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WordPress
Internet Librarian 2010
Polly-Alida Farrington
Kyle Jones
Resources at: http://lib20.pbworks.com
What do you want to learn?
Agenda
1. Overview & Examples
2. Getting Started
3. CMS Tips & Tricks
4. Beyond the Basics
5. Keep it Safe, Secure & Spiff...
WordPress in Libraries
Kyle Jones & Polly-Alida Farrington
coming out in Spring 2011
Slides, notes, resources, etc.
• http://lib20.pbworks.com
– links to additional resources and these slides
1: Overview & Examples
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg
What is WordPress?
Content Management System
http://www.flickr.com/photos/atibens/4578260998/
Open Source is Unlocked
www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147/
Open Source is Community
www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/170691672
WordPress in Libraries
Examples
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawvon/3414373319/
Blogging
Writing a WordPress Post
Pages - the heart of your site
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tearsandrain/3526002850
Pages for Static Content
Custom Layout for Static Page
Running a full web site
Personal Web Site
And more!
How it works
• You create content
• Content stored in a database
• Pages don’t ‘exist’ until requested
• User clicks on a ...
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 Themes
Hosting WordPress
Free Hosted Versions
Free Hosted Versions
Free Hosted Versions
Pros:
• Free 
• No tech skills required
• Easy
Cons:
• No custom URL
• Can’t upload themes & plugins
Host your own?
LAMP
Linux
Apache
MySQL
PHP
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neonarcade/23955187
Technical Requirements
• Currently Version 3.0.1
• PHP version 4.3 or greater *
• MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater
• http://...
Hosting on your own server?
• Cost?
• Storage capacity?
• Bandwidth?
• Tech Support?
• Install software yourself
http://ww...
“If you have no idea what to do with
this download….” 
Commercial Services
• Often under $10/month
• Tech support
• One Click Install!
For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosti...
2: Getting Started
Admin Dashboard
Lose the ‘admin’ login!
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 i...
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
Images & Videos
Add Media Button
Add Media Button
Places image in post
Get rid of Caption?
ALT text
Change default image sizes
Create a Gallery
[gallery] shortcode
SimpleViewer Plugin
for fancier galleries
wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
SimpleViewer Shortcode
Embed Video
Viper's Video Quicktags Plugin
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vipers-video-quicktags/
Viper's Video Quicktags Plugin
Themes
Themes
Themes – Add new themes
Search for a new theme
FTP access -
Themes with extras!
Sidebar Widgets
Widgets on Sidebar
Appearance  Widgets
Text Widget to Customize
Text Widget & 3rd
Party Content
Basic 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-fo...
Akismet
• Requires API code from wordpress.com
• http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
More great plugins later!
3: CMS Tips & Tricks
Settings  Permalinks
Custom Permalink 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!
4: Beyond the Basics
Great New Custom Menus in 3.0
Custom Menu in Sidebar Widget
Custom Content Types
Custom Fields
Custom Fields Example
Custom Field – Post Page
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-fields/
Custom Post (Content!) Types
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-types/
More on Themes, CSS &
Templates
A quick look at the Theme Editor
• Modify existing themes
• Change fonts, colors, graphics
• Create your own themes
• Word...
Template & Styles
Stylesheet – styles.css
Editing a .php file
Custom 404 page
404.php template
<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id="primary">
<h1 class="page-title">Oops! </h1>
<p>This page is missing. Try the search box</...
Template Pages
Page uses “no sidebar” template
Add Page – Select Template
Editing a Template
Web Developer Firefox Add On
Artiseer ($) Theme Designer
Child Themes
A Simple Change
Create a new directory
wp-content  themes  twentychild
style.css file
wp-content  themes  twentychild  style.css
/*
Theme Name: TwentyChild
Description: A Child Theme of twen...
Activate Child Theme
/*
Theme Name: TwentyChild
Description: A Child Theme of twentyten
Author: Polly Farrington
Template: twentyten
*/
@import...
5: Keep it Safe, Secure &
Spiffy
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755
Don’t leave the door unlocked
Run the latest version
Get rid of default ADMIN user
• Sign in
• Create a new user with total admin rights
• Sign out
• Sign in to the new user a...
