Just wanted to update everyone on the status of the Jetpack training videos. I had hopped to have them done and posted by now but I’ve been stuck with a lingering cold for the past two weeks and my voice is hardly in the condition needed to be understandable in a video. So, as soon as this all clears up (hopefully by next week) I’ll be sure to get those videos done.
Thanks for your understanding.
This morning we upgraded to version 3.7 of WordPress. You shouldn’t notice many changes, if any, but if you encounter any new problems please report them ASAP. Those interested in more information about this update can read this WordPress blog post.
This afternoon I have the pleasure of announcing that both the Ponca Carnegie Library and the Spalding Public Library are the 58th and 59th libraries to go live with this project. Please take a moment to visit their sites and welcome them to the program. Now, who’s going to be #60?
You can use Jetpack’s Publicize feature to automatically send your blog content to other sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Here’s how to set it up.
(There is an important note about something I did not address in the video in the comments below. Please be sure to read it after watching the video.)
When you log into your Dashboard you should see a new banner across the top announcing that I’ve installed and turned on WordPress Jetpack for everyone. You’re welcome to just close this by clicking the X in that banner but Jetpack does offer a few additional features that I highly recommend.
- WordPress.com Stats
Those of you using Google Analytics to track your site’s statistics can continue to use it but with recent changes, Google Analytics will no longer work for our sites. This package gives you sits stats using WordPress.com instead of Google
Turning on this feature allows you to write posts for your blog and then have them automatically posted to your library’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and/or Path accounts. Write once, publish many.
This feature allows your readers to subscribe to your blog via e-mail if that’s their preferred method of receiving your content.
All of these features, and more, can be found under the new Jetpack item in the dashboard menu on the left.
To get started, go into Jetpack and click on the Connect to WordPress.com button. There create a WordPress.com account if you don’t already have one (chances are you don’t as this is not the same as having your site with us,) and then give Jetpack your WordPress.com login information. Once you’ve done that additional “configure” buttons will appear in the box for each Jetpack feature.
To use a particular Jetpack feature, click its configure button, and follow the provided instructions.
Over the next few weeks I’ll strive to create training videos on at least the three previously-mentioned features and post them on the Online Training page. In the meantime, feel free to post questions and comments about Jetpack on this post.
We just found out from the office of the Chief Information Officer of the State of Nebraska that the state internet connection will be down tomorrow, October 8, from Midnight to 4:00 AM. This means that during this time period all libraries.ne.gov Web sites will be inaccessible. Hopefully this won’t affect too many people (hopefully no one), but I wanted to let you know in case you do receive reports of problems.
If you’re planning on attending the NLA conference in October please be sure to mark on your calendar our WordPress Users Group meeting on Friday, October 11th from 10:00-10:50am. (Room TBA) Diane and I plan on covering new and upcoming features in WordPress along with time to answer your questions and hear your feature requests.
Say hello to our newest participant: Blair Public Library!