Clean Out the Cobwebs:

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Clean Out the Cobwebs:

Rethinking Your Web Presence with Joomla CMS


Mark A. Smith


LiSUG Conference October 2008
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SUNY IT


Utica NY



Apologies In Advance.

What I’ll Try & Cover



What is a Content Management System?


Why a CMS Might Be an Option for Your Library


What is Needed to Run Joomla?


A “Look
-
see” At Joomla Driven Library Sites


Basic Concepts that Form the System


Tour of Administrative Module




Time Permitting: Demos of Site & Content
Creation

A Quick Peek



Joomla

Out of The Box



Joomla: Not Your Father’s Website



Content Management System (CMS)



Both Website & Repository


Database Driven


Modular


Extensible


Plug & Play


Template Design Structure


Administrative Backend Managed


Show Me What You Mean


A Couple More


Mystery Site
-

Made With Joomla


Scholes Library


A very modest implementation

built with sweat equity and much trial and error


Why Is Joomla An Option For You?



Open Source and Free (Active User Community)



Easy to Keep Your Content Fresh



Archives All of Your Content (text, images,
links, etc)



No Programming or Coding Required .. No
HTML, CSS, XML, CFM, etc.



Easy WYSIWYG & Distributable Editing


More Good’ness



Change Design Elements & Templates Instantly



Embedded Relational, Hierarchical Linking
Structure for Content



Administrative Backend Organizes & Monitors
Content (including Statistics)



Portable (exportable database)


… And More



Templates Do All The Work (but html/css editable
from within the admin module)



Multiple Media Format Friendly



Highly Customizable at Every Level (from item to
site
-
wide)



User Accounting (if you want to go there)



.. And more


And The Fun Part



Extensible Web Apps Plug
-
ins for 2.0’ness



Polls, Blogs, RSS feeds, Search, Contacts,
Breadcrumbs, Popularity, Page Delivery, etc.
Out of the Box



Other Functionality
-

Calendars, wikis, image
galleries, media players, editors, forums, etc.
Widely developed & easily added


In A Nutshell


The System Provides

an End
-
User & Content Creator

Environment that is:


Familiar, Flexible & Customizable

Look What You Could Do

Sounds Good! What Do I Need?



A minimally cooperative IT department OR your
own server



MYSQL and PHP



Joomla Software: versions for Win Server and Unix



Time to Experiment (learning curve to initially
customize the structure)



A Plan to Rethink Your Content & Nav. Structure


Got $6.95


A message from our sponsor (kidding):


The Evil Outsourcing Option:

Could Try Bluehost or Another Hosting Service

& You Are Up & Running Without Any IT Guys


Proof of Concept Approach

OK. How Does the Thing Work?

The Basics


1.
Organizing the Information


2.
Layout: Template / Module Positions


3.
Functionality: Modules
-
Components
-
Extensions


4.
Navigation
-

Menus

1. Organization

Hierarchical Organization


Sections

Categories
.. may have multiple categories under a section

Articles
.. may have multiple articles under a category


Departments

Borr.

Policies

Getting

Lib. Card

Circulation

Section

Staff

Category

Article

Reference

Staff

Ask A

Libn

2. Layouts Ruled By Templates


Your “Look” is governed by Templates.


Templates contain a map of “module positions” that
identify where you might wish to position content


Templates can be built, borrowed, purchased, stolen,
etc. And they are editable (HTML,CSS)


Scholes Module Map

3. Functionality



Modules
-
Components
-
Extensions … Oh My!

banners, contacts, polls, blogs, RSS feeds, breadcrumbs, popularity, page
delivery, calendars, wikis, image galleries, newsflash, ratings, media players,
editors, forums, stats, related items, etc.



Joomla comes with a great deal of functionality
right out of the box.



Other extensions are
widely available
(many free)


A Limited Set For Our Library

Bluehost



Out of the Box


4. Navigation


All Done with “Menus”



A robust function within Admin



Menus utilize your Sections, Categories, & Articles
structure that automates menus that are logical.
(ie. a menu of all your categories)



The most powerful & frustrating concept/feature
in Joomla. I initially found it difficult to wrap my
head around this.



Under the Hood


A Look at
Scholes Joomla Admin
.



Sections / Categories / Articles


Menus


Front Page Manager


Media Manager .. etc

Joomla May Not Be For You ..



If you lack IT Support to Install and Maintian
Server.
(You won’t need server access or much help from
them.)



If your site design
must

exactly/closely match a
campus design
(but could build your own template)



If you are easily frustrated by a learning curve.
(However, much simpler than Aleph. And once the layout is
done ..its a snap to maintain).

.




What Are Other Libraries Doing
With Joomla?




Joomla in Libraries

Community

/
Showcase

Do We Have Time?
Demos/Tutorials





Overview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3UgF9y2C3k


Modules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaPcsRRULTc


Menus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvjVkze3fTs


Materials & Resources


Presentation Materials, Links & Joomla
Resources available at



http://lisug08joomla.wordpress.com/


Demo Account: (login: lisug/sunyla)
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will self
-
destruct 11/1/08


Questions?





Playtime


What do you want to see?



Change Templates (same content)


Add an RSS Feed


Download and add a template/module


Create a Poll


Build a Section/Category