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WordPress for Libraries PreConference Workshop WordPress for Libraries PreConference Workshop Presentation Transcript

  • WordPress Internet Librarian 2010 Polly-Alida Farrington Kyle Jones Resources at: http://lib20.pbworks.com
  • What do you want to learn?
  • Agenda
    • Overview & Examples
    • Getting Started
    • CMS Tips & Tricks
    • Beyond the Basics
    • Keep it Safe, Secure & Spiffy
    • More Handy Plugins
    • What else can WP do?
  • 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
  • What is WordPress? http:// farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg
  • 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
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  • WordPress in Libraries Examples http:// www.flickr.com/photos/dawvon/3414373319 /
  • Blogging
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  • 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
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  • Personal Web Site
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  • And more!
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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 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://codex.wordpress.org/Hosting_WordPress
    • * Might find some plugins require more recent version of PHP.
  • Hosting on your own server?
    • Cost?
    • Storage capacity?
    • Bandwidth?
    • Tech Support?
    • Install software yourself
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamisonjudd/2433102356
  • “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/hosting/
  • 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 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
  • Images & Videos
  • Add Media Button
  • Add Media Button
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  • 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
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  • Embed Video
  • Viper's Video Quicktags Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vipers-video-quicktags/
  • Viper's Video Quicktags Plugin
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  • Themes
  • Themes
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  • 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 & 3 rd 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-for-wordpress/
  • 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
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  • 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/
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  • More on Themes, CSS & Templates
  • A quick look at the Theme Editor
    • Modify existing themes
    • Change fonts, colors, graphics
    • Create your own themes
    • Wordpress.com – ~ $15 year extra
  • Template & Styles
  • Stylesheet – styles.css
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  • Editing a .php file Custom 404 page
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  • 404.php template
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  • PHP code & HTML <?php get_header(); ?> <div id=&quot;primary&quot;> <h1 class=&quot;page-title&quot;> Oops! </h1> <p>This page is missing. Try the search box</p> <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . &quot;/searchform.php&quot;); ?> </div> <?php get_footer(); ?>
  • Template Pages
  • Page uses “no sidebar” template
  • Add Page – Select Template
  • Editing a Template
  • Web Developer Firefox Add On
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  • Artiseer ($) 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 twentyten Author: Polly Farrington Template: twentyten */ @import url(../twentyten/style.css);
  • Activate Child Theme
  • Add new style rules /* 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; }
  • 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 account
    • Delete the old admin account
    • Use your new account just for adminstrative stuff
  • 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 here');
      • define('SECURE_AUTH_KEY', 'put your unique phrase here');
      • etc…….
      • More Info: http://goo.gl/SIhf
  • 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
  • Plugins - Deactivate, then Delete
  • Back it up!
    • 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
  • 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/
  • Settings http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
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  • MobilePress
    • Detects mobile device
    • Displays mobile version of page
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/
  • MobilePress
  • WordPress App http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplelime/1569139115/
  • Donations Cloud – works with PayPal http://www.zirona.com/software/wordpress-donations-cloud/
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Open System, Open Learning Blogs Forums People Groups
  • Members Blogs
  • ePortfolios Blogs
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • … 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 sites
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  • Set up a network of sites with WordPress MultiSite
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  • Library Catalogs
  • “ ..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)
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  • Scriblio scriblio.net
  • 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
  • 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