Manage User Accounts
• Give yourself a separate account for
writing/editing
• Define what access your contributors
need
Security Keys
• Check your wp-config.php file
• Does it have security keys?
– define('AUTH_KEY', 'put your unique phrase h...
Use reliable themes & plugins
• Check WordPress.org directories
• Check the ratings & forum discussions
• Test, test, test...
Plugins - Deactivate, then Delete
Back it up!
1. Backup your database:
– Via web host control panel
– Or wp-db-backup plugin
(wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w...
WP-DB-BACKUP plugin
Google XML Sitemaps
wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/
6: Handy Plugins
All in one SEO
wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/
Facebook Like Button
wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-like-button/
Sexy Bookmarks
wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/
Simple Viewer Gallery
wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
OpenBook Book Data
johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
WP Contact Form Plugin
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
Add <!--contact form--> to a page
The Events Calendar
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
Settings
MobilePress
• Detects mobile
device
• Displays mobile
version of page
http://wordpress.org/extend/plug
ins/mobilepress/
MobilePress
http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplelime/1569139115/
WordPress App
http://www.zirona.com/software/wordpress-donations-cloud/
Donations Cloud – works with PayPal
More Plugins…
• WP Plugin Repository
– http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
• My links to plugins
– http://delicious.com/g...
7: What else can we do with
WP?
BuddyPress
buddypress.org
The Academic Commons...is designed to support faculty
initiatives and build community through the use(s) of
technology in ...
Open System, Open Learning
BlogsForums
People Groups
Blogs
Members
Blogs
ePortfolios
Forums
Blogs
… features – similar to Facebook, Twitter, etc – will probably seem
familiar to many.
My philosophy of teaching includes i...
Set up a network of sites with
WordPress MultiSite
Library Catalogs
“..easy to let library staff at the various libraries contribute articles to the blog, ensuring a
lively, regularly update...
Scriblio
scriblio.net
Selected WP Books
(There are tons more great ones!)
• Digging into
WordPress by Jeff
Starr & Chris Coyier
(digwp.com)
• Be...
More Help!
• WordPress Codex -
http://codex.wordpress.org/
• WordPress Forums -
http://wordpress.org/support/
• WordPress ...
Thank you!
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  • Going to cover a lot in 3 hours. Usually a 6 hour hands on class!
    And really could be a 2 day session.
    The goal is to give you a taste of all the pieces you’ll need to build a website with WordPress. And a lot of tips and tricks along the way.
    WON”T BE SPENDING TONS OF TIME ON THE REAL BASICS.
    With those pieces you’ll be able to let your imagination go to town! Because there are limitless ways you can customize and enhance WP.
    Please ask questions as we go – if you have a question, someone else probably does too.
    If something comes up that is beyond what we can cover during the session, I’ll be happy to talk to you after the session or get together during the rest of the conference.
  • Who’s using blogger?
    Wordpress
    Blogging on other platforms?
    Creating web sites with dreamweaver? Hand coding html?
  • Open Source
  • Helps you organize all the information about your library and manage it easily
    Tool for creating &amp; managing a website
    Web-based interface
    Contributors can focus on CONTENT!
    Update “look &amp; feel” easily
    Flexible
  • Source code is open and available to modify
    You make changes, you share them
    Modify it &amp; develop tools to enhance it!
    Other familiar open source software:
    Firefox
    Open Office
  • Community working together to create better software and help each other out.
  • About 14 million at .com
    And 14 million independent installs
  • We’ll quickly cover some basic blogging terms and look at some examples of blogs
    And then look at examples of some libraries are using blogging tools to create a complete website.
  • We’re all familiar with blogs! A website designed to be used as something of an online diary or journal – or For an organization, a newsletter.
    ?? What’s the key thing that makes this recognizable this as a BLOG?
    POSTS! Reverse chronological order news updates.
    Colorful, fun, easy to update, frequently updated news or “POSTS”
    This one is designed to serve a specific purpose or targeted at a specific audience.
    http://www.hcplibrary.org/teen/wordpress/
  • Each post can be assigned to categories – topics or subject headings
    And the categories are listed on the side
    The categories help readers find content of interest.
  • These are the posts from the BOOKS category.
