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How to: run a hyperlocal website with WordPress A guide to getting the most out of WordPress for hyperlocal bloggers

The core of any hyperlocal website is its content management system, or CMS. With many hyperlocals looking for the cheapest methods of getting off the ground, PHP-based blogging software WordPress has seen an explosion in popularity over recent years.
WordPress is an open-source content management system. Users can either sign up for a free blog on WordPress.com or they can download the core software from WordPress.org and install it to their own web server.

I decided on WordPress.com because of its wealth of features, ease of use and ease of sharingPaul Deach

Paul Deach, director of content at the Surrey Heath Residents Blog, says: "I decided on WordPress.com because of its wealth of features, ease of use and ease of sharing with other WordPress blogs and other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter."
WordPress is designed to be user-friendly from the start, with the WordPress.org homepage boasting about its "famous five-minute installation." Citing the fact that "I could see it would do what I wanted it to do," Phyllis Stephen of the Edinburgh Reporter says: "I did try Mac based software first of all but it was very clunky and did not do all the things that WP does – such as allowing others to post remotely."
While most hyperlocal websites have their own dedicated domain names, hosting a site through WordPress.com does allow domain mapping, where your site has its own unique domain name but the hosting is still handled by the free WordPress.com service.
When it comes to hosting packages, it is important that your provider supports WordPress. Jon Bounds of Birmingham: It’s Not Shit recommends 1&1 Hosting, who he says he "never had any great problems with." As editor of The West Londoner I recommend Krystal UK Web Hosting, who I find to be reliable and who have a good tech support site for the usual questions first-time website owners always have.
Moving from a WordPress.com hosted domain to one of your own can be a stressful task but is easily completed with some careful backing-up of files. WordPress has a thriving community of third-party developers who create plugins which automate that process. There is also the built-in Export function, which allows you to take a snapshot of your site’s entire content, including custom pages, categories and tags.
Once you’ve installed WordPress and found a suitable theme to customise its look and feel (Paul Deach says "I decided to use the default theme as it works so well," adding "it is not the theme that drives and retains traffic to the site, it is regular relevant content that does that") you then need to concentrate on the site’s focus. This, in turn, will determine whether your content is curated (i.e. gathered from elsewhere, perhaps publishing an excerpt with a link to the source), or whether it is original to your site.
On the topic of curated content, Phyllis Stephen says: "I also use Storify and Cover it Live for liveblogging which incorporate tweets so it is important to keep tweeting and engaging with people out there." Storify allows users to create a webpage which tells a story based entirely on social media posts, which is one form of curation.
Liveblogging, which involves regular short updates relating to a given event, can be popular for a large, fast-moving occasion such as the London riots of last August, which proved very popular in the first days of The West Londoner, gaining the site 1 million hits in 24 hours.
Social media can also be a good driver of traffic to your website. "I have integrated a Twitter feed into the site which is very simple to do," says Paul Deach. He adds: "I also add bespoke feeds so, for example, when we had the snow, I put up a snow feed into the @SurreyTravel Twitter account. I also incorporate our YouTube and Soundcloud social networks into the site."
In contrast, Jon Bounds says "I have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed but they do nothing but pump out the RSS. They’re clearly labelled as such so people don’t expect interaction."
Striking a balance between the two is Anna Williams, editor of The Ambler, who says "I considered separating my personal and work persona [on Twitter], but after talking to various professional journalists, I decided against."

We’re part of the community rather than just an employee of someone’s media empire.Anna Williams

While Jon Bounds says "no" to the question of whether a hyperlocal can become a viable business, citing worries about "compromising the integrity of how you’re seen," and Anna Williams says she doesn’t think her town is "ready" for online advertising, others are a little more optimistic on the business front. Paul Deach points to the potential benefits of "editorial content, videos and photo blogs," as well as button-sized advertisements.
Above all, it is important to differentiate between any local newspapers, whose voice may be rather formal and detached from the community, and your hyperlocal venture. Anna Williams says, "I think that’s one of the points about being hyperlocal; we’re part of the community rather than just an employee of someone’s media empire."



