WordPress is a blogging platform that can be used to create easy, attractive, well-supported and mobile-ready websites. Currently, the Library of Virginia provides WordPress site hosting, maintenance, support, and training to 22 public libraries. Because library services, databases, resources and programs are easily discover-able on these sites, patrons of public libraries can be more informed about what their library has to offer them; and library staff appreciate the reduced time spent populating and editing their sites. Contact project manager Nan Carmack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.692.3792 for any questions or further information.
- Prefab-WordPress 101 — Recording linked HERE
- Need a refresh on how to best use your library’s website? This session will cover the basics: creating and editing pages, creating and displaying widgets, changing menu items, uploading images, and more. We’ll also have plenty of time for Q&A so come with questions about things you’d like to do on your site.
- Prefab-WordPress 201 — Recording linked HERE
- This session will feature slightly more advanced topics such as using the full width template and columns for advanced layout and changing the appearance of your site with CSS. Once again we’ll have time for Q&A so you can get instruction tailored just for you. Linked below are the strings of code referenced in training to create full width pages as well as columns. Because WordPress only accept certain types of files for upload, these had to be converted from .txt files to Word docs. If you have trouble with them, you may consider copy and pasting them into Notepad and then copying pasting them in to the text editors of the pages you are working on. Word sometimes has a way of adding spaces that is invisible to the user but messes up the code.
- Quarterly WordPress Office Hours: Ask questions and get help from Influx’s Aaron Schmidt
Contact Nan for any further WordPress training needs.
Included with your WordPress site is SiteImprove, a quality assurance service that allows regular reporting of broken links, misspellings, ADA challenges, etc. This service is provided via a subscription through The Library of Virginia.
- On-demand training for SiteImprove: https://support.siteimprove.com/hc/en-gb/categories/200848163-Support-FAQs
- Reporting: To receive reports from SiteImprove automatically and to log in to SiteImproves administrative dashboard, contact the project manager
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- Buchanan County Public Library
- Campbell County Public Library
- Caroline County Public Library
- Central Virginia Regional Library
- Charlotte County Public Library
- Craig County Public Library
- Cumberland County Public Library
- Eastern Shore Public Library
- Essex Public Library
- Heritage Public Library
- Iris Brammer Public Library
- LDND InfoCenter
- Lynchburg Public Library
- Madison County Public Library
- Middlesex Public Library
- Orange County Public Library
- Pearisburg Public Library
- Rappahannock County Public Library
- Richmond County Public Library
- Russell County Public Library
- Tazewell County Public Library
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