    We can relabel that – TOPICS, NEWS SECTIONS, whatever
  • Also notice how older posts are collected into monthly back files ARCHIVES
    We can relabel that with something like OLD NEWS, BACKFILES, etc. Doesn’t need to be called ARCHIVES
  • Very easy to do - Web based interface for writing and publishing your content.
    Can do it from anywhere you have access to the web.
    No software to install on your computer.
  • What’s different about this one?
    Nothing on first glance – posts, sidebar content
    But also PAGES
    Events, research tools
    Click on the RESEARCH TOOLS link on the navigation bar and
  • Start to see how you can build a web site with news AND pages of more static info.
    This is the KEY creating a web site
    We all have web pages with information that isn’t easily crammed into chronological news posts.
    SERVICES – ILL, WIFI, REFERENCE
    CHILDRENS, TEENS, ADULT SERVICES
    LIBRARY HOURS
    POLICIES
    HOW TO’S
    ACCESS TO DATABASES
    ETC
  • Fuzzy line between “blog” and full web site, add enough content, replace your old ‘regular web site’ and you have a WP website
  • Attractive custom graphics
    Double navigation bar
    http://thegrovelibrary.net/
    Use Suffusion theme which comes with lots of built in options
  • http://stillwater.sals.edu/
    This was done with wordpress too and looks more like a magazine than a blog.
  • http://tamworthlibrary.org/
    Nice website – put together by Lichen Rancourt
  • Of course it can also be used as a personal web site –professional resume etc.
  • !!
  • Add content via easy to use web-based interface
    Type content – hit publish and it’s done!
    AND it looks good.
    Since it’s web based and easy to use, you can have other staff members contribute content to the site
  • This text is stored in a database with content labeled “the_title” “the_content”
    And when user clicks on a link to read this article, the CMS gets the text from the database and displays it.
    Uses the options you’ve selected to add layout, colors, text and more.
  • Storing the content in a database makes it easy to reuse it on various pages.
    Same content on main page, single post page, archives page, search results page etc.
  • Choose from lots of free themes to make it look good.
    Many themes have options to customize headers and such.
    You can also edit the CSS (cascading style sheet) files to change fonts, etc.
    Or you can create your own customized theme (or hire someone!)
  • With the click of a button, the look changes, but the content has stayed the same.
  • Free hosted versions at:
    -- Wordpress.com
    -- Edublogs.org
    Limited themes, plugins
    Charge $15/year for access to CSS
    $15 a year to redirect your URL to the blog.
    Still this could be a great way to get started and to work with the ideas.
    Just don’t let the limits put you off the whole WordPress idea.
    When you’re ready, you can move to a self-hosted version.
  • Free hosted versions at:
    -- Wordpress.com
    -- Edublogs.org
  • To run WordPress you need a LAMP server
  • Wordpress has a page of suggested hosting companies.
    http://wordpress.org/hosting/
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Hosting_WordPress
  • http://wordpress.org/download/
  • Wordpress has a page of suggested hosting companies.
    http://wordpress.org/hosting/
  • This is your Dashboard (control panel) where you write your news, create pages, change the themes and everything else that you’ll need to do to administer your site.
  • For these sample sites, your user name has been set up for you
    When you start your own wordpress project on your own server, your user name will probably be ADMIN.
    Create a new user with a distinctive username, make that user the adminstrator, and get rid of the original ADMIN user.
    Just makes it a little harder for someone to guess your login and password.
  • NOTE: This is disabled on the libraryblogs.net test blogs
    Add new users who will help you maintain your site. Remember that’s one of the great features of a CMS.
    Roles:
    Administrator – access to all admin features
    Editor – write, manage, publish all posts
    Author – write, manage and publish their own posts
    Contributor – write and manage their own posts, can’t publish
  • Change the name of your website
    Add a slogan or tagline
    Select the format for dates and times
  • Choose your permalink structure.
    Default and numeric aren’t great
    Some people recommend not using dates either.
    One option is to use a custom structure: /news/%postname%/
    WHY?
    -- friendlier readable links
    -- search engine optimization
    NOTES:
    Wordpress won’t let you name two posts by the same name. Handy that!
    You can edit the permalink of any post or page as you’re creating it
    You can change your option later, but best to start out right! Links back to your pages won’t work if you change.
