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  • 1. EASY WEB SITES TOSOLVE BIG PROBLEMSHow two Wisconsin libraries used WordPressto fix web issues.Mark Beattymbeatty@wils.wisc.eduMay 2, 2013WAPL 2013
  • 2. Who we are …• Mark Beatty• WiLS• WordPress “facilitator”• Carol Wunsch• Assistant Director, Cedarburg Public Library• Pam Belden• Director, Waterford Public Library• Tricia Cox• Childrens Services Librarian, Waterford Public LibraryWAPL 2013
  • 3. What were the problems?• Web sites for smaller libraries, that they control• New site in 30 days, and no clue where to start• Reaching and communicating with new and differentaudiences• Befores and Afters• http://bit.ly/12QuYviWAPL 2013
  • 4. Sample Sites• South Wood County Historical Museum• http://www.swch-museum.com• Arlington VA• http://library.arlingtonva.us/• Topeka & Shawnee County PL• http://tscpl.org• Demo Library• http://www.wilsorama.org/demolibrary/• http://www.wilsorama.org/branchlibrary/• Waterford Library *• http://www.waterford.lib.wi.us/• Cedarburg Library• http://www.cedarburglibrary.org/• SWLS• http://swls.wordpress.com/• * transitioned in 30 daysWAPL 2013
  • 5. Why WordPress• Easy to use and update• Dynamic• Looks terrific• Interoperability• Spend your time communicating with your patrons• Not writing code• http://wordpress.org/• http://wordpress.com/WAPL 2013
  • 6. Resources• Using WordPress as a Library Content ManagementSystem• ALA Techsource, 2011• http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/733057112• Use WordPress to Build Library Web Sites• ALA Online course, $250• http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/use-wordpress-build-library-websites• Search WordPress and LibrariesWAPL 2013
  • 7. Hosting• Your own solution, get installer from WordPress.org• Local Government• Campus• Who’s doing it now• WiscNet• https://www.wiscnet.net• Commerical options• Bluehost• http://www.bluehost.com/• DreamHost• http://dreamhost.com/• 1and1• http://www.1and1.com/• LISHost• http://lishost.org• WordPress.com• http://wordpress.com/WAPL 2013
  • 8. What you can do• Themes• Responsive new solution to multiple screen sizes• http://dbooks.wplc.info• Static v. Dynamic content• Pages and posts• Widgets• Interoperability• Connecting with web services• Google, Library Reads, RSS• Plug ins• Social media connections• Increased functionality for imagesWAPL 2013
  • 9. Responsive Themes• 2011• Responsive• Catch Box• Suffusion• Business liteWAPL 2013
  • 10. Go do it!• Start up can be fast• Content population can be easy• Adding and deleting resources is easy• Changing entire look is easy• It’s dynamic so…• Don’t worry about perfect, especially day one• Concentrate on making it better and better and moreuseful every day• Your website can be a conversation between you andyour patronsWAPL 2013
  • 11. EASY WEB SITES TOSOLVE BIG PROBLEMSHow two Wisconsin libraries used WordPressto fix web issues.Mark Beattymbeatty@wils.wisc.eduMay 2, 2013WAPL 2013