CHICAGO—With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress Web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content-management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. In “Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies,” published by ALA Editions, Web designer/librarians Kyle M. L. Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington explore the variety of ways libraries are implementing WordPress as a CMS, from simple "out-of-the-box" websites to large sites with many custom features. Emphasizing a library-specific perspective, the authors:
- Offer a brief history of WordPress, reviewing its genesis and sketching in some possible future directions;
- Analyze the software’s strengths and weaknesses, spotlighting its advantages over other existing Web publishing platforms as well as discussing the limitations libraries have encountered;
- Present a variety of case studies, offering first-hand examples which detail why WordPress was selected, methods of implementation and degree of customization, feedback from users and reflections on usability;
- Discuss essential plug-ins, themes and other specialized applications for library sites.
Jones is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the School of Library and Information Studies, where his research interests are focused on e-learning informatics, traditional and non-traditional online learning environments and digital library technologies.
Farrington is a former academic librarian with 17 years’ experience in reference, government documents, ILL and technology. Since 1996, as principal of PA Farrington Associates, she has offered technology-related training, Web project development, and consulting services to libraries, library systems and schools.
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