Webkits

Webkits oplin Tue, 06/16/2009 - 09:30

OPLIN Webkits

 

 Are you ready to improve your library's website?

Read Website Kit testimonials here

Is your library ready to replace its outdated site with something that:

  • Looks more professional?
  • Is easier to manage and doesn't require a tech?
  • Meets current standards for handicapped accessibility?
  • Displays clearly across mobile devices?
  • Provides advanced features?
  • Presents your library to your community as a strong, credible institution?

OPLIN is pleased to offer Ohio's public libraries  Website Kits, a service that provides all of these features and more at a modest cost.  We understand that, in these budget-strapped times, it is more important than ever for public libraries to show their communities that they are vital and trustworthy institutions that can provide the same advanced features as other kinds of sites.  We also know that library staff have even less time to manage their websites.  OPLIN's  Website Kits offer a host of options for little investment of time and funds. 

 

Why would your library want an OPLIN Website Kit?

  • The kit includes a full content management system (CMS).  This means that library staff can control the entire content of the site without needing anyone to change back end code.  It's as simple as writing an email or filling out an online form!  Create new pages with a few clicks.  Post news stories to your front page with no technical knowledge required. The Website Kit makes managing your library's web site simple...finally!
  • Even the basic version has extra features. Want a WYSIWYG editor for your content?  Want to be able to attach PDF files? Color-coded events? A featured message for emergencies? All of these are featured in the basic, fixed-cost package and many add-ons are also available for a small cost.
  • More advanced features.  The kit also provides:
    • Built-in site search AND the ability to search your library's catalog AND the Ohio Web Library;
    • Ability to categorize your events easily by keywords (and filter your event calendar that way)
    • A Word-like WYSIWYG editor for entering your content, so you don't have to know any code to put your items online;
    • Function to upload and attach documents like PDFs to specific web pages;
    • Ability to easily post clearly visible emergency closing notices;
    • Custom database listings that make it easy for your patrons to see what research databases your library has and what they do;
    • Automatically generated printer-friendly pages;
    • Responsive web design, so your site renders cleanly across devices;
    • A calendar and event listing system;
    • Upcoming events block that auto-fills with your events;
    • Direct integration with Google Analytics, to help your library see how your site is being used by its visitors.
    • Access to the Website Kit Module Market, where you can order add-ins, both free and premium, to your site
  • We do the upgrades for you. Don't have a tech?  No worries!  OPLIN not only hosts your site, but we do all of the required upgrades as needed to the site's systems.
  • We do the graphics work for you.  Each basic kit includes: (Additional custom work can be arranged for an additional cost. Please contact OPLIN for details.)
    • Custom design of the header banner, including your logo if desired
    • Customizing of colors of text, footer, side blocks and calendar
    • Inclusion of a rotating database ad banner at footer of homepage
    • Custom favicon
  • Meets basic web accessibility standards. Website kits typically meet standards for Section 508 and WCAG AA-AAA.. (Some third-party widgets and/or custom scripting requests may not be able to meet these standards.)
  • Free training.  We provide up to 3 hours of free, hands-on training for at least one staff person at the OPLIN office.  We also provide online documentation and additional phone support at no extra charge.  (Additional training for up to 20 people on-site at your library is also available; please inquire for pricing.)
  • Free guidance during the design process.  Our professionally-certified web designer staff will help you with incorporating basic usability and good design principles.
  • No tech required.  OPLIN does the installation, the design, the configuration and the hosting.  All your library has to do is plug in its content.
  • Lots of options.  For a small fee, many useful add-ons are available for your Kit. Ask us if you need special functionality--we're able to accommodate many common requests!

