What you will get from us – we are not “experts” We’ll share out experiences going through this process of setting up wikis and blogs, hopefully you can take something away that’s useful to you
Refer to the “Your Wiki, Your Blog: Outcomes to Success” handout
“ The key difference to keep in mind is that a true wiki is actively collaborative, that is, anyone can edit the document at any point in the document, whether that is to insert a comma, strike a sentence, or add an additional page. Blogs tend to function more like monologues, or pronouncements from the author(s) to which readers may append their own comments without the ability to alter the original blog text.” Refer to Handout Q: All my docs are in the shared drive. why bother with a wiki? A: wiki more fluid - like being able to hyperlink word docs, work on anywhere, version control. Q: Is it worth learning? Will they just phase out? IS it worth the time investment? A: Wikis are an exponential leap in how we produce, organize and store information. Remember moving from the card catalog to online catalogs? From typewriters to word processors? From no computers to dumb terminals to desktop PCs with floppy drives? We can expect to see changes in wiki software; I suspect we are at the 5 1/4&quot; floppy stage right now.
Talk about the Cannell Policy that’s in their packet.
Examples of the most popular free web-based blogs Very little technical knowledge required
Can’t have your own domain name Limited control over how much you can customize the look and feel (show the web-based cannellblog.wordpress.com) Wordpress – space is unlimited for text and comments, but it is limited for files and images – currently 50MB total More space can be purchased. Software upgrades and moves to a different server could disrupt your service If wordpress is bought by some large company, you can’t predict what will happen to your blog…
Webserver – a separate computer that is connected to the internet and accessible to everybody. No special requirements as far as hardware is concerned – any typical server will do. Space requirements are minimal for the blog to run – about 5 – 10 megs. Using lots of files images, and media files will require lots of storage space. Either the paid account like dreamhost or your IT department will provide you that space. Need to know basic concepts of how computers and software operate. Ability to read and understand technical documentation.
I wouldn’t even call these disadvantages. These are just the minimum basic things that are required. Costs are minimal. Hundreds of providers to choose from. Technical knowledge is minimal. Just understanding the concepts of files/folders and transferring files using FTP. Blogging software needs to be upgraded once in a while
More control over customization, look and feel. Wordpress – you can customize pretty much all the files. Can modify and customize anything in the wordpress engine itself. Constant domain name. People will always be coming to the same link.
Hundreds of hosting providers are available out there You need to decide what your requirements are and then select a hosting service that will fulfill those requirements Brief overview of the dreamhost hosting plans Brief overview of the dreamhost management panel
Download the latest distribution from wordpress.org While creating new database, need to note down database name, host name, username and password Wp_config.php is located in the unzipped wordpress folder
Once the new theme is enabled, I will create a new post and then will go into the file editor and show them how to display author’s name on the post. Before displaying the author’s name, need to change back to the default theme.
These are documentation links I learned almost everything about wordpress from this documentation
Refer to handout, “Considering a public blog? Tips for Success” Make a distinction between blogs used by a few staff, private, and blogs open to the public.
Review differences between wikis and blogs – roxanne’s example of using blog using a wiki. Took – formatting – blog not set up to do formatting; wiki has formatting options.
Think in outline format rather than paragraphs. Hierarchy Wikis have style guides to help standardize organization.
Hands-on: participants set up their own wiki?
Create their own wiki in pb wiki. Ask volunteer to come up and show what they created. They win the 2 nd pbwiki gold membership.
Requirements Webserver (webspace) Serverside software (php, MySQL) Basic technical knowledge Disadvantages Costs (dreamhost is about $10/mo) Technical expertise Software upgrades Advantages More control and flexibility Your own domain name (school/institution domain) No risk of being closed down
Just follow these steps… Install.php is located in the unzipped root folder Local.php is located in the conf folder on the server Need to download it first, then modify, then upload back to the server
Wikis and Blogs More than cool toys – essential tools for libraries PORTALS Continuing Education May 11, 2007