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.
I’ve been terribly negligent about keeping my workshop calendar up to date. But it’s finally up to date. So do take a look. There are lots of workshops coming up through the CT State Library, AZ State Library, Internet@Schools/CIL and more.
Direct Link to my Google Calendar in case your mobile browser can’t see it 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- Goodbye to the outdated and rarely used Links Manager (A plugin will add that functionality back if you really want it.)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 WordPress.org 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
Over the next few months I have a lot of WordPress related stuff going on with my WordPress buddies Amanda Goodman and Kyle M.L. Jones.
Thanks to the all the terrific folks who participated in the pre-conference workshop on presentation and data visualization at the NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs NY. Here are the slides I promised to posts. I’ll also post a list of resources that we discussed on my Courses & Resources pages. (more…)
It’s been such a busy couple of weeks that I didn’t have time to post about the WordPress ecourse that Amanda Goodman and I will be offering through ALA. It starts in Jan 16, 2012 and runs for 6 weeks. Amanda and I met face-to-face for the first time at the Internet Librarian conference in October. In addition to enjoying some great food and wine, we did do a good bit of work on the course! The course will get you up-to-speed with WordPress and all the features that can help you build a dynamic and engaging web site for your library.
Note that there’s an early bird discount if you register by December 1.
I think everyone knows that I love working with WordPress and have been teaching WordPress classes for since 2006. Kyle Jones and I wrote an ALA Library Technology Report on WordPress that was published in April 2011. An expanded & updated version of that will be published by ALA Editions in early 2012.
I’m really looking forward to working with Amanda on this project. And looking forward to helping you decide if WordPress is the right tool for your library, school or personal web site. See you online in January!