PRICING

OPLIN's pricing is modest.  Our goal is to provide Ohio's public libraries with websites that can better meet the needs of both patrons and staff and be competitive in the rapidly-evolving environment of the World Wide Web.  The cost of your Website Kit will be $795 for initial setup (original design and up to two revisions). Annual maintenance and upgrades cost $360 per year. (Please note:  As of January 1, 2022, OPLIN will not support any versions of Internet Explorer.) Please see the list, above, for a description of all the features included in a standard Website Kit. Limited customization and graphic design service is also available; please call toll-free 1-888-96-OPLIN (1-888-966-7546) for pricing. For information about more extensive customization, including using designs not created by OPLIN, see Custom Websites for Libraries.

Note: Website Kits are intended to use limited server space, storing only the files needed to provide the public with information about the library and its services. To keep prices low and prevent website kit servers from reaching capacity, each website kit is allocated no more than 1 GB of file space, which is sufficient for even very large library websites. Images of library events, etc, should be optimized to stay within this limit or should be stored on another server provided by the library.

TIMELINE

As you might suspect, completion time varies depending on the specifications laid out during the planning stage. Don't hesitate to call us for further discussion of what a timeline for your library's site might be. But we're ready to get rolling with your library's site!

Service objectives:

  • Incident Response: OPLIN staff will respond within one hour to malfunctions of Website Kits during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding State of Ohio holidays. Contact us through the OPLIN Support site.
  • Incident Resolution: OPLIN staff will attempt to resolve every Website Kits malfunction within 4 business hours of Incident Response.

 

Who hosts the website?

We host your website on the OPLIN web servers. That allows us to keep all the software that runs the site up-to-date and secure. Our hosting service includes:

  • Firewall to protect the site against intrusion
  • Regular upgrades to software used to maintain and publish the site
  • Upgrades to server hardware when advantageous
  • Retaining current web site domain name
  • Pro-active fixes for network, system and software vulnerabilities
  • Mirroring of server hard drives to allow quick recovery from hardware failures
  • Problem resolution through the OPLIN Support Center

Will the web address of my website change?

No. When your site is ready, we will replace your current site at the same address. So if your current site address is mylibrary.org, your new site address will also be mylibrary.org.

How will I know how to use the website?

We ask each library that uses one of our websites to send some selected staff to our office in Columbus for two or three hours of training. The next step is for you to begin adding content to your site before it goes "live" on the Internet. Throughout this process we are available to assist you. Finally, when you are confident that your site is ready and you know how to keep it current, we launch it.

What if I have problems later?

Contact us (http://support.oplin.org) and we will work with you to resolve the problem.

What is usability and why does it matter?

The most basic definition of web site usability is whether or not users can quickly accomplish a given task on a website without obstacles.  Obstacles can be long download times, scattered navigation, poor design, dated styles and many more issues, all of which can affect how users access your site and/or perceive your library.

Many of the web sites developed by public libraries do not adhere to web design standards or best practices. OPLIN can help by fulfilling an original purpose – enabling libraries to compete with other Internet information providers – in a new way, focusing on building good library web sites as well as building good library Internet connections.

Website Kits--Selected Portfolio

Website Kits--Selected Portfolio oplin Mon, 04/20/2009 - 09:42

**Map of all OPLIN Website Kit Clients**

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

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Kaubisch Memorial Public Library

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Meigs County District Public Library

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Minerva Public Library

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Brown County Public Library

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Hubbard Public Library

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Putnam County District Library

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McKinley Memorial Library

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Euclid Public Library

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Piqua Public Library

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Orrville Public Library

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Norwalk Public Library

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Troy-Miami County Public Library

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Marion Public Library

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Custom Websites for Libraries

Custom Websites for Libraries hedgesst Wed, 07/08/2009 - 09:36

The OPLIN Website Kits depend on a standardized software installation and design template that allows us to keep the cost low. We do offer limited customization, but some changes "break" our standardized model. For example:

  • in-house changes that break W3C standards compliance;
  • changes that require modifications to a standard Drupal module or the Drupal code;
  • changes that require any special server configuration; and
  • changes that require custom scripting that accesses web resources outside of OPLIN's control.