  • After the title is added, the title will show up in the Permalink
    Use the EDIT option to customize the keywords in the link
    For more info on Permalinks see: Wordpress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks
  • Under the Posts option
    Edit existing posts
    Add New
    Tags
    Categories
  • Type in the title
    Add the text
    Hit publish!
    That’s it.
    Really!
  • Makes news/blog page easier to scan.
  • Keeps that post at the top of the news page.
  • Rest of posts are reverse chronological orders
    Stored in archives by month
  • Problem with adding images, make sure you add text to the “CAPTION” field to get the ALT text entered.
    To get rid of the caption afterwards, edit the html OR go back to the image properties, delete caption. Add alt text in the Advanced section.
    Very awkward
  • Click on the icon on the image itself to go back to edit settings for image
  • This deletes caption from displaying.
    But use leaves those words in the ALT tag – see the Advanced settings.
  • Upload a bunch of photos
  • You can get the video embed code from YouTube, but this is easier and you can add video from many more places
  • Tons of settings
  • With the click of a button, the look changes.
  • From the APPEARANCE panel
    -- Themes
    Browse through them.
    Click on the image to popup a preview and the ACTIVATE button
  • Click on ACTIVATE
  • When you visit the blog it will have a new look.
  • Appearance  Add New Themes  Make selections
    These are all themes that have been checked by WordPress
  • Use your ftp program to copy the full folder with the theme into the Themes folder.
    It will then be available when you return to your Themes admin panel.
  • Suffusion – example of a theme with tons of custom options built in.
  • Boxes of content
    Lists of pages
    Lists of categories for news items
    Links to other resource
    And much more
  • Lots of prebuilt widgets
    Just drag and drop to the sidebar
    Click to open and change settings
    Some plugins will include new widgets – like the newgen gallery manager
  • Things to add to the sidebar – text boxes with basic info.
    http://nplibrary.org/
  • Use the text widget to add content from other websites to the sidebar.
    Some familiar 3rd party content includes: Librarything book feed, meebo chat widget, flickr photobadge and much more.
  • Plugins can add tools to help you administer your blog
    And add features to the public side of your blog
    Accessories!
  • Lists the plugins that are available on your install of WP
    Click on Activate to use them.
    Install and activate one at a time to test for possible conflicts.
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/
    Need to sign up for an account with wordpress.com to activate this and Akismet
    Both were created by the wordpress folks and make use of resources on the .com server.
    You don’t need to blog on wordpress.com, you just need the account
    Getting stats to load can be VERY slow sometimes.
    For stats – you might also want to try google analytics – more detail.
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
    Adds your google analytics code to all your WP pages and posts
  • Requires API code from wordpress.com
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
    More on essential Plugins later!
  • Options for formatting the links for your News Posts
    Default is UGLY! Not very human or search engine friendly
    Numeric is ok, but doesn’t have keywords to help with search engine optimization
    Consider the options that have year, month and keywords from title of post.
    When you write a post, the title is used as the “postname” in the permalink
    You can edit that when you first write the post – it’s the POST SLUG
  • Custom structure lets you create your own link structure.
    This example uses “news” in front of all blog posts and adds the post-slug (post name) to the URL.
  • Create the PAGE you want to have as the main page.
    I’m calling it WELCOME – you could call it anything.
  • Create a PAGE that will hold the blog posts too.
    Call it NEWS or some such thing.
    No content on this page!
  • Settings  Reading
    Change the Front Page Displays option to Static Page
    Select HOME for the front Page
    Select NEWS for the Posts Page.
  • Now when we click on NEWS we get the blog postings.
    BUT look at that double link to the HOME page
  • Uh oh! We now have two tabs at the top that link to the main page
    HOME
    WELCOME
    Default behaviour of WP is to have a LINK called HOME that goes to whatever page you designate as the start page.
    Awkward.
    Need to edit the header.php file to get rid of this! Not hard to do, just scary!
  • Look for the code inside that makes the default link to the home page on the navigation bar – it will be in the &amp;lt;UL id=nav&amp;gt; section.
    Get rid of that line of code Leaving the rest intact.
    Depending on the theme – there may be other lines of code. This is a simple example. But there will be one line that creates the HOME link and the a bunch of other code to create all the other links.
  • Yay, extra tab gone!
  • Used to be your pages made up the menu by default
    And it was a bit fussy to add anything else.
