Monday, March 23, 2009

WordPress as a CMS

Thursday March 26th, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Central Time

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Karen A. Coombs serves as the Head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Her duties include development and maintenance of the libraries’ web site and virtual presence for 35,000 plus students, faculty and staff. She has presented at many national conferences including ALA Annual, LITA Forum, and Internet Librarian; she has written articles for Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, Library Hi Tech, and Journal of Academic Librarianship. With Jason Griffey , she is the co-author of the book Library Blogging. She is past-chair of the LITA Special Interest Group for Blogs, Wikis and interactive media, a member of the LITA Top Technology Trends panel, and the author of the Library Web Chic weblog.

Do you have a small library or association website that needs to be managed and most of your content contributors know little or no HTML? Think a full fledged content management system like Joomla or Drupal is too much to take on? Then Wordpress as a CMS might be for you.

Wordpress is on open source blogging tool, used by libraries, associations and other organizations to run their blogs. However, it also includes functionality such as Pages, Links, and Media Management, which make it capable of supporting small to mid-sized websites. By adding plugins, Wordpress can be extended to support the content on most library websites:
  • News
  • Events
  • Database Lists
  • Book Reviews
Unlike many CMSs, Wordpress has a low learning curve, which enables library staff to easily contribute and maintain contente. Additionally, extending its functionality via plugins is simple. Come to this session and learn the tools, tips and tricks to creating a library website using Wordpress.

Relevant Resources:

Plugins
Themes
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
  • http://www.templatesbrowser.com/wordpress-themes
Libraries Using Wordpress as a CMS

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George Plumley said...

WordPress is an excellent choice for a CMS and its development is moving more in that direction.

One of its biggest strengths is the way the Plugins work - they're easy to install and almost as important, they're easy to uninstall. And the templating system WP uses makes upgrading far easier than most other open source software I've worked with - changes to the core don't affect your structure.

And the documentation for WP is unmatched - including video tutorial sites, like my own at http://www.seehowtwo.com.

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