When a library customer requests such changes, we suggest that it consult with an outside vendor.  OPLIN is not able to accommodate these types of development needs.

Working with third-party designs

When a library requests that OPLIN use a design created by the library or by an outside designer/vendor, the implementation is charged at the hourly rate and as an additional fee.  While we will implement outsourced designs, they typically increase work time in constructing custom CSS files, re-working graphics to work with the Drupal theme template and communications required between OPLIN and the third-party designer.  This can increase a library's cost considerably.

How to make your website process easier

How to make your website process easier oplin Mon, 05/09/2011 - 11:21

 

 
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How to Make Your Website Kit Process Easier
 
 
  1. Ditch “design by committee.” As tempting as it is to have a team of some sort, in our experience, this almost always leads to either delays and/or disasters. You can never make everyone happy! Feel free to gather your staff’s input prior to your first phone call with Laura, but we strongly recommend that only 1-2 (MAYBE 3) people from your library should be involved in the actual phone conference. Because it is difficult to please everyone, typical Web Kit projects that are managed by committees tend not to only run longer, but can be more expensive because of constant revisions. To save your library time and money, designate 1-2 people to be in charge of the process and who can step in to make a decision as needed.
     
  2. Remind your staff who the site is for. In our experience, library staff doesn’t always recognize that the primary (and only) audience for a public website is the public! Attempts to include resources specifically for the reference desk or to organize content just so it’s easier for the staff will generally be opposed by OPLIN. Remind your staff, when seeking input, that patrons not only come first, but are the entire audience for your new site.
     
  3. Filter the input from your staff. If you are collecting suggestions from your staff, please filter the list (or have your designated liason/leader do so) to just those things that are things you would actually consider. For example, if a staff person suggests that the site should primarily be orange and the library’s branding scheme is primarily blue, remove this from the list. It will save a great deal of time for everyone involved.
     
  4. Changes to an approved site architecture will cost money.  The site architecture is typically the first step in planning your new Website Kit. Once your library has signed off on that, any changes will incur additional charges, at the custom work rate.  Keep this in mind when you are looking at the first design draft; changes to the top level navigation or side blocks, for instance, after the approval was already signed, will increase your library's cost.  This is why it is important to make sure you're happy with the architecture, before you sign it.
     
  5. Remember that your library gets three (3)  design drafts—total. Although this is almost always mentioned in the initial call with OPLIN (and is on our website, too), it’s worth mentioning again. As part of the standard Website Kit, your library gets 3 design drafts—total. Beyond that, the custom rate is charged per hour of work. Asking for a sample website in your color scheme will be counted as one of the drafts, as will any tweaks requiring the creation of a new image. If you’re not sure what will be counted, please ask! We’d much rather save you the money.
     
  6. Outside design work is charged at the hourly rate.  Please remember that,  if OPLIN does not do the design, it is considered to be custom work and will be charged at the hourly rate for implementation and as an additional fee.  While we will implement outsourced (or library in-house) designs, they typically increase work time in constructing custom CSS files, re-working graphics to work with the Drupal theme template and communications required between OPLIN and the third-party designer. 
     
  7. Don’t use print copies of the design drafts to make decisions.   When you get a design prototype from OPLIN, it can be very tempting to print it out to show to other staff. However, most printers automatically scale things to fit the paper. This means that you will not see it in the same way you will see it on a computer monitor. Be sure to pull up the .jpg OPLIN sends you in a browser so you can see it on your monitor!
     
  8. Understand that part of OPLIN’s job is to educate. We focus strongly on current best practices in usability and accessibility, as well as site navigation and site design. If we veto something, we’ll always explain WHY and often provide you with third-party resources where you can learn more about current standards.  
     

 

Module Market

Module Market oplin Thu, 10/31/2019 - 07:30

Color-coded Calendar

Color-coded Calendar

Want your website's event calendar easier to visually sort?  With calendar color-coding, you can assign specific colors to a specific type or to the age group of events. The colors show up as as a background color for the event .

