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    • Building Library Websites with WordPress Internet Librarian 2009 Polly-Alida Farrington Resources at: http://lib20.pbworks.com
    • Agenda
      • What’s a Content Management System
      • Wordpress as CMS – examples
      • Hosting your site
      • WordPress Building Blocks
      • CMS features
    • Slides, notes, resources, etc.
      • http://lib20.pbworks.com
        • links to additional resources and these slids
      • http://libraryblogs.net
        • your test blogs are on this server.
      • NOTE: your libraryblogs.net accounts won’t have all the options we’re going to cover today.
    • WordPress is a Content Management System
      • Create site without writing code
      • Web based interface
      • Contributors can focus on CONTENT!
      • Update “look & feel” easily
      • Content stored in a database
      • Flexible
    • WordPress is Open Source
      • Free!
      • You can access the source code.
      • And modify it. And develop tools to enhance it!
      • Be part of the community that supports it.
      • Other familiar open source software:
        • Firefox
        • Open Office
    • WordPress as CMS Examples
    • But first…. a blog
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    • Writing a WordPress Post
    • PAGES make it more than a blog
    • Pages for Static Content
    • Custom Layout for Static Page
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    • How it works
      • You create content
      • Content stored in a database
      • Pages don’t ‘exist’ until requested
      • User clicks on a link
      • PHP code retrieves content from database.
      • CSS used to style page
      • Page is displayed
    • Add Content – Web Based Interface
    • Stored in a database the_title the_content
    • Page created when requested
    • Same content on other pages
    • THEMES make it look good!
    • Same Content – Different Design
    • Types of Content
      • Posts – news articles, timely, up to date, frequently changing.
      • Pages – Static pages, timeless info, about, contact, policies, services, etc.
      • Links – lists of links on a sidebar (aka: blogroll)
      • Media – photos and images
      • Comments – from your readers
    • Posts
      • News & updates
      • Timely
      • Most recent first
      • Comments!
    • Pages
      • Static content
      • eg:
        • About Us
        • Contact Info
        • Services
        • etc.
    • Links
    • Media
    • Comments
    • Hosting WordPress
    • Free Hosted Versions
    • Free Hosted Versions
    • Self Hosted – Your Own Server
      • Cost?
      • Storage capacity?
      • Bandwidth?
      • Tech Support?
      • Install software yourself
      • PHP version 4.3 or greater
      • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater
      • Recommended:
        • Linux & Apache
    • “If you have no idea what to do with this download….” 
    • Self Hosted – Commercial Services
      • Often under $10/month
      • Tech support
      • One Click Install!
      For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/
    • Technical Requirements
      • For version 2.9 (coming soon)
      • PHP version 4.3 or greater
      • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater
      • http://codex.wordpress.org/Hosting_WordPress
    • WordPress Building Blocks Hopefully a live demo!
    • Getting Started
    • Your WordPress Site
    • Logging In
      • Your site address with /wp-admin on the end
      • http://ca001.libraryblogs.net/wp-admin
    • Admin Dashboard
    • Users  Authors & Users
      • For security reasons, don’t use ADMIN as your login name.
    • Users  Your Profile
    • Users  Your Profile
    • Users  Add New User
    • Settings  General
    • Settings  Permalinks
    • Editing a Post Permalink
    • Writing a Post
      • News & events & updates
      • Most recent appears at the top
      • Older posts get bumped off the page
      • Stored in Archives
      • Special page for posts
    • Writing a Post
    • Writing a Post
    • Read More…
    • Read the rest of the entry…
    • Make a Post STICKY
    • Sticky post at top.
    • Publish Later
    • Tags vs Categories
    • Adding Images
    • Add Media Button
    • Add Media Button
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    • Places image in post
    • Get rid of Caption?
    • ALT text
    • Adding Pages
    • Adding a New Page
    • Create Page Hierarchies
    • Hierarchy Shows on Sidebar
    • Links to Sub-Pages
      • Format for creating a link to another page:
      • <a href=&quot;index.php?page_id=42&quot;>Page title</a >
      • Get page ID from Pages  Edit panel.
    • Discussion - Comments
      • Settings  Discussion
        • Set options for handling comments
      • Comments
        • Approve, edit & delete comments
        • Manage spam
    • Discussion Settings
    • Managing Comments
    • Approve, delete, spam it!