Drupal, Joomla and WordPress face challenges in Germany

Last week, I attended CeBIT, the enormous technology trade fair that takes place every March in Hanover, Germany. This year, as I walked through the building devoted to content management and other enterprise technologies, I spied a booth with Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and TYPO3. All except for the latter are well known in the United States, but I was surprised to find that those three are struggling to find market share in Germany.

I found it remarkable that the three open-source web content management systems that are so popular in the United States were having trouble getting the same level of recognition in Germany.

Part of the problem, it turns out, is the chicken-egg theory.

Without programmers and consultants who support Drupal, Joomla and WordPress, it’s hard for businesses to embrace these systems. The spokesperson at the WordPress desk said that TYPO3 was a big player in Germany precisely because it had already built that ecosystem of people who understood it and had implemented enterprise-class projects.

The spokesperson at the Drupal desk explained that there is no Drupal certification program in Germany, so it’s difficult to find Drupal programmers.

Tom Erickson, CEO at Acquia, the American company which acts as a commercial layer on top of Drupal, says it’s clear that TYPO3 has a big head start in Germany, even though it doesn’t have much market share elsewhere.

"There is no doubt that TYPO3 has a larger presence in Germany than in other countries. Germany has a tradition of starting with systems that may not be dominant elsewhere. When I first started doing business in Germany in the 1980s, Adibas from Software AG was the dominant database and Oracle had virtually no presence there, despite Oracle being dominant in the U.K., France, Benelux and Nordics," Erickson said.

He said in spite of this, there are thousands of Drupal websites in Germany, including one from Mercedes that uses Acquia’s Drupal Commons service to run a key external community website, but he acknowledges that it’s still going to be a challenge to gain market share in Germany.

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Turn Any WordPress Site Into A BitTorrent Tracker

A new plugin for WordPress allows anyone to set up a fully functioning BitTorrent site in just a few minutes. Whether it’s a totally public torrent index or a private torrent tracker with strict ratio enforcement, WP-Trader supports it. The project was born when the developers recognized a huge demand for a simple script that even relative tech novices can set up.

With WordPress pretty much anyone can set up a personal blog or small website in a few minutes, and thanks to the new WP-Trader plugin it becomes just as easy to start a fully operational torrent site.

The levels of work and expertise required to run a large torrent site shouldn’t be underestimated of course, but there are also hundreds of hobbyists out there who have the desire to set up a small torrent site of their own. WP-Trader is aimed at the latter, and it has a wide range of features that support the needs of every self-aspiring torrent site admin.

WP-Trader developer Andrew Walker told TorrentFreak that he saw the need for an ultra-simple torrent script through his half-decade long involvement in the forums of the popular Torrent Trader script.

“All of the torrent tracker source codes out there are unique or good in their own ways, but I saw a lack in one click install and setup for torrent sites since only a couple of sources offer that function. On a daily basis I saw people coming into the forums having problems with install and setup of their sites,” Walker told TorrentFreak.

Source: http://torrentfreak.com/turn-any-wordpress-site-into-a-bittorrent-tracker-120102/

How WordPress CMS can benefit an organization?

WordPress is one of the most popular open source content management system used by many offshore software development companies which is freely available for download. WordPress need PHP and MYSQL support for installation to make a website. A website that is made in wordpress can be maintained very easily. WordPress provides user friendly interface that allows users to customize the website design and look easily. WordPress has an inbuilt template system so user can upload templates according to the need and can also re-arrange the widgets without any modification of the HTML code.                                                                                                  

Following are some of the benefits for using wordpress as a Content Management System-  

  1. Open source and free available
  2. Very easy to manage
  3. Multiple user login simultaneously
  4. Big online community
  5. Search Engine Optimization is easy

There are also many other benefits for using wordpress to make a site such as there are regular updates coming for it which can be applied on a single click. These updates make the wordpress site secure. Lots of plugins are available for different functionalities that can be installed directly from the dashboard of the wordpress. All the features make wordpress the most popular CMS.

