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WordPress as a CMS (short version)

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Using WordPress as a content management system in higher education, as shown at the CASE District IV conference in Austin, Texas on March 29, 2010. Be sure to grab the associated handouts:

http://sillybean.net/downloads/case/plugin-handout.pdf
http://sillybean.net/downloads/case/profile-handout.pdf
http://sillybean.net/downloads/case/feed-handout.pdf

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WordPress as a CMS (short version)

  1. 1. WordPress U Stephanie Leary Texas A&M University
  2. 2. Why WordPress?
  3. 3. Blogging vs. Content Management
  4. 4. CMS capabilities • posts vs. pages • scheduled publishing • basic workflow • easy media embedding • excellent SEO • ubiquitous feeds
  5. 5. Feeds for... • Recent posts • categories • tags • tag combinations • search results • custom taxonomies & types
  6. 6. Killer Feature
  7. 7. Posts • included in feeds • categories • tags • excerpts • comments and trackbacks • custom fields
  8. 8. Pages • not included in feeds • page parent • template • menu order • comments and trackbacks • custom fields
  9. 9. Pages * • included in feeds • categories • tags • excerpts
  10. 10. Dirty little secret: Posts are pages. Pages are posts.
  11. 11. Things that are posts • blogs • newsletters • news archives • magazines • press releases • journals • podcasts • ...
  12. 12. Things that are posts • anything you want in a feed • anything that should be organized by date
  13. 13. Things that are pages • About Us • Our Mission • Hours and Locations *
  14. 14. Things that are pages • anything that does not often change • anything that is not organized by date
  15. 15. Custom content types • Post-like: non-hierarchical • Page-like: hierarchical • Support... • title • page attributes • author • comments • content • trackbacks • thumbnails • excerpts • revisions • taxonomies
  16. 16. Theme files • posts • authors • pages • content types • date archives • individual... • categories • IDs • tags • slugs • taxonomies • author names
  17. 17. Theme/plugin hybrid can be defined in functions.php or installed as part of a plugin
  18. 18. Built-in widgets • Archives • Meta • Categories • log in/out • feed • Calendar • Recent posts • Links • Tag cloud • RSS • Text • Pages
  19. 19. Creating your own
  20. 20. 8,862* official plugins * at last count
  21. 21. Plugins can... • add widgets • provide custom fields • create template tags • create content types • modify loops • add taxonomies • create shortcodes • ... • alter user roles
  22. 22. Useful plugins
  23. 23. We wanted... • pages • a blog • subscribe to comments • a podcast • a contact form w/spam guard • a private area • users to be redirected on login
  24. 24. Users • username • IM info • name • Gravatar • email • bio • URL
  25. 25. Roles • Admin • Editor • Author • Contributor • Subscriber
  26. 26. Publish settings • Public • Password-protected • Private
  27. 27. Problems with “private” • visibility: menus • granularity: groups • privileges: roles
  28. 28. 3.0 Features • custom post types • taxonomies • page-like • category-like • post-like • backgrounds • single-type.php • new tags • author templates • the_shortlink • author-nick.php • comment_form • author-ID.php • get_template_part http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3.0
  29. 29. What’s different in multisite mode? • You can create sub-sites • Each site gets a set of db tables, its own options, etc. • Site-wide plugins and themes installed for all • Site Admin screen (and role)
  30. 30. Network Users • Can register or be invited • Can create their own sites • Can invite users to their sites • Can be assigned to existing sites without creating their own
  31. 31. Thank you. Stephanie Leary Texas A&M University uwc.tamu.edu sillybean.net

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