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Omeka One-Click Installs

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Did you know that some hosting companies offer one-click installs for Omeka?

With the click of a button, you can install Omeka and create the necessary MySQL database at the same time. Although there are sometimes hiccups — you might need to edit the .htaccess file — a one-click installation can be convenient.

Hosting companies which currently offer one-click Omeka installations include:

Softaculous, also offers a one-click option for AMPPS, which installs a local development environment on Windows machines.

One of the advantages of a one-click installation is that it allows you to gradually familiarize yourself with Omeka’s file structure and take your time becoming comfortable with your FTP client, rather than having to master these processes at the beginning. Moreover, any hosting service that offers a one-click install will have the necessary underlying software (php, imagemagick) and permissions to install Omeka, whether or not you choose to go with the one-click option.

Bear in mind that one-click installs are limited to whichever version the hosting service has selected. The updates provided by the hosting service may lag behind or may not be available at all.

Also, whether you install using one-click or manually using your ftp client, you will have to add plugins and themes manually.

As always, those who do not want to deal with servers and FTP clients, or comparing the virtues of any number of hosting services, can sign up for an account at These accounts are hosted by Omeka, with plugins and themes already installed. The exact plugins and themes vary depending on which of the account plans one selects.

Omeka can work for you, no matter which Omeka your choose or how you install it.

Omeka’s Future: New Grants and New Features

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Occasionally, interested individuals ask the Omeka team about the future and outlook of the project. Without quoting Timbuk3, I say that we are pleased with what lies ahead.

The Omeka project completed its three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant in December 2010 (read the final report)and continues to move forward and grow. Since its public launch in 2008, Omeka exceeded all of our expectations in its growth and adoption by institutions of all sizes, individual scholars, educators, and enthusiasts. We have fostered a strong open source community that continues to thrive. CHNM is committed to supporting this community and its software, which we ourselves use for many of our in-house digital cultural heritage projects. Development of Omeka proceeds towards a version 2.0., and work continues with as well, as the development team makes additional plugins available for the hosted service.

As you may have read last week, we are especially pleased to be working with the University of Virginia’s Scholars’ Lab with funding from the Library of Congress over two years to fund a collaborative “Omeka + Neatline” initiative. The project’s goal is to enable scholars, students, and library and museum professionals to create geospatial and temporal visualizations of archival collections using a Neatline toolset within Omeka. Results from this project feed directly into Omeka to include regular point releases, improved documentation, development community support, user studies, key enhancements to the plugin API, and a set of geo-temporal visualization tools.

Omeka will also continue to grow with our newly-awarded IMLS National Leadership Grant to fund a pilot of an Omeka Commons. The Commons will offer a select group of Omeka institutional users an easy, one-click option for adding their collections to a central preservation grade repository to provide institutions with both a low-overhead preservation pathway for their materials, and greater community exposure and engagement. Second, Omeka Commons will provide researchers with immeasurably greater and centralized discovery and open access to the small collections contained in Omeka sites across the web. Meeting these aims will require significant work that will include enhancements to the core Omeka software, a new Omeka Commons server, and design and production of the Omeka Commons discovery portal. We look forward to getting the pilot launched within two years, so that we can offer the Commons option to all Omeka users.

We published a short roadmap that outlines forthcoming releases and milestones for 2011-2012.

We appreciate the support, feedback, and contributions we receive from the Omeka community each day, and we hope you will continue to follow our progress in our next two endeavors. Beta Launches

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

After more than two years of planning and development, and six months of Alpha testing, CHNM is pleased to announce the public launch of Beta. Anyone may sign up for an account today. is a hosted web service that brings standards-based online collections and exhibitions to the internet cloud. Simply create a username and password at, and your online collection or exhibition website is up and running. Similar to cloud-based content management services offered by, Blogger, and PBWorks—but geared to the needs of scholarship and cultural heritage—no server or programming experience is required to launch an website. With, users can build digital exhibits, map photographs, collect memories from web audiences, or publish new scholarship in a few easy steps. will offer five plans for users that include a range of options from building one site using a few plugins and themes to deploying an unlimited number of sites that uses an extensive set of add-ons and designs. These plans, including a basic free option, are available to accommodate a variety of individual and institutional users. is an outgrowth of the Omeka project, in partnership with Minnesota Historical Foundation and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Using Jumpbox to install Omeka

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Omeka is now supported by JumpBox, a service that simplifies the process of installing open source software. JumpBox gives you the option to run a virtual machine locally on your Windows/Mac/Linux personal computer, or to purchase website hosting that includes Omeka already installed.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to use Omeka with Jumpbox, check out this informative screencast created by Sean Tierney of Jumpbox, or go ahead and download the Omeka 1.1 Jumpbox.

We’re excited to be working with Jumpbox, which is part of our larger effort to provide one-click installs of Omeka. We encourage you to contact your web host and ask for Omeka support.