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WordPress: Webmaster's Paradise

  1. 1. WordPress: Webmaster's Paradise Oleg Kreymer Systems Librarian, TJ Watson Library The Metropolitan Museum of Art CIL 2008 Cybertours
  2. 2. WordPress as a Web Platform? <ul><li>Content Management System: CMS (forget html!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User-friendly admin interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG editor (invites contribution) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation layer (XHTML + scripting) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simplicity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear functionality (it’s a blog!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Straightforward design: posts + categories + pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Source = always in development + ¢ </li></ul><ul><li>Can be enhanced with plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity (used it for other projects) </li></ul>CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS
  3. 3. Keeping It Simple <ul><li>Modify a WordPress Theme ONLY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserve core WordPress functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection from changes in future upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theme of choice: Andreas09 (website look) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two types of files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP: controls WHAT elements are displayed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSS: controls HOW elements are displayed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Making changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of changes (annotate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppressing and rearranging elements </li></ul></ul>CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS
  4. 4. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with PHP
  5. 5. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with PHP
  6. 6. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with PHP
  7. 7. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with CSS
  8. 8. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with CSS
  9. 9. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with CSS
  10. 10. CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS How to work with CSS
  11. 11. Widgets & Plugins <ul><li>Widgets: dynamic and static sidebar elements </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins extend Wordpress functionality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select carefully (functionally useful plugins only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test! Plugins can break WP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WP upgrade? Test your plugins </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plugins we’re using </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forms: cforms II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar: Event Calendar & Widget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User Role Manager </li></ul></ul>CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS
  12. 12. Thank you! <ul><li>DO try this at home: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Oleg Kreymer </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Librarian, TJ Watson Library </li></ul><ul><li>The Metropolitan Museum of Art </li></ul>CIL 2008 Cybertours: WORDPRESS

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