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Using Wordpress for Internet Publishing--TechConnections version


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Presentation given by Laura Solomon at the TechConnections conference at the State Library of Ohio on April 28. 2008.

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Using Wordpress for Internet Publishing--TechConnections version

  1. 1. Using For Internet Publishing Laura Solomon Library Services Manager OPLIN [email_address]
  2. 2. The agenda today: <ul><li>What is WordPress & some stuff about it </li></ul><ul><li>Why OPLIN chose it </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison to Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>How OPLIN uses WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of Wordpress installs </li></ul><ul><li>Installing and working with WordPress </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is WordPress?
  4. 4. What constitutes a blog? <ul><li>Ongoing chronicle of information </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently updated </li></ul><ul><li>Pieces/parts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main content area with posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive of older posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A way for people to leave posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One or more RSS feeds </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Wordpress is not… <ul><li>Content Management System </li></ul><ul><li>(CMS) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What CAN’T Wordpress do (probably)? <ul><li>Replace your entire web site </li></ul>
  7. 7. What can WordPress do? <ul><li>Act as a supplemental section or blog </li></ul><ul><li>Provide additional functionality </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wordpress is…
  9. 9. A little background <ul><li>The largest self-hosting blogging tool in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><li>Can download and customize it </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why WordPress?
  11. 11. Different flavors of Wordpress Hosted Local Photo courtesty of iShot71 (Flickr)
  12. 12. Hosted: “No worries, mate!” www.wordpress. com
  13. 13. DIY: Calling Bob Vila..(Local) www.wordpress. org
  14. 14. How does this compare to Blogger?
  15. 16. What’s a widget?
  16. 17. Some example widgets <ul><li>Active Discussions - Display posts with currently active discussion threads </li></ul><ul><li>Contact - Adds a contact form to the sidebar </li></ul><ul><li> cached++ - Create a list of the latest bookmarks on a account, from its RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr Badge Widget - display your flickr photos in the sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>Now Reading scroll down on that page to see the widget version </li></ul><ul><li>WP Polls - a widget for WP Polls plugin </li></ul>
  17. 18. Plugins
  18. 19. WP-PDA
  19. 20. PodPress
  20. 21. Akismet
  21. 22. BRAND NEW!
  22. 23. Themes
  23. 24. Before
  24. 25. After
  25. 26. How OPLIN uses WordPress
  26. 27. How OPLIN uses WordPress
  27. 28. Other libraries <ul><li>Dartmouth Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>West Palm Beach Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Phoenix Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Library Web Chic </li></ul>
  28. 29. Actually installing WordPress
  29. 30. “Famous 5-Minute Install”
  30. 31. Your new best friend! http://
  31. 32. What to do <ul><li>Install XAMPP </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the XAMPP admin panel and open up the admin interface for Apache </li></ul><ul><li>Click on phpMyAdmin on the left and create a new database </li></ul><ul><li>Unzip WordPress. Put actual wordpress directory in the htdocs directory of Apache (most likely C:xampphtdocs) so that you end up with C:xampphtdocswordpress. </li></ul>
  32. 33. Take a deep breath, the hard parts are over! <ul><li>You’re now ready to install WordPress! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to http://your_domain_and_path_here/wordpress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the wizard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember, if you have (properly!!) locked down MySQL, the username and password are not “root/no password” </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. Something else to know…
  34. 35. WordPress Resources <ul><li>Full list of widgets ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress Lessons ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Famous 5-Minute install” ( ) </li></ul>
  35. 36. Video Tutorials <ul><li> - Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress Tutorial - How to Edit a WordPress Page ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress tutorial--installing on a local server ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress Tutorial ( http:// =H1ImndT0fC8 ) </li></ul>
  36. 37. Other ways to keep up with OPLIN: <ul><li>Twitter ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook ( ) </li></ul>
  37. 38. Where is this presentation? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>