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WordPress in Libraries


presented with Polly Farrington at Internet @ Schools West October 25, 2010, Monterey, CA. http://www.pafa.net/ and www.theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com

presented with Polly Farrington at Internet @ Schools West October 25, 2010, Monterey, CA. http://www.pafa.net/ and www.theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com

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  • Open Source, Content MGMT System, Free Makes it easy to maintain a website or blog
  • Helps you organize all the information about your library and manage it easily Tool for creating & managing a website Web-based interface Contributors can focus on CONTENT! Update “look & feel” easily Flexible
  • Source code is open and available to modify You make changes, you share them Modify it & develop tools to enhance it! Other familiar open source software: Firefox Open Office
  • Community working together to create better software and help each other out.
  • Why WordPress? Lots of ways to create web sites – html, Dreamweaver, frontpage, express web, etc. WordPress is really just another option BUT with big advantages…
  • Lots and lots of users! Huge community. About 14 million at .com And 14 million independent installs
  • Very easy to do - Web based interface for writing and publishing your content. Not HTML experience needed – though it can’t hurt! Can do it from anywhere you have access to the web. No software to install on your computer.
  • Because it’s easy to do, your site will be more up to date and have more interesting content More visitors to the site Hopefully your web site will go from static and deserted to ….
  • Creates a friendly, attractive website that is easy for students, staff, parents to use.
  • We’ll quickly cover some basic blogging terms and look at some examples of blogs And then look at examples of some libraries are using blogging tools to create a complete website.
  • Anne Robinson – Dixie Grammar School – UK
  • Attractive custom graphics Double navigation bar http://thegrovelibrary.net/
  • http://stillwater.sals.edu/ This was done with wordpress too and looks more like a magazine than a blog.
  • http://tamworthlibrary.org/ Nice website – put together by Lichen Rancourt
  • Free hosted versions at: -- Wordpress.com -- Edublogs.org Limited themes, plugins Charge $15/year for access to CSS $15 a year to redirect your URL to the blog. Still this could be a great way to get started and to work with the ideas. Just don’t let the limits put you off the whole WordPress idea. When you’re ready, you can move to a self-hosted version.
  • Wordpress has a page of suggested hosting companies. http://wordpress.org/hosting/
  • Very easy to do - Web based interface for writing and publishing your content. Can do it from anywhere you have access to the web. No software to install on your computer.
  • With the click of a button, the look changes.
  • From the APPEARANCE panel -- Themes Browse through them. Click on the image to popup a preview and the ACTIVATE button
  • Boxes of content Lists of pages Lists of categories for news items Links to other resource And much more
  • Lots of prebuilt widgets Just drag and drop to the sidebar Click to open and change settings Some plugins will include new widgets – like the newgen gallery manager
  • Use the text widget to add content from other websites to the sidebar. Some familiar 3 rd party content includes: Librarything book feed, meebo chat widget, flickr photobadge and much more.
  • Plugins can add tools to help you administer your blog And add features to the public side of your blog Accessories!
  • Lists the plugins that are available on your install of WP Click on Activate to use them. Install and activate one at a time to test for possible conflicts.
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/ Need to sign up for an account with wordpress.com to activate this and Akismet Both were created by the wordpress folks and make use of resources on the .com server. You don’t need to blog on wordpress.com, you just need the account Getting stats to load can be VERY slow sometimes. For stats – you might also want to try google analytics – more detail.
  • Requires API code from wordpress.com http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/ More on essential Plugins later!
  • http://johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/ Simply add code to your page/post with the ISBN of a book in it. [openbook booknumber="184195828X"] Book cover will appear
  • WP Contact Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/ Just one of many form plugins CformsII – has tons of options, but is a bit more complicated to set up. http://www.deliciousdays.com/cforms-plugin
  • That goes for plugins & themes too
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/
  • Mick Jacobsen – Skokie IL PL Main site is NOT WP
  • Mick Jacobsen of Skokie PL, Illinois is writing a section for the LTR Separate sites for each topic. Each blog has it’s own look and feel Contributors have access to their blogs Found it very easy to add content, images, videos. Top menu bar takes users back to the main library website There a sense of fragmentation at this point. With changes in wordpress, the whole site could now be brought together under WP, instead of having a main stie and a bunch of blogs. Suggests that the blog content in separate WP MU sites could be reintegrated into one site with CATEGORIES to distinguish the content.


