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StoryLab: HIST 3391 / SOCI 3392


There are several content management systems available to create robust websites that can showcase your research and work. This guide will review three options: Omeka, WordPress and Google Sites. Your research area and how you would like to present your work will guide your choice. This LibGuide is designed to give you an overview of each tool and how to implement it. In addition, strategies for determining which tool is right for you, planning a website, and design and copyright considerations are also covered. If you have questions along the way, would like to brainstorm about your project, or just have a technical question, be sure to contact me!

Content Management Systems & Website Builders

A content management system is an application that is typically used to manage content and projects on the web. Content management systems often come with a variety of options to present media and information. Major content management systems include WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Over 40% of all websites on the Internet are created using WordPress 1. These systems can be used to create informational sites, blogs and even e-commerce sites.

Omeka is also considered a content management system with a focus on providing detailed metadata for digital assets like images and documents. Omeka is a free open source web-publishing system built by and for humanities scholars. It is used by hundreds of archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. It’s an easy way to create professional quality online exhibits. The free version comes with 500MB of storage, 2 theme options, 8 plugins, and the ability to create one site. 

Google Sites is more appropriately classified as a  "website builder" tool as it does not offer the same functionality and management as the other content management systems mentioned above. It does, however, offer a way to manage content, so for our purposes we will consider it as part of this category and a viable option for presenting information and research.



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