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WordPress Training

WordPress 4.0 Updates

  • Media Management – can easily manage pictures, etc
  • Embedding Content – YouTube videos.  If you put the YouTube link in a post on it’s own line WP will automatically embed it for you.
  • Live Widget and Appearance Previews – can preview them beforehand without having to make them live first.

WordPress Resources

  • WP4LIB –
  • WordPress Codex (WP, Lessons, esp) –
  • Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress (print book)

Good sites from KLOW:

Make a static front page with your contact info, etc.

Pages vs Posts


  • What to use them for
  • How to organize them
    • and set them up as menu items

Post Best Practices

If not posting often change the main page to be a static page and make blog posts be a menu item.  If libraries can’t post more than once a month, make main page static.  Whatever you do… make it regular. Make a regular schedule.


The worst thing you can do with WordPress security wise is to not update!  So update regularly…

Old themes and plugins are also an issue.  Take a quick glance at updates and the number of themes and plugins are in there.  Get rid of themes and plugins that you aren’t using.

Most compromised passwords are actually words.  Real words are bad passwords.


  • Akismet – spam fighter plug-in.  Can use the personal version of akismet.
  • cforms (Ninja Forms?)
  • Events Manager
  • WordPress Editorial Calendar (cron issues…)  Great way to manage posts and schedule post.
  • Google Analyticator
  • Jetpack – has some issues sometimes.

Disquis has a WordPress plugin

Picking Plugins:

  • Compatible with current version, look at ratings, number of downloads, date last updated
  • Clean up plugins regularly.


Theme keywords to work for:

  • Responsive
  • bootstrap css (cascading style sheets) Bootstrap is a framework for css
  • widgets, menus, sliders.  Sliders are very popular
  • theme options – look for widgets and custom menus
  • Flat theme

Training on WordPress

WordPress Overview

Settings and Users

  • Setup a main user for the library, give admin rights
  • delete or rename admin user
  • permalinks?
  • comment settings
    • Blacklist comment with more than 2 links
    • turn off comments on pages

Post and Pages

  • Post publish page
  • Screen options
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Editing pages/posts

Widgets and Sidebars

  • Sidebars and how they work with themes
  • Customizing sidebars with widgets
  • Finding and editing widgets
  • Widgets and plugins



Plugins and Themes

  • Finding plugins
  • Finding themes
  • Installing and activiating plugins and themes
  • Configuring plugins
  • Customizing themes

First Steps

  • Alter settings
  • Choose a theme
  • Add content (page, post, external content, widgets, etc)
  • Find and install plugins – good example of static page

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Getting Group Notifications out of your News Feed in Facebook

You may have noticed that group notifications are cluttering  up your News Feed on Facebook even though you are not subscribed to group updates.   Image

Here is how you can fix it.

1.  Hover or roll your mouse over the post.  In the right hand corner you should notice a blue down pointing arrow pop up.  Click on the blue down pointing arrow and click on Hide.

2.  Clicking on Hide will hide the single post.  To hide ALL posts from the group on your News Feed click on the Hide all stories from link.  See picture below.  Image

3.  Now all stories from that group should be hidden from your News Feed.  You can still view the stories or posts by going directly into the group.  To manage your hidden items scroll to the top of your News Feed and click on the pencil next to News Feed to Edit your settings.


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Checking Out eReaders to Customers

This post contains my notes and some pictures from the Checking out eReaders to customers panel, Brad Allen (Lawrence); Jeff Tate (TSCPL); Alex Mudd (ESU); Diana Weaver (Basehor); Jack Granath (KCKPL) at Northeast Kansas Library System’s 2013 Technology and Innovation Day on April 24.  A recording of this session was also made and can be found here:


Circulating preloded ereaders for a year.  Variety of devices started with tech tool box.
Competition between devives with community focus group.
Circulate in bag with device, user agreement, startup guide, charging cord.
patron responsibilty to remove personal data
Charge patrons if they put in dropbox.  Check out like an audio.


Manage content from online account.  If were going to do over again would purchase one brand of device.  attached with prepaid visa ca4d, now use giftcards to buy content.
Created email

Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
Bought 15 simple touch Nooks
Started in red carpet department ( homebound, nursing home, low vision patrons)
Locked the devices down.
Decided to keep it simple with just the books.
Business to business program from Barnes and Noble.  Circulating since March… 32 checkouts so far.
Like that they can read large print books without holding a large book.
Hope to take it to other library users



Kansas City, Kansas South Branch
Bought 10 Nooks
Good circ
What hardware?  Nooks were cheapest
Bought warranty and neoprene cases… used gun cases.. $7.50
None have been lost or stolen… only one major problem… someone restored to factory settings.
Nook devices have had low sales lately…something to think about when purchasing

Lawrence Public Library
Had eBook kiosks
Twelve devices total
Trying to decide what to do after they werent kiosks anymore.
Genre ereaders… best seller, romance, teen, npr
See it as a pilot
Constantly in flux… not sure what future holds.
Future: community driven ereaders… patrons can choose content
Used consumer model

Emporia State University
Bought Nook Colors and rooted them to make android tablets
Planned to use for instruction… didnt work out too well. Most students didnt have experience with android devices then (about a year and a half ago)
Now circulate the not rooted ones
May root the rest and circulate

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