Requirements• Current WordPress Version 3.3.2• Linux & Apache (preferred)• MySQL version 5.0 or greater• PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
    • 38. MultiSite Install
    • 39. BuddyPress.orgInterview with Michael Stephens & Kenley Neufeld about BuddyPress in the classroom:
    • 40. Let’s Build a Site
    • 41. Basic Types of ContentPosts News articles, timely, up-to-date, frequently changing.Pages Static pages, timeless info, about, contact, policies, services, etc.Comments Notes from your readers
    • 42. 3 Party Content rd
    • 43. More about: Plugins
    • 44. Add functionality & features
    • 45. WordPress.com Stats Requires API code from WordPress.comhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/
    • 46. AkismetRequires API code from WordPress.comhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
    • 47. OpenBook Book Data johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
    • 48. WP Contact Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
    • 49. Events & Calendarshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/ http://eventespresso.com/
    • 50. More about: Themes
    • 51. Themeshttp://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
    • 52. Modify a theme
    • 53. Change color & size
    • 54. Inspect Element
    • 55. Child Themeshttp://wpcharity.com/
    • 56. More about: Security & Site Administration
    • 57. Don’t leave the door unlocked Run the latest version
    • 58. Keep it Safe www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755
    • 59. Back it up!Backup your database: Via web host control panel Or wp-db-backup plugin (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/)FTP to server & make a copy of this directory: /wp-content
    • 60. WordPress in Libraries Examples (http://lib20.pbworks.com/classes-wordpress-websites)
    • 61. http://friendsofspl.wordpress.
    • 62. http://cheshirelibrary.org/
    • 63. http://library-online.org.uk/
    • 64. http://library.sbcc.edu/
    • 65. http://libraries.umw.edu/
    • 66. http://library.arlingtonva.us/
    • 67. http://library.castilleja.org/
    • 68. http://tscpl.org/
    • 69. More about: Getting Started
    • 70. Start Playing!• WordPress.com Great place to play, test and maybe host your live site• InstantWP.com Download to your PC and run self-hosted WordPress server locally• WebEnabled.com 30-day free trial of hosting• Bitnami.org Download to your PC or Mac and run self-hosted WordPress server locally
    • 71. Getting Help• WordPress Codex http://codex.wordpress.org/• WordPress Forums http://wordpress.org/support/• WordPress FAQ’s http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ• New to WordPress? http:// codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_New_To_WordPress
    • 72. Selected WP Books• Digging into WordPress by Jeff Starr & Chris Coyier (digwp.com)• Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary• Smashing WordPress by Thord Hedengren
    • 73. Thank you! More information & resources athttp://lib20.pbworks.com/classes-wordpress-websites Amanda Goodnman amanda@godaisies.com http://www.godaisies.com Polly-Alida Farrington polly@pafa.net http://www.pafa.net

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