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Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites

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Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites

  1. 1. Project LargoA Responsive WordPress Framework for News Websites Adam Schweigert aschweigert@gmail.com Twitter: @aschweig
  2. 2. Me • Currently: – Director of Technology for the Investigative News Network – Founder of my own consultancy, Media Toybox – Learning to play banjo • Previously: – Director of Strategy at Mindset Digital – Director of Digital at WOSU Public Media (NPR/PBS) – Director of Digital at Indiana Public Media (NPR/PBS) – Grad school at Indiana University – Undergrad at Ohio State Email: aschweigert@gmail.com Twitter: @aschweig
  3. 3. “We, representatives of nonprofit news organizations, gather at a time when investigative reporting, so crucial to a functioning democracy, is under threat. There is an urgent need to nourish and sustain the emerging investigative journalism ecosystem to better serve the public.” — The Pocantico Declaration, 2009
  4. 4. Today: 86 Members
  5. 5. Today: 86 Members http://InvestigativeNewsNetwork.org
  6. 6. The Problem • Many members have little or no dedicated technology resources • INN wants to help but we’re a small organization • Not feasible to provide one-on-one help to every member • Most members have websites, but…
  7. 7. http://LargoProject.org http://github.com/inn/largo Our Solution: Project Largo
  8. 8. Project Largo • WordPress-based – Used by more and more major news sites – Large, active community – Many third party plugins – Easy to learn – Fast and (relatively) inexpensive to develop
  9. 9. Project Largo • WordPress-based • Optimized for News Publishers
  10. 10. Project Largo • WordPress-based • Optimized for News Publishers • Responsive Design – Looks great on any device
  11. 11. Project Largo • WordPress-based • Optimized for News Publishers • Responsive design – Looks good on any device • Easy to setup, customize and extend
  12. 12. Benefits • For Publishers – Dramatically reduce cost of developing and launching a website – Remove technical barriers to allow you to focus on content • For Readers – Clean, fast-loading, beautiful reading experience on any device • For Developers – A robust toolkit for building news websites • For INN – Framework allows us to build and launch sites quickly and provide better support to our members – Common backend enables new distribution and content syndication possibilities – When INN (or a member) builds a new feature we’re better able to share with the entire network
  13. 13. Where We Are (~1 Year into the project) • About 20 sites in our network using Largo • Around 20 non-INN sites (that we know of) using the open source version • Upcoming first “public” release of the Largo framework – Design improvements – Custom landing page for projects – More flexibility for article page layouts – Better tools for customizing the look of a Largo site (without having to touch the code) • Working on better documentation • Soon: new “magazine” theme optimized for Longform
  14. 14. Contribute! Download or fork Largo on Github: http://github.com/inn/largo (Plugins other themes, etc. at: http://github/inn) Use Largo in your own project Contribute Code (or documentation) Get in Touch aschweigert@gmail.com (or: largo@investigativenewsnetwork.org)
  15. 15. Questions? Adam Schweigert aschweigert@gmail.com Twitter: @aschweig Project Largo http://LargoProject.org Github: http://github.com/inn/largo Twitter: @LargoProject Investigative News Network http://InvestigativeNewsNetwork.org Twitter: @INN

Editor's Notes

  • “87 implements, 141 functions”
  • Project Argo – designed for one purpose (single blogger, personality driven coverage of a topic of local interest)Largo is not one-size fits all
  • Project Argo – designed for one purpose (single blogger, personality driven coverage of a topic of local interest)Largo is not one-size fits all
  • Project Argo – designed for one purpose (single blogger, personality driven coverage of a topic of local interest)Largo is not one-size fits all
  • But rather several sizes fit most
  • But rather several sizes fit most
  • But rather several sizes fit most
  • But rather several sizes fit most
  • But rather several sizes fit most
  • But rather several sizes fit most

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