Source: http://www.promotionworld.com/internet/articles/120104-how-wordpress-cms-can-benefit-an-organization

Migrating a massive legacy CMS to WordPress without losing your mind


This has not been the best few days for WordPress. Despite the challenges that WordPress.com is currently dealing with — a massive distributed denial of service attack is never fun — the WordPress ecosystem is going strong.

For the record, I doubt this week’s DDoS was an attack aimed at WordPress itself. Usually, these sorts of attacks are political and aimed at a site hosted by a service. The rest of WordPress.com sites are probably just collateral damage.

WordPress.com, itself, is huge. It’s one of the top sites on the Internet. WordPress.com is differentiated from WordPress, the software. WordPress, the software, is an open-source environment that powers WordPress.com. While I wish the folks running WordPress.com well, what really interests me is the open-source PHP-based software.

That’s where my own connection with this story picks up.

A little over a year ago, I decided to migrate the ZENPRESS content management system, a system I first started coding back in 1997, from UserLand Frontier to WordPress. I chose WordPress for many reasons, not the least of which is that it’s the system that runs both ZDNet and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, two sites I write for.

When we started ZATZ Publishing (my day job) back in the late 1990s, there were only a few content management systems, they cost millions of dollars (and weren’t terribly good). PHP was a 1.0, Bill Clinton was President, Matt Mullenweg and Mark Zuckerberg were both 13, and the term “blog” had barely ever been used. It was a long time ago. Since then, ZATZ has published nearly 70,000 articles, linked to more than 150,000 URLs, and fed almost 2 billion Web pages.

Frontier, developed by Web pioneer Dave Winer, was itself a pioneer ahead of its time. Frontier ran the earliest blogs, the earliest RSS feeds, and the earliest podcasts. But time has taken its toll and Frontier hasn’t aged well. Although it was open-sourced in 2004, it had a number of problems, relatively low community support, and suffered from one fatal flaw: a key module was available in binary only, licensed code from a company no longer in business.

I never expected the ZENPRESS code to grow and evolve for 14 years, and it’s definitely outgrown Frontier’s capabilities. Tables in Frontier that should handle only a few tens of thousands of records have been asked to handle millions of records. Frontier crashes regularly on my servers, and I can’t move to 64-bit because Frontier fails on 64-bit environments.


More: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/migrating-a-massive-legacy-cms-to-wordpress-without-losing-your-mind/10123

Joomla vs. Drupal: An open source CMS shootout


Choosing a Web content management system often comes down to one question: Joomla or Drupal?

For many organizations (or individuals) with content to post and manage, blog tools like the highly popular WordPress may be more than adequate. But for companies with greater amounts of content, users, or complexity, including integration with ecommerce and also with other internal and external applications, a more comprehensive content management systems (CMS) is needed.

Here’s a look at two popular open source content management systems: Drupal and Joomla! (the exclamation point is part of the official name, tsk tsk, but for punctuative simplicity I’m omitting it for the rest of this article). I’ve asked developers to weigh in on the strengths, weaknesses and unique features each offers, to help determine which is the best match for your organization’s content needs.

Before we begin, it should be noted that both Joomla and Drupal keep getting updated — e.g., Joomla 1.6 was released January 10, 2011, and Drupal 7 on January 5, 2011 — and get more add-on modules. This is a good thing, obviously. But it also means that the opinions expressed in this article may become outdated or invalidated. As always.

Source: http://www.itworld.com/development/136756/joomla-vs-drupal-an-open-source-cms-shootout

Web Back-end Content Management System Development

Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, and many other (CMS) Content Management System allow beginning web designers to create professional look and feel websites. However, there are limits to how much a designer can modify the system. Each CMS come with their own way of creating a web page or a web form.

Techome China team was requested by a web hosting company to design and buitd a more simplistic, yet flexible content management system. The system includes user management, information management, content management, forum management, blog management, and more utilities.

