Installing Content Management Systems

Many library websites are compositions of interconnected resources. For example, a library may have a front-facing website that provides basic information about the library, its physical locations, and its services. That front-facing website may be connected to an integrated library system (ILS) or library service platform (LSP) that is itself a different website. The front-facing website may also be connected to other sites that provide access to all sorts of databases. In the end, this means that a library website is not just one place. It is much more like a series of interconnected buildings, each of which has its own entry points.

In this section, we will learn how to build these interconnected resources. First, we learn how to use WordPress to setup a library's front-facing web presence. The basic process is similar to the process we used when building our bare bones OPAC. We will then use the instructions for the WordPress install to install and configure Omeka, which we might imagine is used to build a digital library for our library.

At the end of this section, we will have begun creating a library web presence that is more than a basic front-facing web presence. Instead, it will start the infrastructure for an ecosystem that provides access to all sorts of library resources.