FREE: No cost to add to your Website Kit!

color coded calendarWant to make your

 

oplin Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:23

Database Display

Database Display

Frustrated with trying to display and organize all of your library's research databases? Whether if you have access to databases individually or through a consortium, this display allows you to put them all into one, organized display that makes finding what patrons need a snap.

  • Your entries are automatically organized alphabetically
  • Users can easily see all of the databases in a given category
  • You provide the description, URL and a small screenshot of the database. The display does the rest!

Categories are pre-set by the display.  However, you can place any database in up three (3) different categories.

Free: No cost to add this feature to your Website Kit.

 

oplin Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:00

Office Hours

Office Hours

This nifty add-on allows you to change the open/closed hours as needed (especially handy if your hours are part of your library's design template). Separate instances for each of your library's locations are included in the price.

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

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oplin Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:04

Rotating Banner (Carousel)

Rotating Banner (Carousel)

One of the most popularly-request modules, the Rotating Banner (Carousel) module allows you to have a rotating set of images on your websites's homepage (or other page, if you prefer) with embedded links.  Libraries desiring this feature need to be able to create their own high-quality graphics.

  • Users can click any image and go to any URL you specify for that image
  • Carousels can contain 1-5 different images (five is the maximum recommended by usability experts)
  • Includes previous/next and individual slide navigation

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

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oplin Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:07

Scheduler

Scheduler

This feature allows any content you specify to be published and/or unpublished automatically, on any date you specify.

(NOTE: This module is not recommended for use with content types that are in queues--e.g., sliders and front page items--as there is often a conflict in timing.)

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

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oplin Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:10

Site Map

Site Map

This feature automatically generates a site map for your site's users, based on your published content. Includes links to all listed content and RSS feeds for many specific areas that users can subscribe to. Also helps your site to be more SEO (Search Engine Optimization)-friendly, so that search engines, such as Google, can more easily index and rank your site and content.

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

oplin Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:53

Website Audit

Website Audit

(NOTE: A Website Audit may be requested a maximum of twice per calendar year, per client library.)

Wondering if your site is up to snuff? Does it still meet accessibility standards? Do images meet best practices? Is your site too slow? Is your site's content using current guidelines? We'll check all of this, and more, at no charge to your library.  A detailed, written report will be sent to you, describing any found issues and what needs to happen to fix them.

Free: No cost to add this feature to your Website Kit.

oplin Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:22

Website Kit Refresher

Website Kit Refresher

Have a new staff person to acclimate, or just need some reminders about how to use the administration functions of your library's Webkit? This is a one-hour virtual training. We can either do a general refresher, or you can use the time to ask specific questions. Staff being trained should have at least some experience using the administrative interface of the library's Webkit.

Free: No cost to add this feature to your Website Kit.

oplin Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:33

eMedia Display

eMedia Display

**NOTE: Your Website Kit must already have the Database Display module installed before this module can be ordered.**

Frustrated with trying to display and organize all of your library's eMedia resources? Whether you have access to this type of resource individually or through a consortium, this display allows you to put them all into one, organized display that makes finding what patrons need a snap.

  • Your entries are automatically organized alphabetically
  • Users can easily see all of the resources in a given category
  • You provide the description, URL and a small screenshot or logo of the resource. The display does the rest!
Categories are pre-set by the display.  However, you can place any database in an unlimited number of different categories.
 
Free: No cost to add this feature to your Website Kit.
oplin Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:32

#a11y

#a11y

This module allows you to check your content for potential accessibility issues that can affect your library's patrons with disabilities.

Free: No cost to add this feature to your Website Kit.

**Before OPLIN will install this module, a staff member of your library must attend a live 30-minute training.**

Screenshot of a11y module in action, showing an improper alt attribute

oplin Thu, 10/28/2021 - 08:16

Add to Calendar Button

Add to Calendar Button

A button will be automatically added to your library's events that allows users to conveniently add the event to a variety of third-party calendars (iCalendar, Google and others--see image, below). 