  • 1. WordPress in Libraries Internet@Schools West Buffy J. Hamilton Polly-Alida Farrington flickr.com/photos/ericmmartin/2986187518
  • 2. “… having a web presence , no–that having a really good and really useful web presence–is [ no longer ] optional . Joyce Valenza, “ Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting)”, August 24th, 2010
  • 3. “ The new blog format is much more interactive” Prianka Ghoshal, Westlake High student, Austin Texas http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinavega/3353051874/
  • 4. What is WordPress? http:// farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg
  • 5. Content Management System http://www.flickr.com/photos/atibens/4578260998/
  • 6. Open Source is Unlocked www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147 /
  • 7. Open Source is Community www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/170691672
  • 8. flickr.com/photos/cyberslayer/952121271/ Many Ways to Build a Web Site Why WordPress??
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  • 10. Web Based Admin update from anywhere
  • 11. Spread the Work Around
  • 12. Easy to add external content
  • 13. Creativity & Freedom www.flickr.com/photos/nattu/895220635 /
  • 14. Before WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/24842486@N07/4375175725/
  • 15. After WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/glaciertim/4380929192/
  • 16. WordPress in Libraries Examples http:// www.flickr.com/photos/dawvon/3414373319 /
  • 17. http://library-online.org.uk /
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  • 28. How do we get WordPress?
  • 29. WordPress.com EduBlogs.org
    • Free!
    • Easy!
    • But a bit limited
  • 30. Commercial Services
    • Around $10/month
    • Easy install
    • Tech support
    • Unlimited possibilities!
    For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/
  • 31. Self Hosting In House
    • Cost of server
    • Maintenance
    • IT support
    • Unlimited possibilities
  • 32. Technical Requirements
    • Current WordPress Version 3.0.1
    • PHP version 4.3 or greater *
    • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater
    • Linux & Apache
    • * Might find some plugins require more recent version of PHP.
  • 33. WordPress.com
  • 34. Ways to Use a Wordpress Blog for a School Library
    • Announcements and celebrations
    • Showcase collaborative projects with teachers and students
    • Positive publicity for library events and learning experiences in the library
    • Space for inviting participation
  • 35. Ways to Use a Wordpress Blog for a School Library
    • Students and teachers can create blog posts
    • Showcase library created videos or other educational videos from YouTube
    • Integrate book widgets
    • Integrate RSS feeds of interest to students
    • Integrate your other library program social media stream
  • 36. Advantages
    • Free
    • No special technical knowledge required
    • Themes provide a professional appearance with minimal effort
    • Easy to embed many kinds of HMTL code as sidebar widgets and/or into blog posts
    • Excellent spam filter
  • 37. Disadvantages
    • Ads
    • Themes limited in options for customization
    • Can’t add plug-ins
    • Can’t embed javascript widgets
  • 38. Getting Started
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  • 40. Writing a WordPress Post
  • 41. Themes
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  • 43. Sidebar Widgets
  • 44. Widgets on Sidebar
  • 45. Appearance  Widgets
  • 46. Text Widget & 3 rd Party Content
  • 47. Manage Comments
  • 48. Can WordPress do…??? There’s a PLUGIN for that!
  • 49. Plugins add functionality & features
  • 50. Plugins Page
  • 51. WordPress.com Stats
    • Requires API code from wordpress.com
  • 52. Akismet
    • Requires API code from wordpress.com
    • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
  • 53. Simple Viewer Gallery wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
  • 54. OpenBook Book Data johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
  • 55. WP Contact Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
  • 56. Add <!--contact form--> to a page
  • 57. The Events Calendar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
  • 58. Keep it Safe http:// www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755
  • 59. Don’t leave the door unlocked Run the latest version
  • 60. 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 and copy:
      • wp-content/themes
      • wp-content/plugins
      • wp-content/uploads (images, files, etc.)
  • 61. WordPress on the go
  • 62. WordPress App http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplelime/1569139115/
  • 63. MobilePress
    • Detects mobile device
    • Displays mobile version of page
  • 64. MobilePress
  • 65. What else can we do with WP?
  • 66. Set up a network of sites with WordPress MultiSite
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  • 69. Learning Mgmt System
  • 70. BuddyPress buddypress.org
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  • 74. … features – similar to Facebook, Twitter, etc – will probably seem familiar to many. My philosophy of teaching includes instilling in my students a sense of exploration and play. And dealing with change. The Buddypress site is an extension of that. In my email to my classes as school starts, I asked them to configure their blogs, get an RSS aggregator and explore the site. Explore is the keyword.
      • Dr. Michael Stephens on his BuddyPress enabled course sites
  • 75. Selected WP Books (There are tons more great ones!)
    • Digging into WordPress by Jeff Starr & Chris Coyier (digwp.com)
    • Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary
    • Smashing WordPress by Thord Hedengren
  • 76. More Help!
    • WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/
    • WordPress Forums - http://wordpress.org/support/
    • WordPress FAQ’s - http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ
    • New to WordPress? –tips http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_New_To_WordPress
  • 77. Thank you! http://lib20.pbworks.com