Website in a Box program is moving on

‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
‘To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax –
Of cabbages — and kings –
And why the sea is boiling hot –
And whether pigs have wings.’

–Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

It has been so rewarding to run the Website in a Box program. It’ s fun to see 15 Utah libraries grow their own websites.  We’ve learned along the way, and the stats for the various sites are fabulous. They are getting thousands of visitors a month, and also have their library catalogs online where a person can place a hold, or renew a book online. Residents can access Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library at every site.  There are some cool, unique sites, so look through them and see their progress.

Thanks, Shelly Drumm, for all of your help on this project. It’s been fun.
Colleen Eggett

Web in a box value

This has been a super value to our library as we did not have a website until this project. We would not have had the money to hire a professional or even have our technician spend the time on creating one for us. This is something that we have control over and can update on our schedule- not have to wait for someone else or have to meet a deadline that doesn’t fit. We have had many comments from patrons on the value of our site. It is a great step in keeping up with the times. We are so grateful for the ability to do the work on our website ourselves and for the great service it is to the community.
Juliene Parrish
Richmond Public Library

Next Website in a Box training

Instructor: Shelly Drumm, BCR
Audience: Public librarians who have websites through this project
Location: Utah State Library, Computer Lab, 201

We will review the basics of setting up your pages, adding posts, adding links, news feeds, your online library catalog, and anything else you want. The last part of the session will be for help with your individual site. Come prepared to learn and do! This is a working session. Bring all those who work on your website.

Don’t own a public library website in Utah yet? Contact Colleen Eggett ceggett@utah.gov
See details about the project

Domain Registry of America- don’t get scammed

I received notice today that one of us whos name shall remain nameless just got scammed by Domain Registry of America. They are sending out notices to websites that need to be renewed soon asking for $30, three times the price we’re paying.

DON”T GET SCAMMED! There are over 100,000 posts on google about this scam. See: http://trinaallen.wordpress.com/2008/04/11/domain-registry-of-america-scam/
http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/domainnamescams.htm
Federal Trade Commission: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/12/domainreg.shtm

What you should do:

A. Throw away the letter if you received it
B. Request your $ back if you already paid

C. If you want to move away from us you can transfer your website to your city’s hosting service for free and pay bluehost or another vendor the $10 a year for the domain registration.  You can transfer your account at any time without charge if you are going to your city’s site.  There’s never a good reason to get scammed.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

I just barely upgraded all the sites to WordPress 2.7.  The main advantage is that it will take you fewer clicks to do what you need to do. You will see that the menu bar, which was on top, is now down the left side.

Also, if there is an upgrade to something you are using on your site (a widget, a template), it will tell you and you can just click on the upgrade and do that yourself. It’s really easy.

We will have an online workshop on using WordPress 2.7 in Jan. Watch for it on our Workshops page.