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1 Using For Internet Publishing Laura Solomon Library Services Manager OPLIN

2 The agenda today: What is WordPress & some stuff about it Why OPLIN chose it Comparison to Blogger How OPLIN uses WordPress Some examples of Wordpress installs Installing and working with WordPress

3 What is WordPress?

4 What constitutes a blog? Ongoing chronicle of information Frequently updated Pieces/parts: –Main content area with posts –Archive of older posts –A way for people to leave posts –Links to other sites –One or more RSS feeds

5 Wordpress is not… Content Management System (CMS)

6 What CAN’T Wordpress do (probably)? Replace your entire web site

7 What can WordPress do? Act as a supplemental section or blog Provide additional functionality

8 Wordpress is…

9 A little background The largest self-hosting blogging tool in the world Open source Can download and customize it

10 Why WordPress?

11 Different flavors of Wordpress Hosted Local Photo courtesty of iShot71 (Flickr)

12 Hosted: “No worries, mate!”

13 DIY: Calling Bob Vila..(Local)

14 How does this compare to Blogger?


16 What’s a widget?

17 Some example widgets Active Discussions - Display posts with currently active discussion threadsActive Discussions Contact - Adds a contact form to the sidebarContact cached++ - Create a list of the latest bookmarks on a account, from its RSS cached++ Flickr Badge Widget - display your flickr photos in the sidebarFlickr Badge Widget Now Reading scroll down on that page to see the widget versionNow Reading WP Polls - a widget for WP Polls pluginWP Polls

18 Plugins


20 PodPress

21 Akismet


23 Themes

24 Before

25 After

26 How OPLIN uses WordPress


28 Other libraries Dartmouth Public Libraries West Palm Beach Public Library Phoenix Public Library Library Web Chic

29 Actually installing WordPress

30 “Famous 5-Minute Install”

31 Your new best friend!

32 What to do Install XAMPP Go to the XAMPP admin panel and open up the admin interface for Apache Click on phpMyAdmin on the left and create a new database Unzip WordPress. Put actual wordpress directory in the htdocs directory of Apache (most likely C:\xampp\htdocs) so that you end up with C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress.

33 Take a deep breath, the hard parts are over! You’re now ready to install WordPress! –Go to http://your_domain_and_path_here/wordpress http://your_domain_and_path_here/wordpress –Follow the wizard –Remember, if you have (properly!!) locked down MySQL, the username and password are not “root/no password”

34 Something else to know…

35 WordPress Resources Full list of widgets ( ) WordPress Lessons ( ) “Famous 5-Minute install” ( )

36 Video Tutorials - Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog ( ) WordPress Tutorial - How to Edit a WordPress Page ( ) Wordpress tutorial--installing on a local server ( ) Wordpress Tutorial ( )

37 Other ways to keep up with OPLIN: Twitter ( ) MySpace ( ) Facebook ( )

38 Where is this presentation? Questions?

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