The Advantages∞ Get your websites back into your hands.∞ Control your updates.∞ Experiment at will.∞ Be empowered!∞ Gain new skills.
Disadvantage: Support∞ Massive online communities∞ Communicate with other libraries∞ Choose a host with excellentcustomer service reviews.∞ Anticipate occasional downtimewhen working through issues.
Step 1: Domain Name∞ Who owns your current domainname?∞ Get all the account information.∞ Stick with your original domainname unless it’s very confusing oryour library name has changed.
Step 2: Choose a Host∞ Bewildering amount of choices.∞ Read reviews carefully.∞ Choose a plan that seems reasonable foryour library.∞ Look for features like the Fantasticobutton that make installing a CMS easier.
Web-based Point WYSIWYG∞ Many companies online specialize ineasy to customize websites.∞ Squarespace, Weebly, Wix are just afew.∞ Check device compatibility. i.e. Flashbased sites won’t work on iPads.
Wordpress∞ Light, simple, easy to use and install.∞ Best for small libraries with limited content and updates.∞ Perfect for other small websites like friends groups and teen centers.∞ Can be used for blogging .
More Libraries with Wordpress Sites •Monroe County Public Library (http://www.keyslibraries.org/ ) •Cranbury Public Library (http://www.cranburypubliclibrary.org/ ) •Troy Public Library •( http://www.thetroylibrary.org/ ) These sites all have: -information the public wants (phone number, hours, upcoming programs and catalog) -clean and simple look
Drupal and Joomla∞ Best for libraries with a lot of content.∞ Open source (free like a puppy, but morecustomizable).∞ Huge communities for support∞ Endlessly adaptable.
Drupal vs. Joomla• Debates rage across the internet.• Both are working on becoming increasingly user-friendly.• Both have great communities.• Drupal is often said to be more secure.• Joomla is said to be more user friendly.
I <3 Drupal∞ In 2009, the ALA Techsource posted a blog entry asking ‘Can Libraries Rock Drupal’ ∞My answer? Yes. Yes, we can. ∞It helps to know HTML. ∞And have a little bit of patience.
Drupal Mechnics∞ Modules∞ Blocks∞ Menus∞ Blogging with WYSIWYG
Other Libraries with Drupal∞ New York Public Library (http://www.nypl.org/)∞ Denver Public Library (http://denverlibrary.org/)∞ Homewood Public Library (http://homewoodpubliclibrary.org)∞ Kinderhook Public Library (http://www.oklibrary.org/)
You can be a Graphic Designer∞ Can’t afford Photoshop? Download GIMP, an open source picture editor. ∞Or use the new picture editing options in Microsoft Office 2007 or later.∞ Check with your vendors for copyright on cover art.∞ Go to dafont.com to download lots of great free fonts.
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