The whole (MVC) Model –View-Controller frame was developed in J2EE. The backend content management system supported many different types of databases such as MSSQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and DB2. The CMS allows for beginner user view and advance user view. Beginning users can create and modify websites using a more simplistic graphic interface. Advance user can use code libraries to create more complex websites.

56 Open Source Replacements for Popular Web Development and Design Tools – Part 1


Open source Web development tools have come a long way. The open source community offers a huge array of applications that are useful to Web developers and designers. In many cases, these open source tools are even more widely used than their closed source counterparts. And some open source Web tools don’t even have any real closed source competitors.

As these tools mature, it’s becoming more and more difficult to sort them into categories. Some blogging platforms are robust enough to build an entire site. Content management systems often have some features you usually find in Web app development frameworks, and text editors begin to look more and more like full integrated development environments (IDEs).

While that makes it tougher to organize our lists, it’s good news for designers and developers. As Web tools offer more features, it makes Web professionals’ jobs easier, and it opens up new opportunities for hobbyist and home users whose coding skills might not be as well developed.

Here are 56 of the best open source Web development and design tools that provide good alternatives to popular commercial, closed source software.

Blogging Platforms
1. WordPress Replaces: TypePad One of the most popular blogging platforms, WordPress is currently the home of more than 25 million blogs. It also offers enough template options and special features that some people use it to host their entire sites. Operating System: OS Independent

2. MovableType Replaces: TypePad MovableType bills itself as an "all-in-one social publishing platform" with Web site creation, content management and social networking features, in addition to its blog publishing features. It shares some code with TypePad. Operating System: OS Independent

3. LifeType Replaces: TypePad While it doesn’t offer free hosting like WordPress and MoveableType, LifeType does offer an excellent platform for creating your own blog or even an entire Web site. Key features include an easy-to-use WYSIWYG interface, integrated media management, a good template library, built-in anti-spam, and support for multiple authors. Operating System: OS Independent

4. Firefox Replaces: Internet Explorer According to the latest figures from NetApplications, about 23 percent of all people on the Web use the Firefox browser. Its key benefits over Internet Explorer are its speed, security and huge library of add-ons and themes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

5. Chromium Replaces: Internet Explorer Chromium is the open source project behind Google’s Chrome browser, and it’s also the base for several other, less popular open source browsers. It’s best known for being lightweight and fast. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, ChromeOS

6. K-Meleon Replaces: Internet Explorer Very similar to Firefox, K-Meleon aims to let the user have absolute control over how the browser looks and feels. It also lets you choose whether to use a Favorites, Hotlist, and/or Bookmarks list, and it supports mouse gestures. Operating System: Windows

7. DokuWiki Replaces: Confluence, SamePage This Wiki-only app is designed to help small groups create documentation for their projects. It’s simple but effective. The DokuWiki Web site also offers a Wizard to help users compare Wiki software. Operating System: OS Independent

8. MediaWiki Replaces: Confluence, SamePage The software that runs Wikipedia, MediaWiki offers a very familiar interface, but can also be customized with a number of skins. It scales to handle a lot of traffic and is designed to run on a large server farm. Operating System: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X

9. MindTouch Replaces: Sharepoint, IBM Lotus MindTouch Core (the open-source version of the company’s flagship product) includes a Wiki, development platform and Web services framework. It’s designed to improve enterprise collaboration. Operating System: Windows, Linux

10. TikiWiki Replaces: Confluence, SamePage In addition to Wiki functionality, this Groupware app also includes modules for forums, blogs, articles, image galleries, map servers, bug tracking, rss feeds and more. Users have downloaded it more than 800,000 times, and it runs tens of thousands of sites, including the Firefox support site. Operating System: OS Independent

Content Management Systems
11. Drupal Sitecore CMS, Kentico Used by the White House, AOL, Yahoo, MTV, Popular Science, the World Wildlife Fund, and many other well-known Web sites, Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems available. More than 7,000 modules let you extend its capabilities and nearly 900 themes make it easy to create a site that reflects your organization’s unique character. Operating System: OS Independent

