Since we last looked at it in 2016, WordPress has changed! It’s still the most popular blogging software in the world, a powerful content management system that now runs more than 30 percent of all websites. But it’s not even worth talking about how many WordPress plugins exist anymore – you can almost always find multiple options to add any functionality you want. Libraries are still using this technology to create community-oriented websites, blogs, subject guides, digital archives, and more. Yet even if you’ve used WordPress before, there’s new things to learn. The Gutenberg page editor radically reinvented some of the most basic parts of building a WordPress site, and has important implications for any WordPress site – old or new.

This practical session will walk you through the entire process of creating and updating a modern WordPress website for your library, including:

– Setting up a simple WordPress website from scratch
– Working with the Gutenberg page editor
– Selecting a theme and customizing the look of your site
– Using plugins to enhance and improve your WordPress site
– and updating your WordPress website for the long haul


Original broadcast November 13, 2019 

Biography ~ Chad Haefele
Chad Haefele is the Head of User Experience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. His department explores evaluation and improvement of the campus libraries’ web presence and other points of interaction with users. Chad’s WordPress-powered blog is at HiddenPeanuts.com and his book, WordPress for Libraries, is available from Rowman & Littlefield.