WordPress multi-user: BuddyPress and beyond

Winn, Joss (2009) WordPress multi-user: BuddyPress and beyond. In: ALT Conference, 08-10 September 2009, Manchester.

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WordPress Multi-User: BuddyPress and Beyond
Slides to accompany my #altc2009 presentation of WordPress MU and BuddyPress for universities. Please see my notes that accompany the slides (p.30 onwards)
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Abstract

'BuddyPress' is a new social networking layer for WordPress Multi-User blogs. It provides familiar, easy to use social networking features in addition to a high-quality and popular blogging platform. The University of Lincoln have been trialing WordPressMU since May 2008 and have been using BuddyPress since February 2009 to promote an institutional social networking community built around personalised and collaborative web publishing.

This session will demonstrate the versatility of the WordPress MU platform. We'll look at an installation that is tricked out with BuddyPress, LDAP authentication, mobile phone support and advanced privacy controls. You'll see how simple it is to set up site-wide RSS syndication and aggregation, enhance your blog with semantic web tools, publish mathematical formulae with LaTeX, send realtime notifications to Facebook, Twitter and IM, publish podcasts to iTunes, and embed GPX and KML mapping files. We'll also look at how to embed WordPress content in your VLE and other institutional websites. The use of a temporary 'ALT-C 2009 BuddyPress' installation will be encouraged.

There will be opportunities throughout for questions and answers and participants will leave with a good understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress and the resources and skills required to provide a social networking and blogging platform in your institution.

Additional Information:'BuddyPress' is a new social networking layer for WordPress Multi-User blogs. It provides familiar, easy to use social networking features in addition to a high-quality and popular blogging platform. The University of Lincoln have been trialing WordPressMU since May 2008 and have been using BuddyPress since February 2009 to promote an institutional social networking community built around personalised and collaborative web publishing. This session will demonstrate the versatility of the WordPress MU platform. We'll look at an installation that is tricked out with BuddyPress, LDAP authentication, mobile phone support and advanced privacy controls. You'll see how simple it is to set up site-wide RSS syndication and aggregation, enhance your blog with semantic web tools, publish mathematical formulae with LaTeX, send realtime notifications to Facebook, Twitter and IM, publish podcasts to iTunes, and embed GPX and KML mapping files. We'll also look at how to embed WordPress content in your VLE and other institutional websites. The use of a temporary 'ALT-C 2009 BuddyPress' installation will be encouraged. There will be opportunities throughout for questions and answers and participants will leave with a good understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress and the resources and skills required to provide a social networking and blogging platform in your institution.
Keywords:WordPress, BuddyPress, Web 2.0, education, altc2009, blogging, wpmu, blogs, university
Subjects:X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:2084
Deposited On:02 Dec 2009 12:17

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