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Using WordPress as a Training Tool

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WordPress can be an effective training and knowledge sharing tool with multiple users, from editors and contributors who are capable of editing content to end users or other administrators.

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Using WordPress as a Training Tool

  1. 1. USING WORDPRESS AS A TRAINING TOOL Reno-Tahoe WordCamp 2009 Michelle Montoya http://michellereno.com | @michellereno
  2. 2. WHAT IS WORDPRESS? WordPress is an open source package  that can complete the same tasks as a high budget commercial Content Management System (CMS). Easily handles search engine optimization, portal  development, content management, response systems, permissions-based reading, and more. Plugins help customize WordPress and communicate  with other websites, business applications, and news services.
  3. 3. HOW TO CREATE A WORDPRESS WEBSITE Seven ( 7) Simple Steps  Create domain name: http://www.domaintools.com/ 1. Register domain: http://register.com, http://NetworkSolutions.com, 2. http://www.domjax.com/ Find hosting provider: http://www.thehostingguide.com/ 3. Install WordPress: Use Fantastico to automatically install 4. Upload WordPress theme: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ 5. Modify the theme: Edit images, fonts, etc. 6. Add plugins: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ 7.
  4. 4. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POSTS & PAGES Posts  Listed in reverse chronological order  on the blog home page or on the posts page (if you have one) Can be found in the Archives,  Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets and are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog Pages  Fixed / static and a good option to  publish information that doesn’t change much (like an “About” page) Appear in the Pages widget and in  tabs across the top of some themes and are not associated with a date/time
  5. 5. USING WORDPRESS TO COMMUNICATE Many options for sharing  information with others Create posts and pages for  others to read  Allow comments to exchange ideas Using the various user  profiles (roles and capabilities), administrator controls who can post, edit, reply, or delete posts and pages
  6. 6. ROLES AND CAPABILITIES Create multiple users to share information  Administrator - Has access to all administration  features Editor - Can publish posts, manage posts, and manage  other people's posts, etc. Author - Can publish and manage their own posts  Contributor - Can write and manage own posts but can  not publish posts Subscriber - Can read comments, can comment, can  receive news letters, etc.
  7. 7. SITEMAP FOR TRAINING WEBSITE Home Page – Include select  number of blog posts, archives, search bar, link to social media applications (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) About Page – Explain purpose of  training, mission / vision statement Project Schedule / Calendar  Page – Show deadlines, important dates, training details, etc. Users / Trainers Page – Link to  individual blogs / websites
  8. 8. HOW TO USE PLUGINS Plugins extend and expand WP functionality  Find additional plugins in WP’s plugin directory  Find, download, rate, and comment on all the plugins the  WordPress community has to offer Over 4,200 plugins currently available to modify your  website to fit your needs http://wordpress.org/  extend/plugins/
  9. 9. PLUGIN: ROLE MANAGER Role Manager plugin allows administrator to define  and manage multiple subscriber profiles and create new roles and capabilities. http://www.im-web-gefunden.de/wordpress-plugins/role-  manager/
  10. 10. PLUGINS: CALENDARS Several plugins exist for adding a  calendar Google has a plugin to integrate your Google calendar  http://code.google.com/p/wpng-calendar/downloads/list  Events-Calendar is a plugin that displays a big calendar  but lets you add a small calendar to the main sidebar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/events-calendar/  Calendar for WordPress plugin lets you manage events  from your dashboard http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/calendar/  WP-Cal is a calendar plugin with “events” independent  from “posts” http://www.fahlstad.se/wp-plugins/wp-cal/ 
  11. 11. PLUGIN: SCHOLARPRESS COURSEWARE ScholarPress Courseware enables you to add and edit  a schedule, create a bibliography and assignments, and manage general course information. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/scholarpress-courseware/ 
  12. 12. PLUGIN: CIMY USER EXTRA FIELDS Allows administrator to modify the  restricted and predefined fields that are available in the registered users profile Lets administrators add as many new  fields as are needed to the users' profile Useful to gather information, including  biography, image, websites, and other services (Flickr, YouTube, SlideShare, etc.) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cimy-  user-extra-fields/
  13. 13. A GOOD WEBSITE SHOULD… Be easy for others to access information  Encourage participation among users  Be easy for administrator to manage 
  14. 14. THE END… FINALLY!! Thank you! Questions? Connect with me online: http://michellereno.com http://twitter.com/michellereno http://linkedin.com/in/michellereno

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