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  • Tao Gao – IT Consultant / Web Administrator, SCSL Catherine Buck Morgan – Information Technology Director, SCSL April 16, 2007 Using a CMS to Build Community Rhumba with Joomla!
  • Agenda
    • Why Joomla?
    • Case Study – South Carolina State Library
    • Joomla in a Nutshell
  • Why Joomla?
    • What are the Benefits?
    • Open Source
    • It’s Easy to Install, Use, Manage and Reliable
      • Joomla vs. Drupal
      • Joomla vs. Blogs
    • Separation of Content and Form
    • Portable
    • Extendable
    • Strong Support Communities
    • Who’s Using it?
    • Government Agencies
      • SC IT Directors Asso .
    • Commercial Businesses
      • Porsche Brazil
    • Non-Profit Organizations
      • United Nations RIC
  • CMS Comparison
    • Comparison Metrics
      • A tool to compare up to 10 content management systems at once. http://www.cmsmatrix.org/matrix
    • Google Search Trend
  • Case Study: SCSL
  • Library Background
    • South Carolina State Library provides, advances and promotes library services and equal access to information for all South Carolinians through:
      • Services to Libraries
      • Services to State Employees
      • Services to Citizens with Disabilities
      • Services to General Public
  • Why a Redesign
    • Before:
  • Why a Redesign?
    • Issues
      • Static HTML
      • Table-based Layout
      • Basic Perl Scripts (i.e. Contact forms)
      • Outdated Content
      • Incoherent Navigation
      • Inconsistent Style and Structure
      • Graphically Unappealing
      • Lack of Interactivity
      • Several Hundred Scattered Pages and Growing Rapidly
  • Redesign Goals
    • What We Wanted
      • Standards Compliant Design (Section 508)
      • Intuitive Navigation
      • Separation of Content and Form
      • Staff Collaboration
      • Site-Wide Search
      • Online Job Submissions
      • Community Oriented
      • RSS Feeds
  • Redesign Process
    • Phase I: Plan
      • Redesign Proposal, Sept. 2004
      • Conducted Online User and In-House User Surveys
        • Mar. – Apr. 2005. 227 responses
      • Review of Current Content
      • Lessons Learned
        • Used SurveyMonkey to poll our users about the current website. Most useful feedback came from open-ended questions.
        • Decided to have people who were not familiar with the subject areas review key content areas. Worked well. Fresh eyes.
        • Needed a Well-Qualified & Dedicated Team
          • Project Manger, Creative Graphic Designer, Web Developer with CSS and PHP Experience, Content Developer
  • Redesign Process
    • Phase II: Design
      • Agency Re-Branding, Feb. 2005
      • Interface Design and Review
      • Process Stalls…
      • Lessons Learned
        • Graphic designer did not have an understanding of the business case
          • Result: Mock-up still presented a flat website design
        • Who was the Project Manager??
  • Redesign Process
    • Phase III: Development
      • Content Audit and Review (Summer 2005)
      • Explore CMS Options
      • Find Outside Host Server for Development (Nov. 2005)
      • Joomla Learning Curve
      • Translate Graphical Interface to Joomla Templates
      • Content Migration
      • Identify and Incorporate Desired Functionality
      • Continued to Maintain and Update Static Site
  • Redesign Process
    • Phase V: Deployment and Evolution
      • Staff to review website, June 2006
      • New website goes live, July 2006
      • Site moved to new in-house server, Aug. 2006
      • Evaluate
      • Growth and Refinement
      • Lessons Learned
        • Few staff reviewed the site
        • Day 1: Where? Why? BUT kudos for website from state and beyond
        • CMS makes it easier to evaluate depth of content
        • Send web administrator to China for a month 
  • Website Evolution
    • After:
  • Website Stakeholders
    • Before
      • Homepage Committee
      • PR Committee
      • Web Administrator
    • After
      • 2 Web Managers
      • 25 Authors
      • 326 Registered Members; 130 Not Yet Approved
        • Special Invitation to CIL Attendees
  • It’s All About the People
    • I'm the IT Manager at SOLINET (a library
    • network in Atlanta).  One of my co-workers
    • sent me the link to your new site as we are
    • currently looking at redesigning our site and
    • I'm always looking for ideas. 
    • Your site looks great and you've included lots
    • of great features.  I was impressed by your
    • blog posting than mentioned you were able to
    • do this in just 9 months.  I think that's
    • impressive.
    • - IT Manager, SOLINET
    • I love being able to add my own content to the
    • website, especially parts that update frequently
    • such as the New Resources.
    • - Amanda Stone
    • Reference Librarian
    • The remarks were made earlier today by
    • a blind friend.  She uses the Internet
    • heavily but uses a quite old version of
    • JAWS running on a 5-year-old PC with
    • Windows 2000 operating system.  I
    • thought you would be pleased to know
    • how easy it was for her to navigate.
    • - Reference Librarian
    • Greenville County
    • The ease of adding news and links has
    • encouraged me to be more proactive in
    • searching for content to add to our website.
    • I am very happy with the new web site, and
    • find it easy to add content.
    • - Kecia Greer
    • TBS Reader’s Advisor
    • Your site was easy to access and explore
    • links!!!
    • - Library Patron
  • Joomla in a Nutshell
  • Easy Installation
    • Our Server Specs:
    • Software
      • PHP
      • MySQL
      • Joomla 1.02
      • Apache Server
      • XAMPP
      • Windows Server 2003
    • Hardware
      • CPU: Dual Xeon ® 2.8 GHz
      • RAM: 2GB 400MHz DDR2
      • Storage: 36GB x 4 (RAID 5)
      • Tape Backup
    • Download Latest Joomla!
    • Prepare MySQL Database
    • Unzip and Upload Files to Server
    • Browser Install
  • Template Design
    • Joomla Template Elements
      • Index.php
      • template_css.css
      • Images
      • templateDetails.xml
    • Joomla Template Flexibilities
      • Movable Boxes
      • Easy to Customize UI (User Interface)
  • Working with Content
    • Static Content
      • Assign Ownership
      • Instruct Staff in Adding Content (WYSIWYG)
    • Active Content
      • Sections, Categories and Content Items
      • User Submission Process
      • Review and Approval
  • User Contributed Content
    • WYSIWYG editor
      • Users Don’t Need to Know HTML
      • Pre-defined Content Formatting
    • Website Administration
      • Separation of Content and Form
      • Reinforcing Accessibility Guidelines
      • File Handling
      • Image Management
  • Joomla Extensions
    • Extensions
      • Templates
        • A templates defines the layout of your Joomla web site Front-end
      • Components
        • Components are core elements of Joomla’s functionality.
      • Modules
        • Modules are small content items that can be displayed anywhere that your template allows them to be displayed.
    Administrator Control Panel In Joomla Administrator Control Panel, you can install Components, Modules and Templates easily.
  • Community Building Tools
    • Joomla and Library 2.0
      • Member Profiles
      • Discussion Forums
      • Calendar
      • RSS Feeds
      • Tag Clouds
      • Event Registration Management
      • Blogs
      • Groups
      • Photo Galleries
      • Book Reviews
      • More…
  • Community Building
    • Identify Targeted Groups and Interests
    • Listen to User Input
    • Offer Valuable Services That Are Easy to Use
    • Train Community Users
    • Have Fun!
  • Questions? For discussions, additional information and updated slides, visit Joomla in Libraries . com