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Using WordPress to Build Library Websites eCourse

The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide

The ever awesome Amanda Goodman (Darien PL, CT) and I will be offering another round of our popular 6-week online WordPress course starting in February 2014.  Using WordPress to Build Library Websites  is offered through ALA Editions.

And the really big news is that about the same time, Amanda’s new book, The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide, will be coming out!  What perfect timing.  You can read excerpts from her book here, here and here.

We hope you’ll join us for the ecourse and check out the great examples and resources in Amanda’s book.

WordPress 3.6 is (finally) here

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” has been due out for several months. And today, it’s here. Check out this short video for an overview.

Some new features?

  • Native audio & video support – just paste in a URL and you’re done.
  • Nice revision comparison feature.
  • Great auto-save that will protect you from yourself!
  • Post locking in case more than one person is editing at the same time.
  • And an improved menu creation interface.

And what’s next? Version 3.7 is due in October and 3. 8 by December. And the new Twenty Fourteen default theme is rumored to be a magazine style theme with features you’d expect in a commercial theme. (State of the Word: WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 Out Soon)

Who Loves WordPress?

Who Loves WordPress, Lots of people!

It comes as no surprise to me, but more and more organizations are using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for their websites.

Thanks to JD Thomas from the WordPress & Librarians group for pointing out these infographics based on info from Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at WordCamp San Francisco this past weekend.  (Really great examples of infographics as well!)

Most Popular Content Management Systems Of 2013

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.


And another 0ne

WordPress Infographic For 2013

WordPress Brute Force Attacks

Just in case you haven’t heard about this in the news, there’s a nasty flare of attacks on WordPress and Joomla sites going on.

Things you can do:

  • If your login password is admin – CHANGE IT NOW!
  • Likewise, beef up your password. Really, make it un-guessable.
  • Install something to slow down a hacker trying to guess their way into your site. Limit Login Attempts is a handy security plugin that does just what it says. (though this isn’t totally foolproof)
  • Keep your WP install up to date.
  • Find out if your hosting company is doing anything to help prevent attacks.
  • Read and follow the advice in the Hardening WordPress documentation.

I’ve been lucky so far, despite some attacks, no one has managed to get into my sites.  Colleagues with sites that get far more traffic than mine have also reported attacks, but have been safe so far.


Tame Your WordPress Plugin Lust!

Thinking about adding a few dozen plugins to your WordPress site? Think again. This infographic and its accompanying article, The Only WordPress Plugins You Need, have wise advice! (Thanks to JD Thomas on the WordPress and Libraries Facebook group for sharing this.)


Wordpress Plugin Flow Chart

WordPress 3.5 is almost here

TwentyTwelve demo image

The next release of WordPress will be coming out any day now. I’ve been testing the beta versions and found the latest betas stable enough to use in workshops this past week.

The biggest change that most of us will notice is in the Media Uploader. It’s much simpler and more intuitive.   This is a huge improvement. It’s so much simpler that when I included it in a workshop last week, a participant actually  noted on the evaluation that I shouldn’t have covered it because it was so simple.  Loved that, proof that ease of use is always improving.

Other changes include:

  • A new default theme, TwentyTwelve. A nicely designed,  responsive theme.
  • Goodbye to the outdated and rarely used Links Manager (A plugin will add that functionality back if you really want it.)
  • Ability to access your favorite plugins from your Plugins admin panel. Very handy.
  • For an overview of more changes see:  10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.5