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  • Thank you all. \nHonored to be a part of this. \nThank you to the presenters who gave talks yesterday. \nEach in some way validates the content of this discussion.\n* Johnathan Woodrush on how Custom Post Types open up WP to whole new applications.\n* Tom Jenkins on parent and child themes- it's possible to develop a standardized core that maps WordPress’es capabilities to the basic problem domain of town websites. Child themes then make it a breeze to set up a town with a powerful, feature rich CMS solution while still being as unique as the place itself.\n* Eric Biven showed us how plugins can be developed to add powerful, secure feature sets to an already powerful base. These are just a few - each presentation given yesterday bore some relevance to the discussion we're about to have.\n\n \n \n\n \n
  • My name is Jase Wilson, I have a company here in town called Luminopolis. My two biggest passions are great cities and WordPress.\nundergrad in upd from UMKC, masters in city design & development from MIT\n* WordPress has long been the favorite CMS tool for sites made by Luminopolis. \nAs a student of cities for nearly a decade, my passion has been finding ways to use technology to improve place. \nWordPress always seemed like it might one day fit in to the local government technology picture, but even up to last year I had doubts. \nAfter the release of WP 3, the rise of the WP community, and the whirlwind of fascinating talks given at this WordCamp yesterday, there is no longer a question. \nIt is a certainty.\n\n \n
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  • Lots of different definitions of gov. For this presentation, we mean...\n\n \n \nWhy are these sites so important?\n* properly built they’re info hubs for a place’s citizens as well as attractive portal for prospective residents\n* they serve various administrative functions - pay taxes online, file certain forms without paper, etc.\n* at their best, their a citizen engagement platform\n* central portal that guides citizens to other web services / project sites used by the city\n
  • Let’s look at some examples...\nmy hometown\n
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  • Jodie Barr - order storm looks like they’re about to release a plugin that will open up a whole new frontier for WP - enterprise grade e-commerce and CRM in a cloud-hosted PCI compliant solution.\n
  • Even high tech places sometimes have outdated sites\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • This next group is from a nearby shop CivicPlus, they are the 800 pound gorilla in local gov sites. They’ve built a fantastic proprietary CMS that’s great for communities with plenty to spend.\n
  • Most local govs need some type of system to manage their sites\n
  • Most local govs need some type of system to manage their sites\n
  • Most local govs need some type of system to manage their sites\n
  • Most local govs need some type of system to manage their sites\n
  • Most local govs need some type of system to manage their sites\n
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  • Question of today’s presentation: Should WP be considered?\n
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  • For today’s discussion we’ll look at these two open CMSes\n
  • * Drupal is the de facto open gov cms\n* Awe inspiring project and great concept for us to learn from: Drupal distribution for governments\n* By Phase2 Technology\n* Released earlier this year\n* Custom theming\n* Section 508 Compliance\n* Tailored dashboard\n
  • I’m not entirely convinced that Drupal is always the right choice for government sites, especially when you get down to communities of 50,000 or less.\n
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  • How does WP compare to Drupa in statistics\n
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  • Is WordPress still a kitten? By the number it seems like a pretty big cat. \n
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  • We’ve come a long way... There’s a lot of potential stored in this gorgeous interface.\n
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  • Envato network - global marketplace of digital goods and education network with millions of users.\n
  • Thanks Otto for sharing this - ottodestruct.com\n
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  • Theme framework with parent/child, custom post types tailored to small gov info\nReleasing the parent and at least one sample child theme free and open source\nBusiness model will be from customization, premium themes, cloud hosting, support, and premium extensions. Communities who use it can DIY, hire us, or hire any WP ninja in the area.\nCommunity of users, open to feedback, feature requests, eventually a marketplace\nThe project’s goal is that any community would be able to get themselves up and running with a basic, community-oriented WP site in a matter of minutes for no more than the cost of hosting.\n
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Wordpress for government websites slideshare.key Wordpress for government websites slideshare.key Presentation Transcript

  • WordPress forGovernment Websites?!
  • Jase Wilson
  • What’s this about?A. Managing local gov websites B. Time & money
  • Gov. Websites? Towns Counties Small Cities Neighborhoods Special Area / Project Sites
  • So what’s the problem?
  • So what’s the problem?Govs. in need of web services
  • So what’s the problem? Govs. in need of web servicesMore info needs to be managed
  • So what’s the problem? Govs. in need of web servicesMore info needs to be managed Citizens need accessible info
  • So what’s the problem? Govs. in need of web servicesMore info needs to be managed Citizens need accessible info Dwindling budgets
  • So what’s the problem? Govs. in need of web servicesMore info needs to be managed Citizens need accessible info Dwindling budgets
  • What CMS options dosmall governments have for managing their websites?
