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An introduction to WordPress in relation to open source software and content management systems. Lecture to BA, Content Creation students at Ravensbourne College, October 2011.

An introduction to WordPress in relation to open source software and content management systems. Lecture to BA, Content Creation students at Ravensbourne College, October 2011.

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    • Introduction to WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress WordPress is the largest blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day
    • Introduction to WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress It is free to use and open-source
    • What is open-source software? Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Computer software that gives access to the source code
      • Uses a free and open source licenses (non-proprietary)
    • What is open-source software? Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Developed out of the free software movement
      • A social and political movement with the goal of ensuring software users’ basic freedoms
      • The freedom to use it, to study and change it, and to redistribute it free of charge.
    • What is open-source software? Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Free to use
      • Free to redistribute
      • Access to and modification of source code
      • Distribution of License - rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed (no overall ownership)
      • Often developed in a public, collaborative manner
    • Examples of open-source software Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
    • The Cathedral & the Bazaar Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress The Cathedral model: In which source code is available with each software release, but code developed between releases is restricted to an exclusive group of software developers. The Bazaar model: In which the code is developed over the Internet in view of the public. Two free free software development models
    • Advantages of open-source software Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Affordability - free to use, free to update
      • Perpetuity of access through open standard – sustainable
      • Interoperability - compatibility with other systems
      • Localism - cheap access to technology helps build local economies with less reliance on proprietary software
      • Can be more reliable - it potentially has thousands of independent programmers testing and fixing bugs in the software
    • Disadvantages of open-source software Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Lack of sound business model - Difficult to design a commercial business model around the open source model
      • Technical requirements may be satisfied but not the ones of the market
      • Security - may allow hackers to know the weaknesses in the software
      • Difficult to collected data concerning productivity and quality
    • Open-source software Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress In 2010 the International Intellectual Property Alliance, an influential lobby group asked the US government to consider open source as the equivalent of piracy. "Special 301" is a report that examines the "adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights" around the planet - effectively the list of countries that the US government considers enemies of capitalism. www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/feb/23/opensource-intellectual-property They requested the US Trade Representative consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India for its "Special 301 watchlist" because they use open source software.
    • Introduction to WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • An open source blog tool and publishing platform
      • Used as a content management system
      • Uses a (cloud) dashboard to administer the site
      • Users can re-arrange widgets without editing PHP or HTML code
      • Third-party plugins (like apps.) to extend functionality
      • Layout and style can be changed with the use of “Themes”
      • 1000s of themes are available free and paid for
      What is WordPress?
    • Introduction to WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • It was first released on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg
      • As of September 2009, used by 62.8 million website in the US and 202 million websites worldwide
      • Version 3.0 had been downloaded over 32.5 million times
      • Each version is named after a jazz musician - 3.2 Gershwin
      • Used by New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN
      • Has a large online community through forums
      • WordPress is used by 14.9% of all websites and 54% of CMS
      • http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all
      Info on WordPress
    • Different versions of WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Hosted and managed service
      • No need to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server.
      • “ Branded” URL like “tim.wordpress.com”
      • Limited functionality
      • Limited customisation of themes
      • Restricted use of CSS
      • Can’t use or upload plugins
      WordPress.com
    • Different versions of WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress WordPress.com
    • Different versions of WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Self-hosted - need to purchase domain name and register with a web host (charge)
      • Free to download to you computer
      • Full functionality
      • Access to thousands of third-party themes and plugins
      • Full customisation of themes
      • Complete control to change the source code
      • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run than .com
      WordPress.org
    • Different versions of WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress WordPress.org
    • Different versions of WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress WordPress.org
    • WordPress as a Content Management Systems (CMS)
      • A CMS is a collection of procedures used to manage workflow in
      • a collaborative environment.
      • The procedures are designed to:
      Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress
      • Allow for a large number of people to contribute to and share
      • stored data
      • Control access to data, based on user roles.
      • User roles define what information each user can view or edit
      • Aid in easy storage and retrieval of data
      • Reduce repetitive duplicate input
      • Improve the ease of report writing
      • Improve communication between users
      • Data can be defined as almost anything - documents, movies, pictures, phone numbers, scientific data, etc
      • Data stored on a database using (open source):
      Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress Database Code Server WordPress as a Content Management Systems (CMS)
      • Data requested and retrieved
      Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress WordPress as a Content Management Systems (CMS)
    • Introduction to WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress Some links: Smashing magazine: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/ http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/ WordPress themes: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ WordPress plugins: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ Best WordPress plugins: http://thebestwordpressplugins.com/
    • Introduction to WordPress Tim Riley – An introduction to WordPress Let’s get started!