12. Joomla Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico Joomla calls itself "the most popular Web site software available." Organizations like Harvard University, Citibank, IHOP and the Guggenheim Museum use it to organize their online content. Operating System: OS Independent

13. XOOPS Replaces: Sitecore CMS, Kentico XOOPS considers itself both a dynamic content management system and a Web app development tool. It uses a modular design, so you can use it for something as simple as a personal blog or as complicated as a multi-function enterprise portal. Operating System: OS Independent

14. Alfresco Replaces: SharePoint, Documentum, Open Text In addition to managing your Web content, this enterprise-class content management system offers document management, records management and collaboration features. The company claims it can reduce company costs up to 96 percent versus SharePoint, Documentum and Open Text. Operating System: Windows, Linux

Source: www.itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3917001/56-Open-Source-Replacements-for-Popular-Web-Development-and-Design-Tools.htm

Report Finds WordPress Leading the Web CMS Market


Source: http://is.gd/iEJsb

water&stone has released the 2010 Open Source CMS Market Share Report. PHP-based systems WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal continue to dominate the web content management space. But, while the Big Three remain unchanged from last year, the Report concludes that WordPress has re-taken the overall lead from Joomla!.

“WordPress had a phenomenal year. Our research shows downloads up over 100% and page views for the project site up nearly 200%. Publishing and developer support also increased dramatically since the 2009 Report,” notes lead analyst Ric Shreves. “While many of the other systems had good years, they were simply outpaced by the strides made by the WordPress CMS.”

Though PHP-based systems remain the populist choice, the survey places two .NET and three Java systems in the Top 20. DotNetNuke remained the market leader in the .NET space. In the Java WCM space, Liferay leads the market for the first time, with Alfresco trailing closely behind.

The findings in this year’s report were based on a survey of more than 5,000 CMS users, together with research into a wide variety of measures of market share and brand strength. “In addition to having a much larger survey set this year, the Report benefits significantly from the historical data we’ve accumulated across the last three years, allowing us to place the trends into context and reach more meaningful conclusions,” adds Shreves.

The Open Source CMS Market Share Report was launched in 2008 by digital agency water&stone. The Report is non-commercial and released under an open license. Since its inception, the Open Source CMS Market Share Report has become the industry standard for purpose of defining market share and adoption rates in the open source content management system market.

Deja Vu: WordPress defeats Joomla, Drupal again in CMS wars

by Darnell Clayton

The results for the 2010 Open Source Awards are in and it looks like WordPress has once again defeated both Joomla and Drupal as the preferred CMS among the masses (at least those who voted).

Perhaps Joomla isn’t better than WordPress after all?

I was just informed that WordPress, in head-to-head voting against Joomla and Drupal, has won this year’s Open Source CMS Hall of Fame award.

We have to be careful because if this trend continues people might think WordPress is a real CMS, useful for more than just a blog. This would ruin our stealth campaign and might bring dozens of new users to the WordPress community. If you could keep this on the DL we’d appreciate it.

We don’t want WordPress to develop a reputation. (WordPress News)

Truth be told I am not surprised by the results, despite the fact that WordPress was never initially designed as a CMS while both Joomla and Drupal are (the latter which is about to release version 7.o).

With the exception of OnSugar (which is more of a cult of Drupal), both Joomla and Drupal are very difficult for users unskilled in HTML, CSS, etc. to use without geek assistance.

This probably explains why many of my non-geek friends have switched away from other platforms to WordPress, as they do not have to hire a geek in order to perform the simplest of tasks (or harass me for that matter).

Ironically BuddyPress (which allows bloggers to build their own social network) also made the list this year, although unlike its big WP brother it only took the bronze in the “Most Promising Open Source Project” category.

It will be interesting to see if WordPress is able to hold onto the crown in the future, as last I check the Drupal community is working to make their CMS much more user friendly.