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Add to Calendar button fully expanded showing various calendar options

 

oplin Thu, 10/31/2019 - 07:12

Big Covers

Big Covers

A row of four (4) large book covers, with title, author and animated "Reserve" button. This feature appears on the homepage. Library can change the books featured at any time.

NOTES: Takes up full width, so must be placed either below a Hero Image, directly below the site header or directly above the site footer.

Premium: $300.00 Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Big covers demo

 

oplin Thu, 03/10/2022 - 09:20

CAC (Cover Art Carousel)

CAC (Cover Art Carousel)

The CAC feature allows you to have a user-rotated carousel of new items on either your site's homepage or on another designated page in the site. 

  • There is no limit to the number of items that can be placed in the carousel; any items that are published will be displayed.
  • The dimensions of the images in the carousel can be in a range or standardized to one size
  • Please note that the price is per carousel, not per module installation.

Premium: $300.00 (PER CAROUSEL) Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

SEE VIDEO DEMO HERE:  https://youtu.be/g-3aANqlpgQ

 

 

oplin Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:52

Calendar Pop-Up

Calendar Pop-Up

When a user mouses over a calendar event, they get a short description (summary) of the event. They can still click the event's title to get the full description.

NOTE:  Mobile devices do not support mouseovers, so this function is only available on desktops and laptops. Also, this function is not available unless your Website Kit uses the native calendar function to display the full (monthly) calendar.

Premium: $150.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Screenshot of calendar popup

oplin Tue, 10/26/2021 - 10:08

Color-Coded Upcoming Events Block

Color-Coded Upcoming Events Block

Color-code the events in the "Upcoming Events" block in your Website Kit's sidebar by either age or location. Includes legend at the bottom of the block.  (Please note that events that are in more than one category will only be color-coded by the first category alphabetically.)

Premium: $150.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Example of color coded events block

 

oplin Tue, 09/29/2020 - 08:25

Components

Components

This module allows you to create different layouts for different sections of book pages and pages.  See the full tutorial playlist for examples of each of the available components. 

NOTES: Installation and configuration of this module requires more time than many others; please be patient. Also, the video series will show/reference a component (Tabs Wrapper) that is not currently available.

Includes:

  • Left-aligned image
  • Right-aligned image
  • Video with side text
  • Parallax header
  • Image Cards
  • 4-image gallery

Premium: $300.00. Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

oplin Mon, 02/28/2022 - 14:21

Event Importer

Event Importer

Does your library use a third-party event system (either Demco Signup, EventKeeper or LibCal*)? Those events can be directly imported into your Website Kit, so they can be searched by end users and appear directly in "Upcoming Events" blocks and the monthly calendar*--just like natively-entered events!

NOTE: Your library must have a subscription to one of the listed services to use this module.

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches, custom link configuration and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

 

*The LibCal platform does not allow the import of more than 30 days' worth of events, so it can only be used for the "Upcoming Events" block, and an embedded LibCal calendar must be used for the full calendar display.

oplin Thu, 12/12/2019 - 06:39

FAQ

FAQ

This module easily allows you to enter questions an answers and have them displayed in an accordion interface for your visitors. 

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Demo of faq module

 

oplin Fri, 03/12/2021 - 11:13

Facebook Sharing

Facebook Sharing

This module ensures that the correct title and description are pulled from your content when shared to Facebook. A separate field is provided so that you can include a specifically-sized image that Facebook will pull when it displays your content. 

Works with the following content types:

  • Events
  • Book pages
  • Basic pages

Free: No cost to add this feature to your Website Kit.

 

oplin Tue, 12/28/2021 - 09:57

Full-Width Carousel

Full-Width Carousel

**PREREQUISITE: Site must already have original Carousel installed before this can be ordered.**

This version of the carousel (rotating banner) takes up the full width of the device screen and includes custom-colored indicators that are shown as an overlay.

