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