    Include pages, categories, external links, etc.
  • You may want to add additional information to each of your posts and have it be in a separate field so you can format it and display it in a special way.
    Currently reading – if each of your post writers want to share something they’re reading.
    Extra thumbnail image
    Tip of the day.
    Etc.
  • Custom Fields created with the MORE FIELDS plugin
  • Officially called Custom POST types – confusing,
    I’ll use CONTENT
    Method for creating a whole different type of content for your site.
    Directory entries
    Lists of databases
    Materials that just aren’t going to fit in with your newsy POSTS or your fairly static PAGES.
    Created with the MORE TYPES plugin
    And uses the MORE FIELDS plugin to create the fiields
  • You won’t see this on your test blogs, since this is a multiple user installation, more than one person might be using the same theme files.
    Editing these php files would affect anyone using that theme.
  • Twenty Ten files
    Lets edit the Stylesheet.
  • Need to know a bit about CSS.
    If you don’t know CSS, w3schools has great tutorials
    http://www.w3schools.com/
  • A fun customized 404 - http://www.davidleeking.com/
  • The “404 file not found” page is an easy one to customize.
  • The code in bold/red is php code. It pulls in data from other files and from the database.
    Examples of how PHP creates your website:
    &amp;lt;?php get_header(); ?&amp;gt; - finds the header.php file and displays that data at the top of the page
    &amp;lt;?php bloginfo(&amp;apos;url&amp;apos;); ?&amp;gt; - goes to the database and finds the URL for the “bloginfo” field – that’s the URL for you website.
  • Some themes come with special template pages that vary from the regular layout
  • You can build your own template files too.
    Handy to start with a theme that has some already built
    And create new ones based on existing ones.
    Documentation on building templates:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Stepping_Into_Templates
  • Easy way to start a template is find the page.php file and base your template on that
    Save it with a new filename.php
    Add the Template code info at the top of the file.
    Try just deleting the &amp;lt;?php get_sidebar(); ?&amp;gt; line. That will delete the sidebar.
    Upload the file to your themes folder
    Create a new page and apply that template.
    You should have a page without a sidebar.
    This may not be a useful template for you, but it proves the process works.
    Edit the rest of the file to your needs.
    Ok, so this is the hard part! But it’s the best way to learn how the wordpress template code works.
    Use the online tutorials or books with ideas.
  • WebDeveloper addon for Firefox is really handy for helping to identify the pieces of the page and css styles.
    http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/ June 2009 version available for Firefox, Flock &amp; Seamonkey
    Will run on any platform that these browsers run on: windows, mac, linux
    Adds toolbar and menu to browser. Select options from toolbar or menu to help you find what css elements you need to look for in the code files to modify the look of the blog.
    Example: Information menu &amp;gt; Display element information = shows this is the ul .menu item. and show the attributes controlling the look of that section and what children that class has.
  • There are wonderful themes available from commercial developers.
    Companies that repsect the GPL licensing
  • Pick and choose items from the menus to create a theme.
    Save and upload to your server.
    $49.95
  • Let’s say you love a particular theme, but you want to make some changes to customize it.
    What happens when your chosen theme gets updated by the creator
    All the customizing you’ve done to the template files and the css code will be lost!
    Child themes to the rescue
  • The site is using the theme called TwentyTen – I could change that color and size code in the main style.css file for TwentyTen, but it would be wiped out when TwentyTen gets upgraded. Easy enough for a couple of simple changes, but what if you want to do a lot of customization?
    Child Themes are brilliant!
    -- set up
  • Set up a new theme directory
    Add a STYLE.CSS file
  • In that file designate what theme to use as the base and import the styles from that theme
  • Activate the child theme and it should look EXACTLY like the PARENT THEME
  • Add new style rules to the child theme css file.
    These styles will overrule anything in the original twentyten css file.
  • That goes for plugins &amp; themes too
  • Plugins can get out of date.
    Functionality may be built into a new version of WP
    Or the developer may no longer support the plug in.
    Deactivate
    Then Delete
  • On demand backup of database tables
    Or schedule the backup and have the file emailed to you.
  • http://johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
    Simply add code to your page/post with the ISBN of a book in it.
