Project LargoA Responsive WordPress Framework
for News Websites
Adam Schweigert
aschweigert@gmail.com
Twitter: @aschweig
Me
• Currently:
– Director of Technology for the Investigative News
Network
– Founder of my own consultancy, Media Toybox
...
“We, representatives of nonprofit
news organizations, gather at a time
when investigative reporting, so
crucial to a funct...
Today: 86 Members
Today: 86 Members
http://InvestigativeNewsNetwork.org
The Problem
• Many members have little or no dedicated
technology resources
• INN wants to help but we’re a small
organiza...
http://LargoProject.org
http://github.com/inn/largo
Our Solution: Project Largo
Project Largo
• WordPress-based
– Used by more and more major news sites
– Large, active community
– Many third party plug...
Project Largo
• WordPress-based
• Optimized for News Publishers
Project Largo
• WordPress-based
• Optimized for News Publishers
• Responsive Design – Looks great on any
device
Project Largo
• WordPress-based
• Optimized for News Publishers
• Responsive design – Looks good on any
device
• Easy to s...
Benefits
• For Publishers
– Dramatically reduce cost of developing and launching a website
– Remove technical barriers to ...
Where We Are
(~1 Year into the project)
• About 20 sites in our network using Largo
• Around 20 non-INN sites (that we kno...
Contribute!
Download or fork Largo on Github:
http://github.com/inn/largo
(Plugins other themes, etc. at: http://github/in...
Questions?
Adam Schweigert
aschweigert@gmail.com
Twitter: @aschweig
Project Largo
http://LargoProject.org
Github: http://g...
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
Largo Project: A Responsive WordPress Framework For News Sites
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  • “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
  • 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

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