I thought it might be useful and relevant to describe what I am doing with WordPress to support delivery of this module. Not that it is anyway significant not earth shatteringly technologically brilliant, but it may well be worth reflecting on. It may also be relevant for any other WordPress mavens out there to call me out on something or to offer some assistance for a greater experience for all.
I made an initial decision to host the WordPress install myself in order to give me more control over theming, forums and plug-ins than would be allowed by hosting this at WordPress.com. This decision in itself raises debate over exactly how much additional functionality I really need and collaterally questions what sort of server demands this places on my own shared server space.
Our first failure resulted from my own host being blacklisted (as you may or may not be familiar with) as shared servers often result in strange bedfellows – and I seem to inadvertently have some. As a result many of the registration confirmations have been spammed by mailservers (including TCD’s) and this has also spammed notification of updates to discussion topics – thus reducing the ease of use of the forums.
The initial plug-ins for functionality include:
Akismet – Security;
bbPress – Forum functionality;
Disqus Comment System – Content persistence;
Jetpack by WordPress.com – Mixed bag of useful stuff;
WordPress Importer – To grab some historical posts for fertilising discussion;
WP Super Cache – Make my provider happy.
Have set up a Google Group to see if the forum functionality might be better handles there. Jury still out. Comments welcome.
Having a bit of time to tweak I added:
Twitter Hashtag Feed Widget – to capture tweets tagged with #tcdcs3107 to the sidebar;
TPG Get Posts – to full out posts with Weekly Assignment type stuff.
BackWPup – to allow for appropriate backup and security
In process of posting the first videocast of the term. I had been planning to use YouTube in the interest of openness and using popular and widely used services. Then I simply talked too long and YouTube has a cutoff of 15 minutes so moved to my fallback of screencast. I am using Camtasia software to capture my slide presentation along with video of my talking head. It’s interesting software and I am just getting used to it.