    [openbook booknumber=&amp;quot;184195828X&amp;quot;]
    Book cover will appear
  • WP Contact Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
    Just one of many form plugins
    CformsII – has tons of options, but is a bit more complicated to set up.
    http://www.deliciousdays.com/cforms-plugin
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/
  • Mick Jacobsen – Skokie IL PL
    Main site is NOT WP
  • Mick Jacobsen of Skokie PL, Illinois is writing a section for the LTR
    Separate sites for each topic.
    Each blog has it’s own look and feel
    Contributors have access to their blogs
    Found it very easy to add content, images, videos.
    Top menu bar takes users back to the main library website
    There a sense of fragmentation at this point.
    With changes in wordpress, the whole site could now be brought together under WP, instead of having a main stie and a bunch of blogs.
    Suggests that the blog content in separate WP MU sites could be reintegrated into one site with CATEGORIES to distinguish the content.
  • PBC Library - Provinciaal Bibliotheekcentrum Antwerp Belgium
    Regional Library System of 40 libraries
    Central search for all libraries
    Search catalog from the search boxes on the WP sides’
    Lots of redirection to the catalog (note sidebar) and from within posts and pages
    Hired a WP consultant to create a plugin that makes it very easy for those writing posts to link to the catalog easily.
    Catalog has same page design, so feels pretty integrated
    “WordPress’ user friendliness should make it easy to let library staff at the various libraries contribute articles to the blog, ensuring a lively, regularly updated blog/catalog.”
    WordPress site integrated with Aquabrowser catalog - PBC, Antwerp, Belgium(http://isis.pbcantwerpen.be/)
    Blog post about the project: http://goo.gl/Dgnw/
  • Casey Bisson
    Created a set of amazing plugins that get data from your ILS and displays it in a fully functional search and display on a WordPress site.
    Videos on flickr showing how it all works!
    http://about.scriblio.net
    Install the plugins
  • Transcript of "WordPress for Libraries PreConference Workshop"

    1. 1. WordPress Internet Librarian 2010 Polly-Alida Farrington Kyle Jones Resources at: http://lib20.pbworks.com
    2. 2. What do you want to learn?
    3. 3. Agenda 1. Overview & Examples 2. Getting Started 3. CMS Tips & Tricks 4. Beyond the Basics 5. Keep it Safe, Secure & Spiffy 6. More Handy Plugins 7. What else can WP do?
    4. 4. WordPress in Libraries Kyle Jones & Polly-Alida Farrington coming out in Spring 2011
    5. 5. Slides, notes, resources, etc. • http://lib20.pbworks.com – links to additional resources and these slides
    6. 6. 1: Overview & Examples
    7. 7. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg What is WordPress?
    8. 8. Content Management System http://www.flickr.com/photos/atibens/4578260998/
    9. 9. Open Source is Unlocked www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147/
    10. 10. Open Source is Community www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/170691672
    11. 11. WordPress in Libraries Examples http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawvon/3414373319/
    12. 12. Blogging
    13. 13. Writing a WordPress Post
    14. 14. Pages - the heart of your site http://www.flickr.com/photos/tearsandrain/3526002850
    15. 15. Pages for Static Content
    16. 16. Custom Layout for Static Page
    17. 17. Running a full web site
    18. 18. Personal Web Site
    19. 19. And more!
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. Add Content – Web Based Interface
    22. 22. Stored in a database the_title the_content
    23. 23. Page created when requested
    24. 24. Same content on other pages
    25. 25. THEMES make it look good!
    26. 26. Same Content – Different Themes
    27. 27. Hosting WordPress
    28. 28. Free Hosted Versions
    29. 29. Free Hosted Versions
    30. 30. Free Hosted Versions Pros: • Free  • No tech skills required • Easy Cons: • No custom URL • Can’t upload themes & plugins
    31. 31. Host your own?
    32. 32. LAMP Linux Apache MySQL PHP http://www.flickr.com/photos/neonarcade/23955187
    33. 33. Technical Requirements • Currently Version 3.0.1 • PHP version 4.3 or greater * • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater • http://codex.wordpress.org/Hosting_Word Press * Might find some plugins require more recent version of PHP.
    34. 34. Hosting on your own server? • Cost? • Storage capacity? • Bandwidth? • Tech Support? • Install software yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamisonjudd/2433102356
    35. 35. “If you have no idea what to do with this download….” 
