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You Can Run a Website: CMS for the Library Layman


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  • 1. The Advantages∞ Get your websites back into your hands.∞ Control your updates.∞ Experiment at will.∞ Be empowered!∞ Gain new skills.
  • 2. Disadvantage: Support∞ Massive online communities∞ Communicate with other libraries∞ Choose a host with excellentcustomer service reviews.∞ Anticipate occasional downtimewhen working through issues.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Step 3: Choose a CMS Content Management System∞ Wordpress∞ Drupal∞ Joomla∞ Other, smaller, online options.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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 .
  • 8. Wordpress Dashboard
  • 9. Manage Themes
  • 10. Spring for Custom Themes
  • 11. Or Edit Existing Ones
  • 12. More Libraries with Wordpress Sites •Monroe County Public Library ( ) •Cranbury Public Library ( ) •Troy Public Library •( ) These sites all have: -information the public wants (phone number, hours, upcoming programs and catalog) -clean and simple look
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. Our Drupal Site
  • 17. Drupal Mechnics∞ Modules∞ Blocks∞ Menus∞ Blogging with WYSIWYG
  • 18. Other Libraries with Drupal∞ New York Public Library (∞ Denver Public Library (∞ Homewood Public Library (∞ Kinderhook Public Library (
  • 19. Joomla!
  • 20. Libraries Using Joomla!∞ Dekalb County Library (∞ Greene County Library (∞ Tyngsboroguh Public Library (
  • 21. Bonus Tip: Graphic Design
  • 22. 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 to download lots of great free fonts.
  • 23. QuestionsThese slides will be available on my website: free to e-mail me with any questions at Thank you!