Premium: $100.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

 

Animation of full width slider in motion

 

 

oplin Wed, 02/10/2021 - 13:42

Hero Image

Hero Image

A full-width image that appears directly underneath the site's header, and the search feature is embedded in its center.  The image can be changed by a library at any time. The website will use the most recently-created hero image as the background for this region.

NOTES: If your site already has a carousel on the homepage, this feature will replace it. The search function will be moved out of the site's header and to this new region.

Premium: $300.00 Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

 

Hero image with different search style

Demo of hero image

 

oplin Thu, 03/10/2022 - 08:53

Horizontal Upcoming Events Block

Horizontal Upcoming Events Block

NOTE: Visual Story Blocks module is required before this module can be installed.

Full-width features are more modern and take advantage of larger displays. Now the Upcoming Events block can be full width, also! Links at the bottom of the display can be for either age groups or locations. This module displays two rows of three (3) events each at larger sizes; events will stack as singles at smaller sizes.  See images, below.

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Horizontal upcoming events display

On mobile:

Horizontal events on mobile

oplin Tue, 06/14/2022 - 08:06

Location Blocks

Location Blocks

Make your events easy to find!  A side block including the address and a miniature Google Map will appear in relation to an individual event's location (See image, below).

NOTE: This module is only available for sites using the native Website Kit calendar system or the Evanced (Demco Signup) event importer module.

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

What a location block looks like

 

oplin Thu, 10/31/2019 - 07:33

Service Blocks

Service Blocks

This module creates a row of four (4) interactive graphics & text, intended to promote specific library services. The row is for the site's homepage, and can be placed A) above or below an existing carousel B)just below the site's header or C) just above the site's footer.

NOTE: The library creates the specific graphic background for each service block; backgrounds should not conflict with the text color(s) used. 

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Animated demo of service blocks feature

oplin Wed, 03/09/2022 - 13:46

Sticky Header

Sticky Header

Minimizes the header of the website and keeps the header at the top when the user scrolls vertically on desktop-sized devices.

**It is strongly (!) recommended that libraries provide OPLIN with an SVG version of their library's logo in order to avoid additional costs.***Additional customization costs may be required with this module if your library's logo is not available in a vector format.

Premium: $300.00* Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Sticky header demo animation

 

oplin Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:03

Visual Story Blocks

Visual Story Blocks

The web has become increasingly visual, and many people will now not read even a sentence or two. OPLIN introduces Visual Story Blocks, which focus purely on the visual aspect of a promoted item, displaying just a brief title and a larger image.

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

Demo of visual story blocks

 

Visual story blocks can also be laid out horizontally, if your site is also using the Horizontal Upcoming Events block module:

 

Demo of horizontal story blocks layout

 

oplin Thu, 10/01/2020 - 09:09

Webform **READ WARNINGS CAREFULLY**

Webform **READ WARNINGS CAREFULLY**

Create your own online forms.

WARNING: Because the Webform module is a development platform with access to a near endless arrangement of fields and configurations, OPLIN can only support those fields covered in our custom training videos. Webforms have a significant learning curve. If you are not prepared to undertake this on your own time, OPLIN recommends NOT purchasing this module. Support requests that go beyond the scope of the OPLIN training videos will result in per-hour charges to the library.

Features include the ability to make specific fields required and send results via email to one or more addresses.  To learn more about how to use this module, see our online video series .

Premium: $300.00.  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs, but additional instruction and support billed at hourly rate)

oplin Thu, 06/09/2016 - 13:14

Workflow

Workflow

Do you want a content approval process for your Website Kit? With this module, content can be held in a "draft" state (and not published) until an administrator reviews it and changes it to be a published item. 