    36. 36. Commercial Services • Often under $10/month • Tech support • One Click Install! For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/
    37. 37. 2: Getting Started
    38. 38. Admin Dashboard
    39. 39. Lose the ‘admin’ login!
    40. 40. Users  Add New User
    41. 41. Settings  General
    42. 42. Settings  Permalinks
    43. 43. Editing a Post Permalink
    44. 44. 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
    45. 45. Writing a Post
    46. 46. Writing a Post
    47. 47. Read More…
    48. 48. Read the rest of the entry…
    49. 49. Make a Post STICKY
    50. 50. Sticky post at top.
    51. 51. Publish Later
    52. 52. Tags vs Categories
    53. 53. Images & Videos
    54. 54. Add Media Button
    55. 55. Add Media Button
    56. 56. Places image in post
    57. 57. Get rid of Caption?
    58. 58. ALT text
    59. 59. Change default image sizes
    60. 60. Create a Gallery
    61. 61. [gallery] shortcode
    62. 62. SimpleViewer Plugin for fancier galleries wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
    63. 63. SimpleViewer Shortcode
    64. 64. Embed Video
    65. 65. Viper's Video Quicktags Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vipers-video-quicktags/
    66. 66. Viper's Video Quicktags Plugin
    67. 67. Themes
    68. 68. Themes
    69. 69. Themes – Add new themes
    70. 70. Search for a new theme
    71. 71. FTP access -
    72. 72. Themes with extras!
    73. 73. Sidebar Widgets
    74. 74. Widgets on Sidebar
    75. 75. Appearance  Widgets
    76. 76. Text Widget to Customize
    77. 77. Text Widget & 3rd Party Content
    78. 78. Basic Plugins
    79. 79. Plugins add functionality & features
    80. 80. Plugins Page
    81. 81. WordPress.com Stats • Requires API code from wordpress.com http://wordpress.org/extend /plugins/stats/
    82. 82. Google Analytics • Sign up with GA • Enter ID in WP Settings panel http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
    83. 83. Akismet • Requires API code from wordpress.com • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
    84. 84. More great plugins later!
    85. 85. 3: CMS Tips & Tricks
    86. 86. Settings  Permalinks
    87. 87. Custom Permalink Structure news/gaming-night-for-teens/
    88. 88. Making a static front page
    89. 89. Create a Main Page
    90. 90. Create a Page for Posts No Content for the Page, just a title
    91. 91. Settings  Reading Select Front Page & Posts Page
    92. 92. News tab shows Posts now
    93. 93. But … Home & Welcome both go to the same place. Need to delete HOME
    94. 94. Edit header.php file • Delete the line of code that creates the default HOME link
    95. 95. Yay, extra tab is gone!
    96. 96. 4: Beyond the Basics
    97. 97. Great New Custom Menus in 3.0
    98. 98. Custom Menu in Sidebar Widget
    99. 99. Custom Content Types Custom Fields
    100. 100. Custom Fields Example
    101. 101. Custom Field – Post Page http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-fields/
    102. 102. Custom Post (Content!) Types http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-types/
    103. 103. More on Themes, CSS & Templates
    104. 104. A quick look at the Theme Editor • Modify existing themes • Change fonts, colors, graphics • Create your own themes • Wordpress.com – ~ $15 year extra
    105. 105. Template & Styles
    106. 106. Stylesheet – styles.css
    107. 107. Editing a .php file Custom 404 page
    108. 108. 404.php template
    109. 109. <?php get_header(); ?> <div id="primary"> <h1 class="page-title">Oops! </h1> <p>This page is missing. Try the search box</p> <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . "/searchform.php"); ?></div> <?php get_footer(); ?> PHP code & HTML
    110. 110. Template Pages
    111. 111. Page uses “no sidebar” template
    112. 112. Add Page – Select Template
    113. 113. Editing a Template
    114. 114. Web Developer Firefox Add On
    115. 115. Artiseer ($) Theme Designer
    116. 116. Child Themes
    117. 117. A Simple Change
    118. 118. Create a new directory wp-content  themes  twentychild
    119. 119. style.css file wp-content  themes  twentychild  style.css /* Theme Name: TwentyChild Description: A Child Theme of twentyten Author: Polly Farrington Template: twentyten */ @import url(../twentyten/style.css);
    120. 120. Activate Child Theme
    121. 121. /* Theme Name: TwentyChild Description: A Child Theme of twentyten Author: Polly Farrington Template: twentyten */ @import url(../twentyten/style.css); #site-description { color: red; font-weight: bold; font-size: 2em; } Add new style rules
    122. 122. 5: Keep it Safe, Secure & Spiffy http://www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755
