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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