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Wordpress & Widgets

This presentation is from a workshop developed by Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media for the People in Your Neighbourhood project from the British Council in New Zealand, to enable young urban artists to produce, promote and sell their work. http://piyn.net

Published by Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media, NZ under a Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (BY-NC-SA) License. You can share, remix and republish this work for non commercial use, as long as you give attribution and publish using the same CC license.

Wordpress.com

Hosted service

Set up

Add media files

Themes

Widgets

Plugins

DIY Hosting

Goodsie

Why Wordpress?

WordPress is an open source Content Management System (CMS), often used as a blog publishing application, powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 13% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites.

Best practice publishing platform

Simple, scaleable, flexible, robust

Extensive support forums

Open source

Active development community

Easy to get going on hosted or own server space

Ranks well in Google search

Continually improving

Can embed widgets to add functionality

Wordpress Resources

Wordpress

HTML

CSS

Content

Tagging & content strategy

Writing for the web

Multimedia integration

Choose your address, topic, ten tags

Comments

Use Creative Commons licensing to encourage remixes

Creative Commons is a non-profit making organisation founded in 2001, to provide an alternative copyright system for artists in the digital millennium. On the Wikipedia entry on Creative Commons their focus is stated as 'Expansion of "reasonable", flexible copyright'. The Creative Commons Information Flyer (pdf) explains that CC Licenses are not an alternative to copyright. 'They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs'. The end result is clearly defined terms of how a work is to be used, and a growing pool of legally remixable and mashable content.

Promotion

Social Media aggregation

Management

Wordpress Community

Updating codebase

Keep plugins up to date

Antispam software

Monitor comments & stats (pageviews, most read, comes from...)

Use polls

Back up site regularly

Run security updates

Activity

1. Set up Wordpress.org site

2. Publish a post

3. Change Theme

4. Add a Twitter widget

5. Add a Paypal Donations button