Premium: $300.00  Includes security patches and upgrades in perpetuity (no ongoing costs)

oplin Fri, 03/12/2021 - 11:28

Webkit Manual

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Webkit Manual

The Website Kit Process

The Website Kit Process oplin Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:54

Wondering what the process is for getting an OPLIN Website Kit? Details, below:

  1. Phone conference. The process starts with a phone conference, generally between OPLIN and one or perhaps two contact people (see How to Make Your Website Kit Process Easier for more information about Website Kit liaisons).  We will send you a list of questions to consider beforehand. We'll discuss what you like (or don't like) about your current site, and what you'd like in a new one. We'll also make recommendations based on your needs and goals.  
  2. Cost estimate.  After the phone conference, OPLIN will send you an itemized cost estimate for your project, based on what was discussed in the initial phone conference.  You'll be asked to review and to note any changes.  
  3. Contract.  Once we have a finalized cost estimate, your library will be sent an official contract. When we have received the signed copy, work on your new Website Kit will be in earnest.
  4. Site architecture.  We'll put together a site architecture, which will  map out the hierarchy of your content, based on the phone conference and on the site's existing content.  We'll then ask you to make revisions (such as removing pages no longer used or re-arranging the order of any pages).  OPLIN will review your proposed changes for any potential usability issues. Once we have something we're all happy with, you'll sign an Architecture Approval form. Keep in mind that any changes requested to this architecture,  after signing,  will incur additional charges, with a minimum charge of $150.00.
  5. Design. Based on the specifications laid out in the phone conference and the approved site architecture, OPLIN creates a design prototype (mockup).  We allow up to three drafts; that means that, after the original version, you'll have two (2)  more drafts available for tweaks or changes.
  6. Construction.  This is when OPLIN actually builds your site. 
  7. Review. When the site build is nearly complete, we'll send you a link to it on a test server to look at, and ask you to fill out an approval form for various design elements. Any issues should be noted at that time.
  8. Training. When  all design regions are fixed and approved, we'll schedule training for you and/or your designated staff. The training will cover how to input various types of content, as well as any administrative functions native to the site. Training typically takes approximately two (2) hours; we allow up to three (3) as part of your project. 
  9. Launch. Launch occurs when you tell us that all necessary content has been migrated to the new site.  OPLIN will will work with your library to manage any DNS changes for domains related to your website.

Welcome Packet

Welcome Packet oplin Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:16

Testimonials

Testimonials oplin Fri, 06/04/2010 - 12:20
  • "I also want to take a minute to thank you for all your help with this website.  You have taken a big portion of my job and turned it from drudgery to so much fun!   I also don't have to spend enormous amounts of time editing and messing around with a nasty, cantankerous dinosaur anymore. ...I have to say that I'm extremely excited about the new site.  It makes me feel good.  It's simple, clear, concise, has all the necessary info and is really easy and fun to learn and work with!"--Grafton-Midview Public Library
     
  • "We're looking forward to having a more responsive site for our library and community.  Your help has been appreciated."--Milton-Union Public Library
     
  • We are so pleased with how smooth the website transition has gone! We really haven't had any significant difficulties today. Yay! Thanks so much for all your work and such prompt responses to everything that has come up."--Orrville Public Library
     
  • “ OPLIN WEBKITS ROCK!”— Granville Public Library
     
  • "I have just been visiting Web sites of a number of libraries across the country. It just reinforces what a great job you did on our new Web site. It looks beautiful, it reflects the atmosphere of our community, and it functions well. (And it doesn’t take 15 minutes for people to find our phone number!)"--Wright Memorial Public Library
     
  • "The work estimate is right on target.”— Marion Public Library>
     
  • "BULLSEYE!  I love it, Laura!" & "By the way, the dynamic webkit was the best thing we ever did! Just love our site. Thank you." --Tuscarawas County Public Library
     
  • "It looks wonderful!!!"--Logan-Hocking County District Library
     
  • "Love it…perfect…"--Harbor-Topky Memorial Library>
     
  • Thanks so much for everything. We are all extremely appreciative and pleased. You were a true pleasure to work with."--New Carlisle Public Library