    • Review & Delete Spam
    • Themes
    • Themes
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    • Themes – Add new themes
    • Search for a new theme
    • Browse for a new theme
    • Preview
    • Install
    • Installation Confirmed
    • Ready to activate
    • Adding Themes via FTP
      • Download the theme to your computer
      • Unzip it
      • ftp to your server
      • Copy the new theme folder to : /wp-content/themes
      • It will appear in list of themes
      • Activate it
    • Directory Structure - Themes
    • Sidebar Widgets
    • Widgets on Sidebar
    • Appearance  Widgets
    • Text Widget to Customize
    • Text Widget & 3 rd Party Content
    • Plugins
    • Plugins add functionality & features
    • Plugins Page
    • WordPress.com Stats
      • Requires API code from wordpress.com
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/
    • Google Analytics
      • Sign up with GA
      • Enter ID in WP Settings panel
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
    • Akismet
      • Requires API code from wordpress.com
      • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
    • More great plugins later!
    • Adding New Plugins
    • Adding New - Search
    • Check the plugin first
    • Lots of earlier versions?
    • Lots of downloads?
    • Updating Plugins
    • View Details
    • Upgrade
    • Update Reactivated Successfully!
    • Add Plugins via FTP
    • WordPress Maintenance!
    • Plugins - Deactivate, then Delete
    • Backup!
      • Backup your database:
        • Via web host control panel
        • Or wp-db-backup plugin (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/)
      • FTP to server and copy:
        • wp-content/themes
        • wp-content/plugins
        • wp-content/uploads (images, files, etc
    • WP-DB-BACKUP plugin
    • Tools  Upgrade
      • Automatic upgrade plugin is so handy.
      • BACKUP first!!!
    • CMS Tips & Tricks
    • ‘ Pretty’ Permalinks
    • Settings  Permalinks
    • Custom Structure news/gaming-night-for-teens/
    • Making a static front page
    • Create a Main Page
    • Create a Page for Posts No Content for the Page, just a title
    • Settings  Reading Select Front Page & Posts Page
    • News tab shows Posts now
    • But … Home & Welcome both go to the same place. Need to delete HOME
    • Edit header.php file
      • Delete the line of code that creates the default HOME link
    • Yay, extra tab is gone!
    • More Code! Theme & CSS Editor
    • A quick look at the Theme Editor
      • Modify existing themes
      • Change fonts, colors, graphics
      • Create your own themes
      • NOTE: Can’t do this with class test blogs
      • Wordpress.com – $$ extra
    • Example: Editable Theme Files
    • Stylesheet – styles.css
    • Custom 404 page
    • Default 404 – page not found
    • Custom 404
    • Custom 404 page
    • Appearance > Editor > 404.php
    • PHP code & HTML <?php get_header(); ?> <div id=&quot;primary&quot;> <h1 class=&quot;page-title&quot;>Oops! </h1> <p>Visit the <a href=“ <?php bloginfo('url'); ?> &quot;>Home Page</a></p> <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . &quot;/searchform.php&quot;); ?> </div> <?php get_sidebar(); ?> <?php get_footer(); ?>
    • Add Navigation to Footer
    • Custom Footer
      • Navigation Bar added
      • Customize the credits too!
    • With WP template tag
    • Or with straight HTML
    • Template Pages
    • Page uses “no sidebar” template
    • Add Page – Select Template
    • Editing a Template
    • Web Developer Firefox Add On
    • Artiseer ($) Theme Designer
    • Handy Plugins
    • My Page Order http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-page-order/
    • My Page Order http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-page-order/
    • AWS Easy Page Link
      • Adds list of pages to the Insert Link dialog box
      • VERY handy!
      • (note: doesn’t work with WP MU)
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/aws-easy-page-link/
    • WP Contact Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
    • Add <!--contact form--> to a page
    • MobilePress
      • Detects mobile device
      • Displays mobile version of page
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/
    • MobilePress
    • Page Links To
    • Page Links To
    • Flexi Pages
      • Many options for PAGES Widget
      • List subpages only on the relevant pages
      • Easily exclude pages
      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flexi-pages-widget/
    • aggr – rss feed tool
      • Place this code on page
      • <!--rss url=“ http://feed.address.here /&quot;-->
      http://perassi.org/p/aggr/
    • aggr – rss feed tool
    • OpenBook Book Data http://johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
    • More Plugins…
      • There are more plugins on your test site!
      • And still more listed at:
        • http://delicious.com/grdnldy/wordpress+plugins
        • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
    • Some books
      • WordPress For Dummies 2 nd edition by Lisa Sabin Wilson
      • WordPress 2.7 Cookbook by Jean-Baptiste Jung
      • WordPress 2.7 Complete by April Hodge Silver & Hasin Hayder
    • More Help!
      • WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/
      • WordPress Forums - http://wordpress.org/support/
      • WordPress FAQ’s - http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ
      • New to WordPress? –tips http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_New_To_WordPress
    • Thank you! http://lib20.pbworks.com
    • Photo Credits
      • Jamison Judd, Server Rack , April 21, 2008, Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamisonjudd/2433102356/
      • Joe Popp, 'THAT WAS EASY!' , January 24, 2006, Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/spackletoe/90811910/.
      • Open Source Graphic: www.lumaxart.com