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  • 1. Using Wordpress To Create Your Website Nicole C. Engard nengard@gmail.comFriday, January 20, 12
  • 2. Outline • What is Wordpress? • Who is using Wordpress? • Why Wordpress? • Wordpress for Libraries? • Create your own Wordpress siteFriday, January 20, 12
  • 3. What is Wordpress • Open Source • Free of Cost • A blogging platform • A content management system (CMS) • Easy to LearnFriday, January 20, 12
  • 4. Who is Using Wordpress • Businesses • http://about.networksolutions.com • Universities • http://umaine.edu • http://www.gapsa.upenn.edu • Publications • http://magazine.wsj.com • Libraries • http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/ • http://mykansaslibrary.org • http://wp4lib.bluwiki.com/#Library_Sites_That_Use_WordPressFriday, January 20, 12
  • 5. Why Wordpress? • No programming knowledge necessary • Easy to navigate • Built in search engine • Thousands of plugins/extensions • Thousands of pre-made themes • Tons of online documentation & helpFriday, January 20, 12
  • 6. Why Wordpress as a CMS • It’s for more than just blogging • Allows for multiple users/permissions • No need for system admin - anyone can upgrade/edit files • Easy, Easy, Easy!Friday, January 20, 12
  • 7. Wordpress Varieties • Wordpress.com • Free hosted version of Wordpress (not as customizable / limits to what you can do) • Wordpress.org • Free downloadable version of Wordpress • Can be set up for multiple users to have individual blogs • BuddyPress (http://buddypress.org) • Social networking site built on WordpressFriday, January 20, 12
  • 8. Doing it YourselfFriday, January 20, 12
  • 9. Things to do • Alter settings • Choose a theme • Add Content • Create a page • Create a blog • External Content • Find PluginsFriday, January 20, 12
  • 10. Create a Page • Click ‘Add New’ under ‘Pages’ on the left hand side menu • Choose a ‘Title’ • Enter your body text • On the right choose the ‘Page Parent’ and ‘Order’ • Below the content decide if you want to allow comments • Click ‘Publish’Friday, January 20, 12
  • 11. Create a Blog • If your blog is your main page, skip this step • Click ‘Add New’ under ‘Pages’ and enter a title of ‘Blog’ then click ‘Publish’ (leave the content blank) • Click ‘Add New’ under ‘Posts’ • Choose a ‘Title’ • Enter your body text • Below the content decide if you want to allow comments • Click ‘Publish’Friday, January 20, 12
  • 12. Must Have Plugins • WP Backup • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/ • Exploit Scanner • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exploit-scanner/ • Maintenance Mode • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 13. Must Have Plugins • Events Calendar (Install and Set up in class) • mytechopinion.com/2009/06/event-calendars-wordpress.html • Contact Form (Install and Set up in class) • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/ • Google Sitemaps • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/ • Anti-Spam • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 14. Must Have Plugins • No Self Pings • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/no-self-ping/ • Google Analyticator • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator/ • Google Analytics for WordPress • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/ • Broken Link Checker • wordpress.org/extend/plugins/broken-link-checker/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 15. On Your OwnFriday, January 20, 12
  • 16. Additional Tools • Web server with MySQL and PHP installed & a domain name • I use Hostgator.com and GoDaddy.com • Dreamhost offers free hosting to non profits • Access to (or someone who can) alter the MySQL database interface (or hosting with Fantastico) • FTP Software • I use Filezilla (http://filezilla-project.org/)Friday, January 20, 12
  • 17. Content to AddFriday, January 20, 12
  • 18. Add a Google Map • Basic Map • Go to http://maps.google.com • Search for your library address • Click the ‘link’ button in the top right • Copy the HTML to embed the map into your site • Can also use the Map Wizard: http://www.google.com/ uds/solutions/wizards/mapsearch.htmlFriday, January 20, 12
  • 19. Add a Google Calendar • Embed your calendar • Go to http://calendar.google.com • Create new calendar • Add an event or two to the calendar • Go to calendar settings and share the calendar • Embed calendar in siteFriday, January 20, 12
