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    You Can Run a Website: CMS for the Library Layman You Can Run a Website: CMS for the Library Layman Presentation Transcript

    • 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.
    • Step 3: Choose a CMS Content Management System∞ Wordpress∞ Drupal∞ Joomla∞ Other, smaller, online options.
    • 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 .
    • Wordpress Dashboard
    • Manage Themes
    • Spring for Custom Themes
    • Or Edit Existing Ones
    • 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.
    • Our Drupal Site
    • 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/)
    • Joomla!
    • Libraries Using Joomla!∞ Dekalb County Library (http://www.dekalblibrary.org/)∞ Greene County Library (http://www.greenelibrary.info/)∞ Tyngsboroguh Public Library (http://www.tynglib.org/)
    • Bonus Tip: Graphic Design
    • 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.
    • QuestionsThese slides will be available on my website: Learnitforyou.com/presentationsFeel free to e-mail me with any questions at vreynolds@rcls.org Thank you!