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DESCRIPTIONSlides for a worskhop for UNSW staff held on 11 May 2009
2. WORKSHOP OVERVIEW
- Welcome and Introductions
- Wordpress MU: Background and Tech Specs
- UNSW Blogs Overview
- UNSW Blogs Policies: Publishing and Management
- Bangs and Whistles: Plugins on UNSW Blogs
- (Very) Quick Overview of Template Design for Wordpress
- Future Development on UNSW Blogs
- Questions and Discussion
3. UNSW Blogs Overview
- UNSW Blogs Platform established as part of the TELT Pilot project
- Allows for the setup and management of multiple blogs for staff use at UNSW
- Running on the Wordpress Multi-User 2.7.1 platform
- Customised templates which include University Branding
- Added functionality including Podcasting &Vodcasting, Web 2.0 tools and social networking (via plugins)
4. Wordpress MU:Technical Requirements
- To run WordPress MU you need webhosting which provides:
- PHP version 4.3 or greater
- MySQL version 4.0 or greater
- Apache mod_rewrite
- UNSW Blogs is running version 2.7.1 which was released in March 2009.
5. Wordpress MU:Background & Tech Specs
- Flavours of Wordpress!
- Wordpress:Supports one weblog per installation, open source, easy to self-host
- WordPress Multi-User:(WordPress MU, a.k.a. WPMU) allowssimultaneous blogs to exist within one installation and managed via one site admin dashboard
- Other related products includeLyceum(which was designed for enterprise use and has a normalised database structure ) andBuddyPress -a plug-in extension of WPMU that is adding missing community features
- Consideration should be given to policies for both professional and personal use of online tools such as blog, wikis and social software
7. Existing Policies to Consider
- BBC Guidelines for Online Publishing See:http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/
- BBC Guidelines for Personal Use of Online and Social Media Sites See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/advice/personalweb/index.shtml
8. TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Guidelines
- See: http://termsofuse.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/
9. Theme Design for Wordpress
- Wordpress Themes allow for detailed customisation of both the platform at an administration/corporate level, but can also be used to enable a high level of user customisation.
- Wordpress themes consist of php files and css. (style.css, header.php, page.php etc)
- Resources for those interested in developing Wordpress Themes is available @ http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
10. UNSW Blog Themes
- A small collection of UNSW Blog Themes have been developed and more are on the way!
- Themes have been designed to meet UNSW Branding obligations, but still allow for a level of user customisation and personalisation
- Themes are designed for use with a wide range of plugins, plus widgetised to allow for extensive sidebar and content customisation.
11. Themes: Course Blog Theme 12. Themes: UNSW Blogs -Simple 13. Template Design
- Relatively simple process:
- Create style.css, header.php, page.php etc
- A huge range of Wordpress Themes freely available which can be used as the basis for development
- Source code for UNSW templates can be made available for the geeks in the UNSW Blogs Community in a sandbox environment.
- A wide range of plugins have been installed to extend the UNSW Blogs Platform.A list of Plugins installed on the platform is provided @http://blogs.unsw.edu.au/unsw-blogs-platform-features/
- In general, most standard Wordpress Plugins work with WPMU, however there are some exceptions. Additionally some plugins require extra customisation to work on the WPMU platform securely.
- Plugins can be activated and deactivated on a per-blog basis.
- "mu-plugins" are generally administrative, and are enabled by default (security features, statistics, user management, tag and category management)
15. PLUGINS: Google Analytics
- Allows for statistics tracking at both site admin and user level.
- Plugins in to Googles freely available analytics tools
- Allows users to create a stream of all of their online activity via RSS and a range of social networking sites including Facebook, Flickr, mySpace etc.
- Great way to mashup a group of sites
17. Scaleability & Integration
- Wordpress MU creates new database tables for each blog
- Enables improved Plugin compatibility
- Takes advantage of existing OS-level and MySQL query caches
- Enables segmented user data which allows for multi-site platforms and blog farms
- Authentication: Allows for integration via LDAP enabled directory services
- OpenLDAP, Apache Directory, Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory, Sun Java System Directory Server etc
18. Ongoing Developmenton UNSW Blogs
- Ongoing development of templates to support various faculties and projects eg. Faculty based templates (branding) and team or project based templates (TELT blog)
- Ongoing testing and development of WPMU Plugins to support customised content and social networking/communication
19. Future Developmenton UNSW Blogs
- Recommended Strategies for future development:
- Pilot and testing of of additional and complimentary tools including BuddyPress a WPMU based social networking platform ( http://buddypress.org/ )
- Exploration and testing of tools to support and enhance multimedia delivery (youtube integration, media servers, complimentay software to support image galleries)
20. Questions and Discussion!
- Note: We will publish these slides on the TELT Blog shortly and encourage you to continue the discussion online!
21. USEFUL LINKS
- UNSW Blogs:http://blogs.unsw.edu.au
- TELT WIKI Blogging Resources:
- Wordpress MU: http://mu.wordpress.org
- Jo Kays Website: http://jokay.com.au
22. Contact Jo!
- Jo Kay, Freelance Virtual Worlds, Web Design, eLearning & Facilitation
- Blog:http:// jokay.com.au
- Wiki:http:// jokay.wikispaces.com
- Portfolio Site:http:// jaspercat.net
- Twitter:http:// twitter.com /jokay
- Islands of jokaydia:http:// jokaydia.com
- Mob: 0405179622