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  • Most people use WordPress to provide them or their organisation with a web presence. This session takes a look at some examples of how people use WordPress within their organisations, where the intended audience is internal people.Estimated timings:Intro: 5 minsTheme 1: use case examples – 20 minsTheme 2: challenges – 15 minsTheme 3: where next? – 10 mins
  • We’re going to run this session as a structured panel discussion rather than a traditional presentation. QUESTION: please introduce yourselves and a sentence or two on your use of WordPress within an enterprise. TODO:Add pictures from TwitterConfirm Shaun [Shaun can’t be here, unfortunately]
  • Really early
  • Each panelist to outline one or more examples of WordPress used within organisations:John – New Technology Forum/Share2Innovate in DFID
  • JOHN: Couple of use cases from DFID1) DFID use WP internally for discussion forums, where we need to What’s unique about this? We wrote our own commentsAuthenticationplugin to identify non-WP users from our corporate Identity service.
  • 2) Tradewire site – internal aggregation of contentRecently closed down by the business – the site had run it’s course.
  • 3) Accountability and empowerment – internal lesson learning platform
  • 4) DFID architecture – moved from collection of single instances running on XAMPP to proper multi-site on WAMP.
  • 2nd case study – major university
  • ALL – want to add any screenshots here to talk through?
  • DISCUSSIONHere’s a use case model from DFID – where do you think the boundary between SharePoint and WordPress lies?
  • TechnicalOngoing managementPeople and culture
  • ALL – what other challenges do you think there areSuggestion, let’s take the challenges one-by-one and explore.
  • Over to Andy and Kimb
  • What do we need to do to keep it running within an organisation?

WordPress in the Enterprise, WordCampUK 2011 WordPress in the Enterprise, WordCampUK 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • WordCamp Portsmouth UK
    presents
    WordPressin the Enterprise
  • Here’s the panel…
    Many thanks for additional material & contribution from
    Shaun Hare (@sdh100Shaun) Jon Eland (@strawbleu)
    Mark Wilkinson (@equalmark) Andy Gilpin (@andygilpin)
    Andy Robb (@androidrobb)StephGray (@lesteph)
  • Key themes
    How do people use WordPresswithin organisations?
    What are the challenges of deploying WordPress within an organisation?
    How can WordPress evolve to be more effective for internal use?
    View slide
  • What is WordPress used for within organisations?
    Theme 1
    bdld on flickr
    CC
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  • DFID: New Technology Forum
    Screenshot of NTF
  • DFID/BIS: Tradewire
  • DFID: Accountability & Empowerment
    Prototype
  • DFID: Evolving Architecture
    WP MultiSite3.1.2
    Site 1
    Site 2
    Site 3
    Site 1
    Site 2
    Site 3
    WP 2.8.4
    WP 2.8.4
    WP 3.0.1
    Themes
    Plugins
    Themes
    Plugins
    Themes
    Plugins
    Arras
    Arras
    Arras
    DFID Comment Auth
    Subscribe2
    WassUp
    Widget Logic
    Improved Include Page
    DFID Comment Auth
    Subscribe2
    WassUp
    Widget Logic
    Improved Include Page
    DFID Comment Auth
    Subscribe2
    WassUp
    Widget Logic
    Improved Include Page
    Themes
    Plugins
    Arras
    DFID Comment Auth
    Subscribe2
    WassUp
    Widget Logic
    Improved Include Page
    Apache 2.2.14
    PHP 5.3.1
    XAMPP
    MySQL 5.1.43
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Major University: News & Blogs
    WordPress Multisite
    2 news sites: staff/student
    11 blogs (35 authors)
  • Major University: Tech stuff
    Plugins
    Single sign-on – custom plugin for both AD and LDAP
    Widget to switch between staff & student news services
    Author comments
    Default Categories
    Wickett Twitter
    ProPlayer Video
  • Other examples….
  • Corporate
    Portal
    (WordPress)
    Tightly controlled, push content
    Spotlight, MoneySight, PeopleSight
    Division Portals
    (WordPress/Sharepoint 2010)
    Division and Country pages
    Groups and Teams
    (Sharepoint2010)
    Teams and departments in divisions
    Eg E&A, Private Sector, RED, ISD etc
    More loosely governed
    Push/Pull content
    Projects and Workspaces
    (SharePoint) 2010
    Eg HR Passport,
    divisional projects
    Personalised view
    of inSight, corporate
    reporting, email
    Personal
    (SharePoint 2010)
    Where does WordPress fit in?
    Extranet
    Acknowledgement: DFID based on an idea by CompanyNet
  • External
    Internal
    Both
    Target Audience
    External
    Internal
    Communicate &
    Share
    WordPress
    Insight
    DFID
    Website
    Spotlight
    Interfaces
    e.g.
    Feedback &
    Network
    Cross Platform
    HR Passport
    IT Self
    Service
    Collaborate &
    work
    SharePoint
    Expenses
    Teamsites
    Teamsites
    Coherent internal-external model
    Acknowledgement: DFID
  • What are the challenges of introducing WordPress?
    Theme 2
    hippie on flickr
    CC
  • Technical challenges?
    Architecture choices
    User authentication
    Multi-site or single instances?
    Essential plugins
    IE6
    liloueve on flickr
    CC
  • Architecture choices
  • Solutions in a Microsoft environment?
  • Authentication options
  • DFID: Comments Authentication
    if (is WordPress user)
    use WordPress identity
    elseif (is DFID staff)
    use identity from DFID staff directory
    //SQL enquiry to corporate IDENTITY
    //database
    else
    prompt for user details
    //then it’s broken!
  • Management challenges
    Roles management and assignment
    Choice of themes?
    Upgrade frequency – core & plugins
    Support arrangements/contracts
    amandabhslater on flickr
    CC
  • People and culture challenges
    Skills – developers & support
    Culture to support effective use of WP
    Does IT get it?
    Executive interference
  • Making WordPress more effective in organisations
    Theme 3
    hradcanska on flickr
    CC
  • How to be more effective?
    How does WordPress need to change?
    How can the enterprise change?
    What about the supplier ecosystem?
  • Questions?
    elstruthio on flickr
    CC