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Using WordPress for Science

Science blogging really took off in 2010, as the ever-popular scienceblogs.com hit its stride and traditional publications like Nature and even WIREDLasix No Script launched their own science blog networks.

But most blogging systems aren’t up to the task of providing science-minded bloggers with the right tools for presenting and discussing science. The ability to in-link to reference items in the middle of pages, for example, or easy-to-use footnotes are among the many features that simply don’t come standard with WordPress or any other popular blogging platform at the moment.

Blogging Beyond the PDF, a website devoted to science writing on the web, has taken on the task of cobbling together an adequate science blogging system using WordPress and an array of appropriate plugins. Check out the plugins page, where you’ll recommendations for turning WordPress into a science writing platform worthy of note.

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01 2011

How to Turn Your WordPress Backend Into a News Room

WordPress makes a pretty good content management system for any news organization as-is, but a number of freely available open source plugins can turn the WordPress backend into a professional collaboration tool par excellence.

Out of hundreds of potential plugins, 10000words.net distilled down to 6 “Must Have” WordPress Plugins for Newsrooms.

Want to be able to create assignments shared by an editor, a journalist, and a photographer who will all work on separate sections of the article? Then grab Assignment Desk, created by NYU students specifically for the demands of a newsroom.

Looking to transcend the boundaries of the traditional “document”? Feedback By Paragraphs lets readers post comments to specific paragraphs in your articles. And WinerLinks automatically attaches a permalink to each paragraph, so other sites can not only quote you, but lead their readers directly to the source.

Perhaps the most useful of the bunch, EditFlow “helps you streamline your editorial workflow within WordPress by expanding upon native WordPress features”, letting you assign process-oriented statuses to your posts.

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Read more at 10000words.net.

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11 2010