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Library Blogs using WordPress

Greg Sennema

Electronic Services Librarian

Wilfrid Laurier University

Session 1318


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


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









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


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


Choosing Blog software

Hosted or Installed?


Choosing Blog software (free, hosted)

Source: “Getting Started with Blogging Software”

www.idealware.org/blogging_software


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





Choosing Blog software (free, installed)

Source: “Getting Started with Blogging Software”

www.idealware.org/blogging_software


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


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/


Installing WordPress – Requirements

  • web server (virtually any!)

  • PHP version 4.2 or greater

  • MySQL version 4.0 or greater


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)


Installing WordPress – Steps


Installing WordPress – Steps


Installing WordPress – Steps


Using WordPress

  • Dashboard

  • making posts

  • writing pages

  • administration


Using WordPress


Using WordPress


Using WordPress


Using WordPress


Customizing WordPress – Themes

  • Hosted: plug and play

  • Installed: acquire, plug, tweak, and play

    • Requires understanding of CSS and PHP








Customizing WordPress – Themes

Source: wordpress.org/about







Customizing WordPress – Plugins

  • Hosted: plug and play

  • Installed: acquire, plug, tweak, and play


Customizing WordPress – Plugins

Source: codex.wordpress.org/Plugins


Customizing WordPress – Plugins


Customizing WordPress – Plugins


Customizing WordPress – Plugins


Customizing WordPress – Plugins


Customizing WordPress – Plugins


Customizing WordPress – Plugins


WordPress Resources

wordpress.org

January 2006

October 2006

August 2007

June 2006


Library Blogs using WordPress

Questions or comments?

Greg Sennema

Electronic Services Librarian

Wilfrid Laurier University

Session 1318


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