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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 ...

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 30 Things we love about self-hosted multisite Wordpress Presentation Transcript

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  • 1. WPMU solved a bunch of problems
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  • 50 different ways of delivering current awareness
  • “ One CSIRO” = One Current Awareness service
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  • New website for new building
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  • TheGroveLibrary.com
  • “ Stick your head in the back room and yell” would no longer work
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  • So many shortcuts to update on every staff PC desktop
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  • Planning Searchable knowledgebank Communication - with each other - for other staff Managing a jobshare
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  • 2. Flexible themes
  • ...no worry when website went live
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  • ...seamless corporate branding
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  • 3. We can customise the appearance without knowing CSS or programming
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  • Same theme
  • Different settings. Radio buttons
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  • 4. It’s a database
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  • 5. Data in
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  • External search page in <iframe> element
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  • 6. Data out
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  • 7. RSS feeds on everything
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  • 8. We’re not lonely
  • http://wordpress.org/download/counter/ 16 January 2011
  • http://wordpress.org/download/counter/ 24 January 2011
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  • 9. Strong, findable documentation
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  • 10. Developers talk to us – and do things for us
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  • 11. Help is at hand
  • 12. Search integrated
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  • SEARCH BOX
  • 13. Same backend with flexible frontend
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  • 14. Don’t pay a design firm for every little change
  • 15. Don’t need FrontPage or Dreamweaver for every little change
  • 16. Many people can collaborate
  • 17. Just one login for many sites
  • 18. Integration with corporate authentication system
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  • 19. No expensive licences
  • 20. Easy to change single site Wordpress to multisite Wordpress
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  • 21. Playspace easy to make
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  • 22. It holds our hands
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  • 23. One-click upgrades
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  • 24. Upgrades improve things, not put things where you can’t find them
  • 25. Plugins help expand, but keep upgrade simple
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  • 26. Webforms with email output plugin
  • Cforms
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  • 27. We get transferable skills
  • 28. Administer many sites with one action
  • One database storing all data
  • One backup
  • One lot of upgrading
  • 29. Sites can be passworded and private
  • 30. One click for a totally new site
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