  • 20. Add a Flickr Badge • Log in to your Flickr account • Go to http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne • Choose your badge for embedding in your siteFriday, January 20, 12
  • 21. Add a Twitter Badge • Visit: http://twitter.com/goodies/widgets • Click ‘My Website’ • Choose the type of badge you want • More Information on Twitter Badges: • http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/ entries/15354Friday, January 20, 12
  • 22. Add a RSS Mashup • Let’s mashup a few RSS feeds to create one content source • http://pipes.yahoo.com • Learn More from Jody Condit Fagan • http://bit.ly/5Z2Zki • Learn More from Me • http://mashups.web2learning.net/ (ch 7)Friday, January 20, 12
  • 23. WordPress For Libraries • WP4Lib • Community for Libraries using Wordpress • http://wp4lib.bluwiki.com • Wordpress in Libraries • http://www.wpinlibraries.orgFriday, January 20, 12
  • 24. WordPress Presentations • People to follow on SlideShare: • Stephanie Leary www.slideshare.net/stephanieleary • Syed Balkhi www.slideshare.net/wpbeginner • Andrea Rennick www.slideshare.net/AndreaRennickFriday, January 20, 12
  • 25. WordPress Tutorials • YouTube Playlists • www.youtube.com/view_play_list? p=3660E1BF38351F4D • www.youtube.com/view_play_list? p=2B44F91BD836E499 • www.youtube.com/view_play_list? p=928D6604C81A7D0BFriday, January 20, 12
  • 26. WordPress as CMS • Top 20 Plugins To Extend WordPress CMS Capabilities • http://wpmu.org/top-20-plugins-to-extend-wordpress- cms-capabilities/ • 10 Excellent Plugins that Extend WordPress as a CMS • http://djdesignerlab.com/2010/11/25/10-excellent- plugins-that-extend-wordpress-as-a-cms/ • WordPress CMS for Library Web Sites • http://lib20.pbworks.com/classes-wordpress-websitesFriday, January 20, 12
  • 27. Premium Themes • WooThemes: www.woothemes.com • StudioPress: www.studiopress.com • ElegantThemes: www.elegantthemes.com • Comparison: www.smashingmagazine.com/ 2011/04/20/detailed-comparison-of- premium-wordpress-theme-clubs/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 28. Links • Beginner’s Guide to Tricking out Wordpress • http://lifehacker.com/5365600/the-beginners-guide-to-tricking-out-your- wordpress-blog • 300 Resources to help you become an expert • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/09/300-resources-to-help-you- become-a-wordpress-expert • Wordpress Quick Start Guide • http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Quick_Start_Guide • Secure your WordPress blog • http://mashable.com/2010/04/28/wordpress-security-tips/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 29. Links • 20 Plugins You’ve Never Heard Of • http://www.slideshare.net/williamsba/top-20-wordpress- plugins-youve-never-heard-of-2982724 • WordPress 201 • http://www.slideshare.net/JeffBennett/wordpress-201- workshop-maui-march-23-2011 • Extend WordPress With Custom Fields • http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/29/extend- wordpress-with-custom-fields/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 30. Links • WordPress as a Learning Management System – Move Over, Blackboard • http://wpmu.org/wordpress-as-a-learning-management-system-move-over- blackboard/ • WordPress CMS for Library Web Sites • http://lib20.pbworks.com/classes-wordpress-websites • 55+ Most Wanted WordPress Tips, Tricks, and Hacks • http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/55-most-wanted-wordpress-tips- tricks-and-hacks/Friday, January 20, 12
  • 31. Books• Leary, Stephanie. Beginning WordPress 3. 1st ed. Apress, 2010.• Jones, Kyle, and Polly-Alida Farrington. Using WordPress as a library content management system.Vol. 47. Library Technology Reports 3. Chicago  IL: ALA TechSource, 2011.• Hedengren, Thord Daniel. Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog. Wiley, 2010.• Tomasi, Chuck, and Kreg Steppe. Sams Teach Yourself WordPress 3 in 10 Minutes. 1st ed. Sams, 2010.• Beck, Jessica Neuman, and Matt Beck. 2009. WordPress:Visual QuickStart Guide. [S.l.]: Peachpit Press.Friday, January 20, 12
  • 32. Thank You Nicole C. Engard nengard@gmail.com Slides: web2learning.net > Publications & PresentationsFriday, January 20, 12

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