WordPress: Webmaster's Paradise

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