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WordPress  for  Government Websites?!
<ul><li>MCP @ MIT </li></ul><ul><li>BA UPD @ UMKC </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Tech @ UMKC </li></ul><ul><li>Geek @ Luminopo...
What’s this about? <ul><li>A. Managing small gov. websites </li></ul><ul><li>B. Time & money </li></ul>
The Problem <ul><li>Govs. need more web services </li></ul><ul><li>Info needs to be managed </li></ul><ul><li>Dwindling Bu...
Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>No CMS* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand code all content </li></ul></ul><ul...
Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>One-off CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AKA “roll your own” </li></ul></ul><...
Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>Language Framework CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to one-off </li><...
Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>Proprietary / Vendor CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already built, ready to...
Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>Open Source CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already built, ready to tailor <...
Drupal <ul><li>de facto OS CMS for  federal government </li></ul><ul><li>(whitehouse.gov, SBA, many others) </li></ul><ul>...
WordPress? <ul><li>Started as blogging engine </li></ul><ul><li>As of latest major release  (Feb 23, 2011),  Full blown CM...
Joomla Textpattern Cushy Silverstripe Frog etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... O...
Open Source CMS choices for government Sometimes, you just need a kitten. vs.
By the numbers: market share
By the numbers: usable hooks* *hook = function endpoint for integrating extensions WordPress exposed hooks from v 1.2.1 to...
By the numbers: installations Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July...
By the numbers: registered extensions Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Not...
By the numbers: registered themes Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (...
By the numbers: community size Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (Jul...
Still a kitten?
More != Better <ul><li>Although there are some advantages to scale: </li></ul><ul><li>More members = more knowledge & supp...
<ul><li>Simpler setup & maintenance = less $ </li></ul><ul><li>Big community = more managers in labor pool </li></ul><ul><...
So, Why WP? <ul><li>It’s made for communities!!! </li></ul><ul><li>- powerful threaded commenting engine in core </li></ul...
When WP? <ul><li>* Local gov. sites for populations < ~50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>* Special neighborhood / community sites <...
Resources <ul><li>Download core, plugins, themes http://wordpress.org </li></ul><ul><li>Extend http://codex.wordpress.org/...
Thanks <ul><li>?  &  ! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@luminopolis </li></ul>
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WordPress for Government Websites

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As of release 3.0, WordPress is ready to serve small government websites. Communities could save thousands of dollars per year opting for WordPress over other choices for their site's content management system.

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  1. 1. WordPress for Government Websites?!
  2. 2. <ul><li>MCP @ MIT </li></ul><ul><li>BA UPD @ UMKC </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Tech @ UMKC </li></ul><ul><li>Geek @ Luminopolis </li></ul>Jase Wilson
  3. 3. What’s this about? <ul><li>A. Managing small gov. websites </li></ul><ul><li>B. Time & money </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Problem <ul><li>Govs. need more web services </li></ul><ul><li>Info needs to be managed </li></ul><ul><li>Dwindling Budgets </li></ul>
  5. 5. Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>No CMS* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand code all content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be useful for very small, simple sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impractical @ 10+ pages </li></ul></ul>*(content management system)
  6. 6. Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>One-off CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AKA “roll your own” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom CRUD (& possibly GUI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Made in-house or by contractor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful in very unique situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unwise for most: abundant simpler options </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>Language Framework CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to one-off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begins with a broadly distributed skeleton system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Rails, Django, CakePHP, etc. etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good choice for enormous entities / complex sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impractical for all but largest gov. organizations </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>Proprietary / Vendor CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already built, ready to tailor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Ektron, CivicPlus, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased or SaaS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be extremely costly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes slow innovation pace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risk of vendor lock-in </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Options for maintaining small gov. websites <ul><li>Open Source CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already built, ready to tailor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Drupal, WordPress, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Core is free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensible (large communities of contributors) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasingly wise choice for small & mid gov. orgs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of the people, by the people, for the people </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Drupal <ul><li>de facto OS CMS for federal government </li></ul><ul><li>(whitehouse.gov, SBA, many others) </li></ul><ul><li>extremely competent </li></ul><ul><li>powerful when used correctly </li></ul>Open Source CMS choices for government
  11. 11. WordPress? <ul><li>Started as blogging engine </li></ul><ul><li>As of latest major release (Feb 23, 2011), Full blown CMS </li></ul>Open Source CMS choices for government
  12. 12. Joomla Textpattern Cushy Silverstripe Frog etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... etc., etc... Open Source CMS choices for government
  13. 13. Open Source CMS choices for government Sometimes, you just need a kitten. vs.
  14. 14. By the numbers: market share
  15. 15. By the numbers: usable hooks* *hook = function endpoint for integrating extensions WordPress exposed hooks from v 1.2.1 to v 3.1 Drupal 7: 267 WordPress 3.1: 1469 http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooks http://bit.ly/dIPaBFg Graph Source: http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooks
  16. 16. By the numbers: installations Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0 (excludes WP.com)
  17. 17. By the numbers: registered extensions Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0
  18. 18. By the numbers: registered themes Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0
  19. 19. By the numbers: community size Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0 # of people in the community
  20. 20. Still a kitten?
  21. 21. More != Better <ul><li>Although there are some advantages to scale: </li></ul><ul><li>More members = more knowledge & support </li></ul><ul><li>More users = easier to hire maintainer </li></ul><ul><li>More hooks = greater flexibility (in the long run) </li></ul>It’s true:
  22. 22. <ul><li>Simpler setup & maintenance = less $ </li></ul><ul><li>Big community = more managers in labor pool </li></ul><ul><li>Less moving parts = less things that can go wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive workflow = increased productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Platform agnostic = runs anywhere (even IIS!) </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of hooks = integration with other services </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps most significant of all... </li></ul>So, Why WP?
  23. 23. So, Why WP? <ul><li>It’s made for communities!!! </li></ul><ul><li>- powerful threaded commenting engine in core </li></ul><ul><li>- multiuser, multisite out of the box </li></ul><ul><li>- user levels, from superadmin to subscriber </li></ul><ul><li>- dozens of forks & plugins for forums (bbPress, buddyPress, p2, etc.) </li></ul>
  24. 24. When WP? <ul><li>* Local gov. sites for populations < ~50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>* Special neighborhood / community sites </li></ul><ul><li>* Planning sites! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Resources <ul><li>Download core, plugins, themes http://wordpress.org </li></ul><ul><li>Extend http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API </li></ul><ul><li>Hooks database (by Adam Brown) http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooks </li></ul><ul><li>Help from advanced users http://wordpress.stackexchange.com </li></ul>
  26. 26. Thanks <ul><li>? & ! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@luminopolis </li></ul>
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