Umw WordPress Primer

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This presentation walks through some of the interesting features available to content managers and administrators on the UMW website.

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Umw WordPress Primer

  1. 1. WORDPRESS AND THE UMW WEBSITEWhat will we cover?• Background on WordPress• Site Types• Content Types• Managing Your Website• Tips and Tricks
  2. 2. WHAT IS WORDPRESS• Began in 2003 as a blogging platform• Began to be used heavily as a CMS in 2010 (version 3.0)• WordPress 3.5 has been downloaded more than 11 million times• WordPress is used on over 16% of all websites throughout the Web• WordPress is used on over 50% of websites that use a CMS
  3. 3. WHO USES WORDPRESS?• Many small business and hobby sites• CNN, the New York Times and many other major news outlets• GM, UPS and Sony• TechCrunch, Mashable, TheNextWeb and most major tech blogs
  4. 4. WHO USES WORDPRESS IN HIGHER ED?• UMW was 1 of the first to use WordPress as a blogging platform, and 1 of the first to use WordPress as its website CMS• Other institutions currently using WordPress as a CMS include: • University of Florida (http://ufl.edu/) • Boise State University (http://www.boisestate.edu/) • Southern Arkansas University (http://web.saumag.edu/) • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (http://ualr.edu/) • Lafayette College (http://www.lafayette.edu/) – the first known to go full- WordPress • University of Central Arkansas (http://uca.edu/) • Maryville University (http://www.maryville.edu/) • …and many, many more (http://wordpress.org/showcase/tag/education/)
  5. 5. DIFFERENT TYPES OF SITESTwelve different categories of sites• UMW Home – Used specifically for the root site• Level 2 – Used for general top-level sites• Admissions (Undergraduate, Graduate and BLS are 3 different types)• Administrative Division• Administrative Department• College Home Page – used for the CAS, COB and COE root sites• Academic Department• UMW Topic or Program – general sites not related to any specific dept or division• College-level Topic or Program – general sites related to a specific college• UMW Magazine – specifically for the alumni magazine
  6. 6. HOW DO THEY DIFFER?• Slightly different layout for each• Different header options• Different palette options• Different menu layouts• Different widgets and widget areas
  7. 7. MAIN CONTENT TYPESTwo main content types:• Posts – used for blogging, news, etc. • Time-sensitive • Once posted, they don’t need to remain at the forefront• Pages – used for static content • More permanent • Remains in the same location • Can be organized hierarchically
  8. 8. TANGENTIAL CONTENT TYPESMany items that aren’t necessarily considered “content” are actually special “content types”• Media (images, documents, etc.) – Can set a caption (excerpt), description (content), title, etc.• Menu Items – Can also set a description (not used in the UMW theme)• Revisions – Tied to specific posts and pages; previous versions of the parent item
  9. 9. CUSTOM CONTENT TYPESWe use a few different custom content types at UMW, as well• Forms and Entries - all forms and their entries are “content”• Advisories – important announcements to be broadcast across individual site• Opportunities – on some sites, job/internship opportunities are set up• Documents – on the Documents site, all documents are pieces of content• …and many more throughout
  10. 10. LOGGING IN• Everyone at UMW can login to the website• Click Login in the footer• Enter your email username and password• Much of what you can do depends on your “role” on your website • There are 5 basic roles on the UMW website 1. Subscriber – Can view areas of the site that are restricted to logged-in users 2. Contributor – Can write new blog/news posts, but can’t publish or edit 3. Author – Can write new blog/news posts and publish them; can edit own posts 4. Editor – Can write new blog/news posts and pages; can publish posts and pages; can edit all posts and pages within individual site 5. UMW Site Administrator – Can perform all Editor tasks; can manage/change settings; can manage users on the site
  11. 11. WHAT IS A “WEBSITE” AT UMW?• “Website” is used in 2 different ways: • overall University website; everything with “umw.edu” in its address • individual areas of the website; managed by different sets of users• Installation –entire group of websites that make up “umw.edu” – • where plugins & themes are installed for use by entire community • where users are “housed” to be added to any site in community• Network – area of the installation that contains group of individual sites• Site – a single area within a network • where users are granted roles to be able to perform actions within the site
  12. 12. MANAGING CONTENTEditors and Administrators can manage website content• Create new pages• Reorganize pages• Manage menus*• Manage widgets and layout*• Create and manage forms• Manage “assets” (images, documents, etc.)*** - Only Administrators can manage custom menus and widgets** - Documents used by the entire University are managed separately from site-specificassets
  13. 13. CREATING PAGES
  14. 14. ORGANIZING PAGES
  15. 15. MANAGING MENUS
  16. 16. MANAGE WIDGETS & LAYOUT
  17. 17. CREATE AND MANAGE FORMS
  18. 18. MANAGE ASSETS
  19. 19. MANAGE THEME LAYOUT & SETTINGS
  20. 20. MANAGE PLUGINS & FEATURES
  21. 21. WORDPRESS 101View many tutorials and announcements on the WordPress 101 websitehttp://technology.umw.edu/wordpress101/

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