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WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
WordPress In the Enterprise - East Bay WordPress Meetup
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  • 1. Technology Hotspot & Salon Enterprise Websites with WordPress Multisite East Bay WordPress Meetup Anca Mosoiu,Tech Liminal July 15, 2012268 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 | Open 9:30 - 7 Monday - Friday | Drop-in co-working space, workshops and technology services | More info: http://www.techliminal.com Content in this presentation is Copyright (c) 2012 Tech Liminal. CC-Share-Alike. Feel free to use stuff from this presentation, but leave a link to Tech Liminal
  • 2. Introduction Anca Tech Liminal • Web Developer • Technology Hotspot & Salon • Information Architect • Co-Working • 15 years of experience in • Workshops, Conferences technology & marketing orgs • Expert, friendly help with web & • Enterprise apps + websites social media anca@techliminal.com www.techliminal.com Content © 2011, Tech Liminal
  • 3. Overview• What do you mean by Enterprise?• WordPress as a portal• Case Studies www.techliminal.com 3 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 4. Enterprise!• Lots of people (>150) • Departments / siloes• Communication and standards directives• Ownership and responsibility • Laws / (Sarbanes Oxley) • IT www.techliminal.com 4 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 5. Siloes...• Each Department has their own resources / budget• They might have to use a single IT provider• But may be allowed to host content (marketing) outside the corporate firewall.• They don’t want other people in their stuff www.techliminal.com 5 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 6. What Enterprise Users Want• Ability to change their own websites• Single-Signon• User-Friendly• Ownership, permissions, and process • I don’t want those HR people to touch my stuff! Control, Process, Support www.techliminal.com 6 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 7. IT Concerns• Hosting - Most Enterprise-level organizations are not on LAMP, but many have the ability to set it up• WordPress MultiSite uses a medium amount of resources (must have its own VPS internally)• Require Robust service contracts, insurance• Off-site hosting (WordPress VIP, etc)• Security (sensitive enterprise data)• Access to corporate data behind the firewall • People Search • ERP systems www.techliminal.com 7 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 8. Legal• I am not a lawyer ... • Sarbanes Oxley - requires well-documented process for handling financial information, makes CEO personally liable for accounting inaccuracies • Customer data privacy • Contracts (especially support) www.techliminal.com 8 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 9. Why WordPress?
  • 10. So Why WordPress?• Many people in marketing / communication departments like it (and know how to use it) • Quick “microsites” for product launches, marketing launches• WordPress Multisite for larger-scale sites where departments want to collaborate • Each Site can be owned by a department • Each department can have a different layout, but similar branding (theme framework) • Aggregate at the top-level site• Integrate w/ corporate data systems www.techliminal.com 10 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 11. Case StudiesWordPress Intranet
  • 12. The Solution Aggregate Feeds from otherannouncements from tools and areas all site areas Aggregate eventspostings from all site areas www.techliminal.com
  • 13. The IntranetConsistent look for allsite areas - This is the PR Dashboard More feeds - useful for PR teamLots of link to internal content www.techliminal.com
  • 14. Site Areas • Each Site Area = 1 Site • Specific set of people to update, maintain • Some have their own blogs (+ pages) • Same look and feel, standardized widget placement • Combined through Navigation Menu Custom Development (Menu Integration) www.techliminal.com
  • 15. This Week’s Events • Feature is intended to replace weekly emails • Aggregate content from within site areas • Custom content type development www.techliminal.com
  • 16. Contributors, Authors • Employees are assigned roles on sites (subscriber, contributor, author) • Co-Authors Plus plugin to allow multiple owners for content • Gravity Forms for custom data collection • Google Apps / Forms / Calendar www.techliminal.com
  • 17. Things we had to customize • One Menu made up multiple primary menus • Retrieve posts from multiple sites (not through RSS) • switch_to_blog = not good • Integration w/ People Search functionality (REST API) • Google Calendar Integration www.techliminal.com
  • 18. Lessons Learned• Plan for the hosting very early• Find champions for the WordPress site within the organization• Train developers to be self-sufficient • Internal culture that allows development = good• Nothing that “called home” was allowed inside the firewall (so no automatic upgrades) www.techliminal.com 18 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal
  • 19. Questions?• anca@techliminal.com www.techliminal.com 19 Content © 2012, Tech Liminal

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