  • What options to small govs have for their sites? No CMS Hand code all content Can be useful for very small, simple sites Impractical @ 10+ pages
  • What options to small govs have for their sites? One-off CMS “roll your own” Custom CRUD (& possibly GUI) Made in-house or by contractor Useful in very unique situations Unwise for most: abundant simpler options
  • What options to small govs have for their sites?Language Framework CMS Similar to one-offBegins with a broadly distributed skeleton system (Rails, Django, CakePHP, etc. etc.)Good choice for enormous entities / complex sitesImpractical for all but largest gov. organizations
  • What options to small govs have for their sites?Proprietary / Vendor CMS Already built, ready to tailor (Ektron, CivicPlus, etc.) Purchased or SaaS Can be extremely costly Sometimes slow innovation pace High risk of vendor lock-in
  • What options to small govs have for their sites? Open Source CMS Already built, ready to tailor (Drupal, WordPress, etc.) Core is usually free Extensible (large communities of contributors)Increasingly wise choice for small & mid gov. orgsOf the people, by the people, for the people
  • Open Source CMS choices for government Drupal de facto OS CMS for federal government (whitehouse.gov, SBA, many others) extremely competentpowerful when used correctly
  • Open Source CMS choices for governmentWordPress?Started as blogging system As of 3.1 (Feb 23, 2011): CMS
  • Open Source CMS choices for governmentThere are other options... Joomla Textpattern Cushy Silverstripe Frog etc., etc...
  • Open Source CMS choices for government vs.
  • There’s been some talk lately... http://groups.drupal.org/node/136294
  • There’s been some talk lately... http://groups.drupal.org/node/136294
  • There’s been some talk lately... http://groups.drupal.org/node/136294
  • There’s been a lot of talk lately... http://groups.drupal.org/node/136294
  • There’s been a lot of talk lately... http://groups.drupal.org/node/136294
  • By the numbers: market share - 07 April 2011
  • By the numbers: market share - 11 June 2011
  • By the numbers: registered hooks* *hook = function endpoint for integrating extensions Drupal 7: 267 http://bit.ly/dIPaBFg WordPress 3.1: 1469 http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooksWordPress exposed hooks from v 1.2.1 to v 3.1: Graph Source: http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooks
  • By the numbers: installations (excludes WP.com)Graph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0
  • By the numbers: registered extensionsGraph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0
  • By the numbers: registered themesGraph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0
  • By the numbers: community size # of people in the communityGraph Source: Jen Lampton, “Why WordPress is Better Than Drupal, Developers Take Note” (July, 2010) http://slidesha.re/917HF0
  • Still a kitten?
  • It’s true:More != Better
  • It’s true: More != BetterBut there are some advantages to scale:
  • It’s true: More != BetterBut there are some advantages to scale: More members = more knowledge & support
  • It’s true: More != BetterBut there are some advantages to scale: More members = more knowledge & support More users = easier to hire maintainer
  • It’s true: More != BetterBut there are some advantages to scale: More members = more knowledge & support More users = easier to hire maintainerMore hooks = greater flexibility (in the long run)
  • It’s true: More != BetterBut there are some advantages to scale: More members = more knowledge & support More users = easier to hire maintainerMore hooks = greater flexibility (in the long run) More eyes = tighter security (in the long run)
  • From humble beginnings...Post Editor - WP 0.7.1 (2003)
  • WordPress continues to evolve... Dashboard - WP 3.2 (2011)
  • Does WP scale?
  • Is WP powerful?
  • Is WP flexible?http://broadbandmap.org http://d.pr/NZec
  • “The structure of the WordPress APIallows us to develop much faster than any other CMS we’ve tried.” —Ivan Djordjevic, National Broadband Map Is WP flexible? http://broadbandmap.org http://d.pr/NZec
  • "They chose WordPress to power thiscolossal project for several reasons: they wanted a platform that could support +25 million data records without sacrificing performance and scalability..." - Paul Maiorana, WordPress Publisher Blog Is WP flexible? http://broadbandmap.org http://d.pr/NZec
  • If WordPress can power these incredible projects, it can and should be adapted to the needs of local governments.
  • We can do this.
  • coming soonwant to be notified? http://d.pr/9dxC
  • So, Why WP?1. Simpler setup & maintenance = less $2. Big community = more managers in labor pool3. Less moving parts = less things that can go wrong4. Intuitive workflow = increased productivity5. Tons of hooks = integration with other services
  • So, Why WP?6. It was built for communities!!! - powerful threaded commenting engine in core - multiuser, multisite out of the box - user levels, from superadmin to subscriber - forks & plugins for forums (bbPress, buddyPress, p2, etc.)
  • So, Why WP?6. It was built for communities!!! - powerful threaded commenting engine in core - multiuser, multisite out of the box - user levels, from superadmin to subscriber - forks & plugins for forums (bbPress, buddyPress, p2, etc.)
  • Thank You ?&!jase@luminopolis.com @luminopolis jasewilson