Once you've decided you want to use Omeka to build a digital collection or exhibition, there are three different paths to getting your site up and running:
You can let Omeka host your site for you at omeka.net. Users of the "free trial" can create one site, with < 500 MB storage, two themes, and limited plug-ins. If you need more users, more storage, more themes/plugins, or more sites, there are several flexible payment plans for you to choose from. The trial site option is the best for folks looking to see what the Omeka backend is all about.
Alternatively, your site can be hosted by Middlebury at omeka.middlebury.edu. A limited number of themes and plug-ins are available, but your site's updates and patches will be handled by Middlebury ITS, and the site will be hosted and secured on Middlebury's servers. This is a great option for using Omeka in the classroom. To have a site created for you:
Go to the Web Help Desk and create a ticket using the Request Type "Omeka Issue/How To"
Once your site is created, you'll need to go in and add users (e.g. the students in your class)
Please request your site 1-2 weeks before you need it
For those seeking complete control, you can install a self-hosted version of Omeka via MiddCreate. You'll be responsible for installation, updates, and patches, but you'll have complete control over theming, plug-ins, etc. The sky's the limit! This option is best for those users with a high level of tech comfort and experience creating websites.
The dashboard is your control center for managing your Omeka site. You can manage plugins, themes, and other settings using the top navigation menu. Items, collections, pages, and exhibits are added via the left-hand navigation menu. You can go on to the next pages in this guide to see more about those steps.