30 Things we love about self-hosted multisite Wordpress

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Presentation by Kathryn Greenhill, Curtin University and Sue Cook, CSIRO for the ALIA Information Online Conference 1 February 2011 - Flexible, customisable and good looking: multiple uses for Wordpress MU in two Australian Libraries.

The paper can be downloaded from:
http://www.information-online.com.au

ABSTRACT: Flexible, customisable and good looking: multiple uses for Wordpress MU in two Australian Libraries.

Kathryn Greenhill Special Services Librarian, Cottesloe-Peppermint Grove-Mosman Park Library
Sue Cook Information Specialist, CSIRO

Wordpress MU (Multiuser) is Open Source software that at its simplest is a blogging platform that allows a number of users to run several different blogs on the one database installation. WordpressMU is also sophisticated and customisable enough to be used as a fully fledged Content Management System or to create an entire social networking platform.

This paper describes two case studies of Wordpress MU used to provide very different solutions in two different libraries. Neither library used the platform to create blogs as the layperson understands them - reflective online journals. The paper outlines how and why the platform was chosen, decisions about hosting and the stakeholder negotiations required to have the solution accepted within the organisations. It describes the necessary customisation decisions and how these diverged with the different purposes.

The first case study involves a scientific research library service with technologically sophisticated, widely dispersed users who required an up-to-date current awareness service from multiple contributors. The second case-study involves a public library with a very simplistic and rigid website that was hosted by a design company and a need to formalise communication procedures before the move to a new library building made it much harder for staff to share information.

The paper also describes how the development of the new services were used as an opportunity to identify staff training requirements and introduce the potential of tools such as RSS, Yahoo Pipes, Netvibes, Twitter and Flickr to enhance the information in the Wordpress MU installations.

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30 Things we love about self-hosted multisite Wordpress

  1. 2. 1. WPMU solved a bunch of problems
  2. 4. 50 different ways of delivering current awareness
  3. 5. “ One CSIRO” = One Current Awareness service
  4. 12. New website for new building
  5. 15. TheGroveLibrary.com
  6. 16. “ Stick your head in the back room and yell” would no longer work
  7. 18. So many shortcuts to update on every staff PC desktop
  8. 21. Planning Searchable knowledgebank Communication - with each other - for other staff Managing a jobshare
  9. 24. 2. Flexible themes
  10. 25. ...no worry when website went live
  11. 29. ...seamless corporate branding
  12. 33. 3. We can customise the appearance without knowing CSS or programming
  13. 35. Same theme
  14. 36. Different settings. Radio buttons
  15. 41. 4. It’s a database
  16. 44. 5. Data in
  17. 46. External search page in <iframe> element
  18. 48. 6. Data out
  19. 51. 7. RSS feeds on everything
  20. 53. 8. We’re not lonely
  21. 54. http://wordpress.org/download/counter/ 16 January 2011
  22. 55. http://wordpress.org/download/counter/ 24 January 2011
  23. 57. 9. Strong, findable documentation
  24. 59. 10. Developers talk to us – and do things for us
  25. 61. 11. Help is at hand
  26. 62. 12. Search integrated
  27. 64. SEARCH BOX
  28. 65. 13. Same backend with flexible frontend
  29. 67. 14. Don’t pay a design firm for every little change
  30. 68. 15. Don’t need FrontPage or Dreamweaver for every little change
  31. 69. 16. Many people can collaborate
  32. 70. 17. Just one login for many sites
  33. 71. 18. Integration with corporate authentication system
  34. 75. 19. No expensive licences
  35. 76. 20. Easy to change single site Wordpress to multisite Wordpress
  36. 78. 21. Playspace easy to make
  37. 80. 22. It holds our hands
  38. 83. 23. One-click upgrades
  39. 85. 24. Upgrades improve things, not put things where you can’t find them
  40. 86. 25. Plugins help expand, but keep upgrade simple
  41. 87. to
  42. 88. 26. Webforms with email output plugin
  43. 89. Cforms
  44. 91. 27. We get transferable skills
  45. 92. 28. Administer many sites with one action
  46. 93. One database storing all data
  47. 94. One backup
  48. 95. One lot of upgrading
  49. 96. 29. Sites can be passworded and private
  50. 97. 30. One click for a totally new site
  51. 104. Media credits <ul><li>Trotman, K. (2006). Time Warp . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/314372109/ </li></ul><ul><li>Fancisco (2008). Image of heart and sky http://monte.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/cuore.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Ostrosky, C. (2007). Selling on the road I . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ostrosky/477530674/ </li></ul><ul><li>carlosluis. (2006). Water On My Hands . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/paseodelsur/111784308/ </li></ul><ul><li>Elliott, K. (2007). In My Backpack . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/katej/1043510993/ </li></ul><ul><li>Semark, S. (2010). Image of Wordpress with hearts. http://triggersandsparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/wordpress-love.png </li></ul><ul><li>Lewis, A. (2004). Smiley Face . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/greyarea/1473/ </li></ul><ul><li>Cox, J. (2007). The Good, The Bad, The Tasty . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaycoxfilm/397420791/ </li></ul><ul><li>Schu. (2008). No, thank you! . Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/litandmore/2279869599/ </li></ul>

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