    123. 123. Don’t leave the door unlocked Run the latest version
    124. 124. Get rid of default ADMIN user • Sign in • Create a new user with total admin rights • Sign out • Sign in to the new user account • Delete the old admin account • Use your new account just for adminstrative stuff
    125. 125. Manage User Accounts • Give yourself a separate account for writing/editing • Define what access your contributors need
    126. 126. Security Keys • Check your wp-config.php file • Does it have security keys? – define('AUTH_KEY', 'put your unique phrase here'); – define('SECURE_AUTH_KEY', 'put your unique phrase here'); – etc……. – More Info: http://goo.gl/SIhf
    127. 127. Use reliable themes & plugins • Check WordPress.org directories • Check the ratings & forum discussions • Test, test, test! And test some more. • Keep them up to date! • Deactivate & Delete unwanted plugins
    128. 128. Plugins - Deactivate, then Delete
    129. 129. Back it up! 1. Backup your database: – Via web host control panel – Or wp-db-backup plugin (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/) 2. FTP to server and copy: • wp-content/themes • wp-content/plugins • wp-content/uploads (images, files, etc.)
    130. 130. WP-DB-BACKUP plugin
    131. 131. Google XML Sitemaps wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/
    132. 132. 6: Handy Plugins
    133. 133. All in one SEO wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/
    134. 134. Facebook Like Button wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-like-button/
    135. 135. Sexy Bookmarks wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/
    136. 136. Simple Viewer Gallery wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
    137. 137. OpenBook Book Data johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
    138. 138. WP Contact Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
    139. 139. Add <!--contact form--> to a page
    140. 140. The Events Calendar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
    141. 141. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/ Settings
    142. 142. MobilePress • Detects mobile device • Displays mobile version of page http://wordpress.org/extend/plug ins/mobilepress/
    143. 143. MobilePress
    144. 144. http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplelime/1569139115/ WordPress App
    145. 145. http://www.zirona.com/software/wordpress-donations-cloud/ Donations Cloud – works with PayPal
    146. 146. More Plugins… • WP Plugin Repository – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ • My links to plugins – http://delicious.com/grdnldy/wordpress+plugins • Lots of great plugins discussed on this blog: – Lorelle on WordPress http://lorelle.wordpress.com
    147. 147. 7: What else can we do with WP?
    148. 148. BuddyPress buddypress.org
    149. 149. The Academic Commons...is designed to support faculty initiatives and build community through the use(s) of technology in teaching and learning. ...Creating networks and support systems that are enabled by easy access to quality digital resources will nurture faculty development through sharing replicable materials and best practices. About the CUNY (City University of New York) Academic Commons
    150. 150. Open System, Open Learning BlogsForums People Groups
    151. 151. Blogs Members
    152. 152. Blogs ePortfolios
    153. 153. Forums
    154. 154. Blogs
    155. 155. … features – similar to Facebook, Twitter, etc – will probably seem familiar to many. My philosophy of teaching includes instilling in my students a sense of exploration and play. And dealing with change. The Buddypress site is an extension of that. In my email to my classes as school starts, I asked them to configure their blogs, get an RSS aggregator and explore the site. Explore is the keyword. Dr. Michael Stephens on his BuddyPress enabled course
    156. 156. Set up a network of sites with WordPress MultiSite
    157. 157. Library Catalogs
    158. 158. “..easy to let library staff at the various libraries contribute articles to the blog, ensuring a lively, regularly updated blog/catalog.” (isis.pbcantwerpen.be/) (translated with google translate)
    159. 159. Scriblio scriblio.net
    160. 160. Selected WP Books (There are tons more great ones!) • Digging into WordPress by Jeff Starr & Chris Coyier (digwp.com) • Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary • Smashing WordPress by Thord Hedengren
    161. 161. 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
    162. 162. Thank you! http://lib20.pbworks.com
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