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Library Blogs using WordPress

Greg Sennema

Electronic Services Librarian

Wilfrid Laurier University

Session 1318

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Library Blogs using WordPress

  • why use a blog
  • choosing blog software
  • what is WordPress
  • installing WordPress
  • using WordPress
  • customizing WordPress – themes
  • customizing WordPress – plugins
  • WordPress resources
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Why use a Blog

  • More than just a personal story platform…
  • Organizational stories, news, highlights
  • Parse content maintenance to staff
  • Parse content into web site, make current
  • Picked up in blog search engines
  • RSS is a core function of a blog
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Choosing Blog software

  • Criteria for choosing blogging software?
  • what are the required technical skills needed to install and edit
  • what does it offer for site navigation: pages, categories
  • can posts be easily created and modified
  • can pictures and multimedia be easily uploaded
  • can posts and comments be displayed, turned on/off
  • can posts be moderated before published
  • can the blog generate RSS feeds
  • can the appearance and layout be easily changed
  • is there technical support
  • is it locally or remotely hosted
  • does it provide usage statistics
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Choosing Blog software

  • “We need to get up and running quickly, without technical skills…”
    • WordPress (hosted)
    • TypePad $
  • “We want to tailor the blog, and someone technical can help set it up,
  • but non-tech-savvy folks will be posting.”
    • Blogger
    • TypePad $
    • WordPress (installed)
  • “Our organization is pretty technical all around, and we want the most
  • flexibility in a blogging tool.”
    • WordPress (installed)
    • TextPattern
    • ExpressionEngine $

Source: “Getting Started with Blogging Software”

www.idealware.org/blogging_software

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Choosing Blog software

Hosted or Installed?

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Choosing Blog software (free, hosted)

Source: “Getting Started with Blogging Software”

www.idealware.org/blogging_software

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Choosing Blog software (free, hosted)

Blogger.com WordPress.com

  • owned by
  • appearance easily customized
  • navigation bar
  • no categories
  • large open source community
  • choose from 54 themes ($ to edit)
  • no navigation bar
  • categories
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Choosing Blog software (free, installed)

Source: “Getting Started with Blogging Software”

www.idealware.org/blogging_software

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Choosing Blog software (free, installed)

evolution WordPress.com

  • supports multiple blogs
  • appearance easily customized
  • categories
  • small (but growing) user group
  • single blog per install
  • appearance easily customized
  • categories
  • large user group
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What is WordPress

  • WordPress started in 2003 [and] has grown to be the largest self-hosted
  • blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and
  • seen by tens of millions of people every day.
  • Everything about WordPress was created by and for the community.
  • WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds
  • of people all over the world working on it (more than most commercial
  • platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your
  • cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying a license fee.
  • Large user community and completely customizable (themes and plugins)

Source: wordpress.org/about/

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Installing WordPress – Requirements

  • web server (virtually any!)
  • PHP version 4.2 or greater
  • MySQL version 4.0 or greater
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Installing WordPress – Steps

  • http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress.
      • WordPress Installed for Free
      • Things to Know Before You Begin Installing WordPress
      • The Famous 5-Minute Installation.
      • Detailed Installation Instructions
      • Common Installation Problems
      • WordPress in Your Language
      • Installing WordPress in Your Language
      • How to Install Multiple Blogs
      • How to Install WordPress Locally
      • Getting Started with WordPress (much more installation info)
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Using WordPress

  • Dashboard
  • making posts
  • writing pages
  • administration
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Customizing WordPress – Themes

  • Hosted: plug and play
  • Installed: acquire, plug, tweak, and play
    • Requires understanding of CSS and PHP
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Customizing WordPress – Themes

Source: wordpress.org/about

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Customizing WordPress – Plugins

  • Hosted: plug and play
  • Installed: acquire, plug, tweak, and play
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Customizing WordPress – Plugins

Source: codex.wordpress.org/Plugins

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WordPress Resources

wordpress.org

January 2006

October 2006

August 2007

June 2006

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Library Blogs using WordPress

Questions or comments?

Greg Sennema

Electronic Services Librarian

Wilfrid Laurier University

Session 1318

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