Many libraries don’t really need a full custom-built website. The most important information is generally basic information like address, hours, a link to the catalog, and a way to post updates on new programs, events, and other on-going happenings. For these libraries, blogging software might provide all the website they need.
Library blogs addresses the needs of such Online Libraries. Participating libraries get a WordPress site hosted by SELCO’s and training on how to use it. The blog can be customized with a wide variety of themes and plugins, with SELCO providing support as needed. WordPress is a well-established and powerful platform used by thousands of organizations to organize and present content online. Library Blogs helps Online Libraries leverage that power to reach out to their communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
WordPress is a very popular, free software platform for creating websites. It is open and very flexible, with thousands of community volunteers creating themes and plugins to extend the basic functionality of the platform. While the original purpose of WordPress was specifically for blogging, it has developed into a full-fledged Content Management System used as the background of hundreds of sites for commercial and non-profit entities.
A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
Blogs provide a simpler interface for adding information, which often make them a better choice for those without extensive knowledge of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and/or those who do not require a complex website. This interface can be used within a web browser, eliminating the need for any special software to edit the content or upload the changes.
Themes are a set of files that control the way that a WordPress web site appears. Themes control the location and number of columns content is displayed, as well as the other aspects the way that content is displayed. There are many themes for WordPress, allowing many choices for the look and feel of your blog.
For more information on SELCO supported themes click here.
Plugins are ways to extend the functionality of WordPress. Popular plugins add search boxes, tag clouds, and display content from other websites such as flickr and Twitter.
WordPress provides an easy way to change themes and add plugins via its administrator dashboard. Since plugins and themes are designed and coded by WordPress users, they are not guaranteed to work with all versions of WordPress or with other plugins and themes for that matter. Fortunately, it’s easy to change themes and remove plugins that don’t work. See the SELCO WordPress Support Policy for more information.
SELCO hosts all WordPress sites in the “Cloud”, currently SELCO is using the hosting service SiteGround. SiteGround’s free back up service only backs up sites prior to a WordPress upgrade.
WordPress features a security system in which staff can be assigned varying levels of control. Online Libraries with WordPress sites may assign roles to staff as they see fit.
Supported themes and plugins are WordPress extensions that have been tested by SELCO on the currently installed version of WordPress to assure compatibility.